You Gotta Keep Goin’

OK, so I know that isn’t grammatically correct, but it did get your attention, didn’t it? We completed our series of blogs on funeral planning, which you may have found interesting, boring or depressing.  My goal was not to put you into more of the funk that we have been experiencing, but to provide some […]

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The 2019 Income Tax Deadline Is Quickly Approaching

We have all been through the most unusual four months of our lives with the pandemic.  Something that has not been experienced before in the lives of most people alive today.  Hopefully, the worst part of the pandemic is over, people follow the safe-distancing and mask-wearing protocols and life will slowly return to a more […]

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Funeral Service Shopping: Planning Tips Part 7 of 7

Part 7 – Planning Your Own Funeral Pre-planning your funeral is not morbid.  It is being thoughtful and considerate of the loved ones you will leave behind.  It gives you control in selecting what you want and relieves your family of the burden of making decisions in a time of mourning.  Many people feel that […]

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Funeral Service Shopping: Planning Tips Part 6 of 7

Part 6 – Interment Options We have been talking about funeral arrangements in prior segments and now we will look at Interment options.  It may be a cemetery, a mausoleum crypt, keeping cremains in the possession of the family or disposal of cremains in an alternative manner.  Your preferences are just as important, if not […]

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Funeral Service Shopping: Planning Tips Part 5 of 7

Part 5 – Funeral Pricing In our world, when thinking of making a major purchase, we often times will shop around for the best prices, to find the item we like best, etc.  Funerals should be no different except that if you are faced with making decisions unexpectedly, just as you would be if the […]

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Funeral Service Shopping: Planning Tips Part 4 of 7

In the previous blog, we discussed the two largest costs in a funeral service – embalming and caskets.  This segment will provide a little insight into caskets so you will be better informed. Part 4 – Burial Vessels Caskets When visiting a funeral home or showroom to shop for a casket, the Funeral Rule requires […]

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Funeral Service Shopping: Planning Tips Part 3 of 7

This is Part 3 of my series on Funerals, a subject we don’t like or want to think about.  But, a very important one. PART 3 – FUNERAL RELATED FEES Funeral costs include basic services fee for the funeral director and staff, charges for other services and merchandise, and cash advances. Funeral Fees The Funeral […]

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Updating Your Estate Planning

We are taking a break this week from our blogs about funeral planning to share some important news about estate planning document executions in the midst of our current COVID-19 situation.  The series on funerals will resume next week.       Has the pandemic and its effects in the recent months caused you to think about your […]

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Returning Stimulus Checks Issued To Ineligible Or Deceased Individuals

The IRS has issued instructions for the return of stimulus checks sent to individuals who are ineligible or deceased.  The following is a reprint from the IRS website instructing how the checks should be handled: If the payment was a paper check:  Write “VOID” in the endorsement section on the back of the check.  Mail […]

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Funeral Service Shopping: Planning Tips Part 2 of 7

This is Part 2 of my series on Funerals, a subject we don’t like or want to think about.  But, a very important one. PART 2 – The FTC Funeral Rule The Funeral Rule, enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), makes it possible for you to choose only those goods and services you want […]

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