How to Title Large Purchases

(Originally published July 3, 2019) When making a large purchase people do not generally give much thought to how that asset is titled.  They will most likely default to owning it in their own individual name, or if they are a couple, in both of their names. What if I told you that how youContinue reading “How to Title Large Purchases”

When a Member of your Blended Family has Special Needs

According to The National Survey of Children with Special Healthcare Needs, 12.8% of children under age 18 in the United States, or about 9.4 million children are estimated to have special healthcare needs. These special healthcare needs span from very severe- totally disabled to more mild needs. Blending families comes with its own challenges; biologicalContinue reading “When a Member of your Blended Family has Special Needs”

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”

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”

When the Past Creeps Up

Back in the day when I was young I’m not a kid anymore but some days I sit and wish I was a kid again (Song credit: Ahmad, Back in the Day). Has something either from your past or from your significant other’s past ever crept up and bit you in the ass? Maybe aContinue reading “When the Past Creeps Up”