Matt Perkins

What Women Need to Know About Estate Planning
Women outlive men, make less during their careers and have less in savings due to pay discrepancies and time taken out of the workforce to raise their families.  These are just a few reasons why it is important for you to know the following about estate planning: Minor children can be legally protected with a […]
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Protecting Our Family When It Matters Most
A drama currently playing out in a French courtroom demonstrates that any elderly person can fall victim to financial abuse, even the second wealthiest woman in the world. Lilliane Bettencourt, 92, is heiress to the L’Oreal cosmetics fortune, and Forbes has estimated her worth at $40 billion.  According to a recent New York Times story, […]
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Help for Dealing with a Parent’s Dementia Diagnosis
Alzheimer’s Disease is in the news again thanks to Academy Award winner Julianne Moore’s performance in the movie Still Alice, where she portrays a college professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s and movingly portrays the effect it has on her family. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every […]
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Reasons to Establish a Trust (and Being Rich Isn’t One of Them)
When you hear the words, “trust fund,” do you conjure up images of stately mansions and party yachts? A trust fund – or trust – is actually a great estate planning tool for many people with a wide range of incomes who want to accomplish a specific purpose with their money. Simply put, a trust […]
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The Basic Estate Planning Task EVERY Adult Needs to Review Today
With the federal estate tax exemption at $5.43 million for 2015, many people think estate planning is unnecessary. But there’s one thing ALL adults over the age of 18 need to look at, regardless of estate taxes: beneficiary designations. You would be amazed at how many people neglect this simple step, and their heirs and […]
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Robin Williams’ Family Fight Over Personal Property Not So Funny
Robin Williams’ wife Susan has gone to court over personal items she says were taken from the couple’s Tiburon, California, home without her permission. Williams’ children say their father set up a trust that bequeathed the items to them and that his wife of three years is acting against his wishes. Could this have been […]
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No One Feeling Good About Continuing Battle Over James Brown Estate
James Brown was known for his signature song, “I Feel Good,” but no one is feeling good about the battle that is still being waged over his estate almost a decade after his death in 2006. The majority of Brown’s estate – estimated to be in the tens of millions of dollars – was distributed […]
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“And the Estate Planning Oscar Goes To…” Lessons on Film About Family
The film “Black Heirlooms” has not received any Oscar nominations. It was made by 32-year-old Amanda Brown, whose grandmother’s long-term illness ripped her once close-knit family apart for lack of long-term care planning. Profiled recently in the New York Times, the film is “about the extended uncomfortable, intergenerational conversations that we do not have enough […]
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Why Everyone Needs an Agent
Everyone needs an agent – and not the Hollywood type. An agent is someone you designate to handle your estate after you’ve gone or who can make decisions for you if you cannot make them for yourself. Here are the kinds of agents everyone needs: Executor – an executor is the person you designate to […]
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Life Lessons From Celebrity Deaths on Updating Your Estate Plan
A new year always brings the sad reviews of notable personalities who have died in the past year. Two notable movie stars – Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Walker – provide a cautionary tale on the importance of keeping your estate plan and will up to date. In Hoffman’s case, his 2004 will had never […]
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