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Pets And Your Estate Plan

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

So many of your hopes and worries related to your estate plan have to do with providing for your children and grandchildren, or for seeing to the care of your surviving spouse and siblings in their old age.  Meanwhile, your generosity toward family members, even while you are alive, is often met with ingratitude… Read More »

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You Call That A Retirement Fund?

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

As the poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Elliot demonstrates in a most unnerving way, your worst enemy and the biggest obstacle to your happiness is indecision.  If you read that poem in high school English class, as many members of Generation X did, you probably focused on Prufrock’s inability… Read More »

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If Your Estate Plan Doesn’t Include A Power Of Attorney, It Needs One

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

Introducing the good enough estate plan.  If you are old enough to be aware of your mortality, then you are old enough to put some instructions in writing about what should happen to your body, children, and property (no matter how meager that property might be) when you die.  The rest can wait.  If… Read More »

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Protecting Yourself From Excessive Long-Term Care Expenses

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

Just as many couples promise, at their wedding ceremony, to care for each other in sickness and in health, you should design your estate plan so that it will take care of you in your old age, no matter your state of health.  Estate planning involves hoping for the best but preparing for the… Read More »

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Your Young Adult Relatives Need A Modest Cash Infusion Now More Than They Need A Big Inheritance Later

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

Even if you are so old that you do not know the difference between Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and Tik Tok, certainly you have heard that young people are anxious and pessimistic about their finances.  Yes, you can dismiss the aspirations of those teenagers who aspire to be social media influencers the way that you… Read More »

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Should You Give Your Spouse Life Estate In Your House?

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

You can’t choose your family, and in many families, certain people only tolerate each other for the sake of a close relative that they have in common.  When that family member dies, the animosity that stayed barely hidden for all those years tends to come out.  If there are any ambiguities or surprises in… Read More »

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What Causes Retirees To Run Out Of Savings?

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

The two goals of estate planning are to have enough money to support yourself in your old age and to be able to leave some assets to your family (or any other chosen beneficiaries) after you die.  In other words, your goal is to avoid outliving your savings.  Public programs like Social Security and… Read More »

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Funding Your Revocable Trust

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

If you have established a revocable trust, you are probably feeling pretty chuffed with yourself.  After all, revocable trusts are one of the most effective ways of keeping your assets from having to go through probate.  You might not be rich, but at least you are not enough of a chump to let the… Read More »

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3 Ways Seniors Can Stay Financially Solvent In The Face Of Inflation

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

If you have read a news report or a grocery receipt in the past few months, then you know that inflation is the highest it has been since the 1970s, when you were new to the workforce.  Younger folks tend to cope with inflation by picking up additional gig work, but that is not… Read More »

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For Millennials, Retirement Is A State Of Mind, And So Is Uncertainty

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

People born in the 1980s are old enough to have had conversations with their parents about the financial decisions their parents made as they approached middle age, and they have come away from those conversations painfully aware that the world is a very different place from what it was a generation ago.  Your parents… Read More »

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