7 Steps to Build a Successful Estate Plan

Over 50% of our adult population does not have a current or up-to-date estate plan to protect themselves and their family’s assets; that’s half of your family, friends, and associates. Estate planning is a financial process that can protect you and your family and is a very important component of your overall financial planning. Now […]

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Estate Planning for Your Digital Life

With so much of our financial and personal information now online, estate plans must address the fact that our digital selves will outlast our human selves. Loved ones left with the unpleasant task of navigating and penetrating the digital maze can inherit a complicated puzzle. Your online banking account, email accounts, Facebook page, and even […]

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Estate Planning: the Best Gift to Leave Behind

The 2018 passing of the “Queen of Soul” arrived with some surprising news. With an estimated $80 million estate, Aretha Franklin died without a will or a trust. Her four sons have recently reached an agreement with the IRS over a $7.8 million tax debt, which should move them closer to receiving money from her […]

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Dollars as Ballots and the Growth of Sustainable Investing

As we celebrate Earth Day 2021, the world of sustainable investing is undeniably expanding –more investors are becoming aware of its promise, and more money is flowing in. Still, investors have questions: do my investment dollars make a difference? Does Sustainable Investing help bring about change and lead (or force, in some cases) companies to behave […]

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Keep Calm and Invest On (Yes, Even THIS Time)

Originally published in North Bay Business Journal When welcoming a new client to our firm, I often begin with the caveat that you will hear one piece of advice so often from me that I may sound like a broken record at times. This guidance lies at the very heart of our investment philosophy. However, […]

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Teach Your Young Adult Children to Handle Their Finances

California gets an “’F’ when it comes to preparing our children for the real world of money,” says the most recent report by the Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy. The Center graded every state on their efforts to produce financially literate high school graduates, and California scored close to the bottom. There’s just no […]

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10 Ways to Teach Children Financial Literacy

In our wealth management practice, we are often asked how our clients can best teach their children about money to help them down a path to becoming prudent financial managers as adults. Gained in more than three decades of service, the following are some of the best techniques we’ve learned to help families pass along […]

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How to Protect Yourself from Online Threats

In light of the increasing number of cyber attacks and data breaches in today’s technology-driven world, it is a good idea to always be mindful of protecting your own personal information when communicating via email or accessing financial websites. To this end, we have assembled the following list of tips to help minimize your risk […]

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Is Now a Good Time to Get into the Stock Market?

That is a question we often hear from prospective clients. The answer is, yes — and no. There is always uncertainty, and the markets could plummet tomorrow. Even though we follow markets closely and read endlessly, we can’t predict the future. So, let’s look at the market right now. There are lots of reasons we […]

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