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New RMD rules

Will the RMD Age Be Raised by New Legislation?

Posted on: June 14, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, reintroduced legislation late Monday that would raise the required minimum distribution age from 70 ½ to 75 and also help workers pay off their student loans.
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Legal Documents for College

Student Loans -How Will Billionaire Robert F. Smith’s Help of Morehouse College Student Loans be Taxed?

Posted on: June 13, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Billionaire Robert F. Smith made the 2019 class of Morehouse College graduates very happy over the weekend, when he pledged to pay off their student debt.
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Big COLA increase in 2023

Suze Orman’s Advice for Retirement Savings at 55.

Posted on: June 10, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
One day it hits you that retirement is around the corner, and you do not have a nest egg for retirement.
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Beware Inheritance Theft

My 403(b) Plan? What’s the Best Way to Deal with it?

Posted on: June 9, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
You’ve contributed to your 403(b) plan faithfully for a number of years. You’re about to retire. Now what? How (or if) you should withdraw that money depends on a number of factors and options available to you.
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New rules for Hearing Aids .

Do I need a Durable Power of Attorney?

Posted on: June 8, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Life brings us too many unique situations that would not be resolved by a will. Sometimes we need a more robust framework of documents. One of the all-stars in that framework is a power of attorney.
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Big COLA increase in 2023

Here’s How You Know You’re an Adult: 10 Documents

Posted on: June 7, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
I’m planning a major trip in 2020: It’s the year I turn 50, and I’m going to visit 50 places I’ve never been before. Among the fun itinerary research, I’m also taking care of more serious things, such as drafting a will and buying life insurance.
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What was in Ray Liotta 's Will

End of Life Planning to Care for Loved Ones

Posted on: June 6, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Funeral pre-planning and pre-arranging is becoming more popular. Unfortunately, not everyone is able, or willing, to talk about their own mortality.
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Assistance for caregivers

Worried about a Spouse Needing Nursing Home Care?

Posted on: June 3, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Let’s take one couple, Tom and Louise, who have been married to each other for over 50 years and live in the same home they bought when they first got married.
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Co-op and transferring to the kids

Estate Planning Hacks Create More Problems

Posted on: June 2, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
My idea: put our accounts in my wife’s name and put the land in our children's names. The way I figure it, when something happens to me, they won't need to do any of that courtroom mumbo jumbo that costs a few thousand dollars. What's your take on the workaround idea?
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CDPAP will pay you to take care of Mom.

A Personal Care Agreement to Care for Mom?

Posted on: June 1, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
About 40 million people are helping to care for older relatives and friends. Some leave their jobs to do so, and some end up as live-in caregivers. All give up much of their personal freedom. Should they be paid for their work?
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