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New Parents: Buy Life Insurance, Name Beneficiaries and Save for College

After checking your medical plan, getting supplies, padding your bank account, getting an estate plan in order, and deciding if you will return to work and how you will handle childcare, you may be asking, “Am I all set?” “Is it smooth sailing from here on out?” Not quite! Let’s look at three more items that should be on your new parent financial checklist.

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Two More Financial Issues Every New Parent Needs to Address

The decision of whether to return to work and setting up an estate plan are two of the most important financial decisions a parent needs to make. Patricia Sklar discusses both topics in this article.

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Preparing for Parenthood? Don’t Forget These Three Financial Steps

The US is one of few  countries without national paid maternity leave. While the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) guarantees 12 weeks of job-protected time off, this law only applies to public agencies, public and private elementary and secondary schools, and companies with 50 or more employees. Your employer decides whether, and how much you will be compensated when you go on leave. As a result, most families will need to protect themselves financially.

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Is Now the Time to Invest?

The most common question I have received from my clients over the last month Is “Should I invest some of the cash I’ve been sitting on?” Whether you have saved your last bonus, had a liquidity event such as sale of a rental property or received an inheritance, or you have just been thrifty, let me walk you through the exercise I take my clients on when answering this important question.

 

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Changing Jobs – is that grass actually greener?

The most common reason I hear people jumping ship to a shinier boat is for a “better opportunity.”  However, let’s unpack what a “better opportunity” truly looks like.

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Lessons learned from Game of Thrones

It’s amazing to me that a show can start off so strongly, with critical acclaim and a massive following and, at least in the opinion of many, finish so weakly. There is nothing worse than a bad ending.  In real life you don’t want to be that way either.

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Film One Scene at a Time

I hate this cliché, but it kind of fits…Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your goals don’t have to be accomplished in day, or even a year. The important thing is to set goals, make progress and keep at it. Doing nothing will not produce results. As Mark Twain famously said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

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If you don’t look at the monster…

With Halloween on the horizon, I thought it might be time to talk about scary movies.  When I was a kid, I used to watch scary movies with my dad.  My dad likes to tell the story about how when we watched...

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Say What? A Primer to Financial Jargon

Every business has its jargon, and we financial professionals are no exception. But have no fear, I will help you understand what we’re saying. Here are a few terms you may want to know...

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Don’t let financial challenges steal a scene

According to a recent report, Georgia lost its crown spot as #1 for feature films being made…well for 2017. But we only lost to Canada (an entire country), and we remained ahead of LA (well actually both LA’s: Hollywood and Louisiana).

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