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Debt Consolidation

What is debt consolidation?

Debt consolidation is when you roll all of your smaller individual loans into one large loan, usually with a longer term and a lower interest rate. This allows you to write one check for a loan payment instead of many, while lowering your total monthly payments.

Asset Protection in Estate Planning

To insulate your property from such claims, you'll have to evaluate each tool in terms of your own situation. You may decide that insurance and a Declaration of Homestead may be sufficient protection for your home because your exposure to a claim is low. For high exposure, you may want to create a business entity or an offshore trust to shield your assets. Remember, no asset protection tool is guaranteed to work, and you may have to adjust your asset protection strategies as your situation or the laws change.

Understanding IRAs

What types of IRAs are available?

The two major types of IRAs are traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs. Both allow you to contribute as much as $5,500 in 2017 (unchanged from 2016). You must have at least as much taxable compensation as the amount of your IRA contribution. But if you are married filing jointly, your spouse can also contribute to an IRA, even if he or she has little or no taxable compensation, as long as your combined compensation is at least equal to your total contributions. The law also allows taxpayers age 50 and older to make additional "catch-up" contributions.

ABCs of Financial Aid

ABCs of Financial Aid

These days, it's hard to talk about college without mentioning financial aid. Yet this pairing isn't a marriage of love, but one of necessity. In many cases, financial aid may be the deciding factor in whether your child attends the college of his or her choice, or even attends college at all.

Major Federal Financial Aid Programs

Loans

The main federal education loans are the Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan, the Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, the Direct PLUS Loan, and the Perkins Loan. Federal education loans generally offer more generous repayment options than private student loans.

Direct Stafford Loans

Income Tax Tips: Business Insurance

Income Tax Tips: Business Insurance

2018 Health Care Reform To-Do Lists

The Health Care Reform To-Do Checklists you will find below include  valuable information on 2018 Benefits Requirements.  You'll find a list of what needs to be completed, action steps for employers, as well as special tips and deadlines for each step.  Select the To-Do List that applies to your company's size and offerings.

Tax Cuts and Job Act: Impact on Businesses

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Impact on Businesses

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

woman at table

Congress has officially sent the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to President Trump for his signature. The act makes extensive changes that may affect both individuals and businesses financial and planning considerations.  A summary can be found at the link below.

Five Documents At The Core Of An Estate Plan

Every estate plan is unique because of a particular family's circumstances. Still, most people share many primary objectives that may be reflected in five documents often found at the core of a plan.

If your current estate plan doesn't include these five items, you might need to fill the gaps. And if you don't yet have a comprehensive estate plan in place, it's probably time to make that a priority. Mortality can sneak up on anyone.