November 24, 2017
charitable remainder trust

Is a Charitable Remainder Trust for You?

Did you know that you could sell a business or a highly appreciated asset and not pay a dime in taxes? I know what you are thinking. Yes, it does sound too good to be true. However, this is not one of those cases. It is absolutely possible with a charitable remainder trust. Check out this video to find out how! 
November 10, 2017
estate planning

Estate Planning 101: What You Need to Know

I have often said, “estate planning isn’t just for the retirees, it’s for you too!” We often think we will deal with what to do with our stuff much later in life, but the truth is, there is no time like the present for estate planning. Even if you aren’t retiring tomorrow, this crucial puzzle piece can mean the difference between worry and peace of mind for those that depend on you.
October 23, 2017

5 Financial Steps for Surviving the Death of a Spouse

The death of a spouse one can be devastating. Every closet you open, every TV show you watch, every holiday reminds you of those that are no longer there. Not long ago, I experienced the tragic losses of my father and uncle. Luckily, I was able to offer my mother and aunt the financial help they needed, along with the emotional support those grieving need. Because this loss is sadly a fact of life, I have dealt with it in my business as well. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL ADVISOR™ in Knoxville, TN many of my clients need the same help navigating such a devastating loss.
August 1, 2017
2017 Estate and Gift Tax Limits

Estate and Gift Tax Limits for 2017

We all want to leave a legacy. When it comes to money though, the IRS has some say so, meaning there are some tax ramifications to transferring your wealth. Here are the estate and gift tax limits for 2017 you may need to know.
June 7, 2017
reasons you don't need an annuity

Reasons You Don’t Need an Annuity

In the world of finance, advisors are sometimes scolded for selling annuities. Dave Ramsey is especially popular for doing this. While I agree that annuities aren’t always the best option for every individual. There is a time and place for everything. When you’re trying to keep expenses to the client as cheap as possible, achieve an overall comprehensive plan, which includes everything, their asset protection, savings, investments, taxes, etc., an annuity considered holistically may not be the best recourse. However, I have used annuities for clients. So what are some reasons you don’t need an annuity?
March 22, 2017

Just Lost Your Spouse: Now What?

One of the hardest situations anyone faces in life is the loss of a loved one, and when that loved one is a spouse, it can leave you baffled beyond just your emotions. Unfortunately, the financial chaos that ensues can be just as overwhelming as the emotional void when you’ve just lost your spouse. That’s why preparing for the inevitable helps you heal faster, at least when it comes to the financial burdens you face. 1. Stop and allow yourself time to grieve Death is not just emotionally draining, but physically and financially as well. Allow yourself time to grieve. Your emotions will be all over the place. You’ve just lost your life’s mate and quick decisions are the enemy. Processing each emotion is critical to making shrewd financial decisions, especially in such a heartbreaking time as this. Far too often, people make snap judgments on how to handle financial issues […]