Considerations When Planning Your Legacy

When establishing your legacy there are lots of things to think about. Having a solid estate plan gives your loved ones a leg up at an already difficult time.

Why You Need a Blending Agreement for Your Blended Family

Blended or step-families come in all different shapes and sizes. The way that these unique families handle finances comes in just as many varieties. Some families go for the more traditional route of merging all financial matters into joint accounts and making all financial decisions together. Other families choose to keep everything separate and operateContinue reading “Why You Need a Blending Agreement for Your Blended Family”

Estate Planning During an Emergency

Estate planning is generally a deliberate and well thought out process that is carried out throughout the life of the person doing the planning. You may think about who gets your prized art collection in the event of their death, who is going to make medical decisions in the event of your incapacitation, and whoContinue reading “Estate Planning During an Emergency”

Share Your COVID-19 Story

Good and bad has come from this global pandemic. This week I want to share my good and bad and hear from you about your good and bad. Yes, I am counting down the days to when this thing will be over. However, I understand that there is no quick fix and it will getContinue reading “Share Your COVID-19 Story”

Domestic Violence in the Blended Family

Most people feel as though it will never happen to them. That someone whom they love so much and are in such close proximity to would ever lay a finger on them. The truth is that it happens all too frequently. According to the CDC, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men willContinue reading “Domestic Violence in the Blended Family”

When COVID-19 Strikes Your Blended Family

COVID-19 has taken the planet by storm! From a wild meat market in Wuhan, China all the way across the oceans in every direction. Its relentless force has all but brought the world as we once knew it to a screeching halt. There are not many corners of the earth from which this virus hasContinue reading “When COVID-19 Strikes Your Blended Family”

Blending Families When You Have Older or Adult Children

Older and adult children add a different dynamic to a blended family. They tend to have strong allegiances to their biological parents and are less likely to open up to the idea of welcoming a new parental figure so late in their lives. Sometimes they even feel threatened by the new marriage or serious relationship.Continue reading “Blending Families When You Have Older or Adult Children”

Making Healthcare Decisions as a Blended Family

Healthcare decisions are never easy. Sometimes tough choices have to be made and many times someone is left hurting because they were not involved in the process or they did not agree with the choice that was made. How do you make healthcare decisions in a blended family and keep the conflict amongst family membersContinue reading “Making Healthcare Decisions as a Blended Family”

Bringing Assets Into a Second or Subsequent Marriage

It is much easier when you marry in your earlier years before either of you have acquired much in the way of obligations, property or assets. There are no children involved, no ex-spouses, little to no financial obligations and you are starting fresh. It is a little different when you enter a second or subsequentContinue reading “Bringing Assets Into a Second or Subsequent Marriage”

Establishing Rules and Routines in a Newly Blended Family

Starting a blended family is exciting and nerve wrecking at the same time. Will the children like their new step parent? Will the step parent get along with their new step children? Will the children like each other? How will things be with the other biological parent(s)? How will the finances be handled? What willContinue reading “Establishing Rules and Routines in a Newly Blended Family”