What is a Power of Attorney? Everyone Should Know Before Signing One

Despite my age, part of my job description is to review and critique Wills and ancillary documents that clients provide the financial planners.  You would be shocked how many are tax inefficient or worse do not even follow the testamentary intent of the client.  Notwithstanding the ineptness of some attorneys who are drafting Wills, thereContinue Reading

Strange Will Bequests and Estate Plans

Did you ever think your last wishes were weird or strange?  My mom wants Phantom of the Opera playing at her wake; luckily I talked her out of actually putting it in the Will I drafted for her. My Last Will and Testament has certain provisions for hundreds, if not thousands, of glass coke bottles I haveContinue Reading

Why is Layaway Becoming More Popular?

Apparently CNBC is finding that more and more people are using layaway, and I just don’t get it! I have no recollection of using layaway, but then again I am only 27, and part of the generation where everyone had a credit card!  The Simpsons even had an episode where Santa’s Little Helper received aContinue Reading

My Journey to Millions Reallocates his 401(k) After Analyzing his Portfolio

Last week I reviewed Morningstar’s Free X-Ray Tool using my own 401(k).  I believe that most people should leave their retirement accounts alone, both in terms of invading it and asset allocation within the account.  I personally take a very balanced, hands off approach to my 401(k), choosing to look at my 401(k), as IContinue Reading

The IRS Produces Videos for the Deaf in American Sign Language (ASL) to help them Understand Recent Tax Changes

When I discussed the best cell phone service for deaf or hard of hearing people I mentioned that my brother was deaf (yes, I know Sign Language).  So, whenever I hear something about deaf life or culture I have more than a general interest.  So, thanks to Kay Bell of Don’t Mess with Taxes forContinue Reading

Should you Dream about Winning the Lottery?

Forget your personal/religious feelings when it comes to gambling, or even your view of state sponsored gambling (i.e. the lottery) when it comes to a public policy or as it relates to taxes, it is fun and cheap to play for the slight chance of a win a ton of cold cash. We all knowContinue Reading