Stop Thief! 10 Things That Can Steal From Your Estate

Stop Thief! 10 Things That Can Steal From Your Estate

If you’ve ever been robbed like I have, you know that awful feeling of violation and loss of control. More than the material things that are stolen, the loss of peace of mind and sense of security can have lasting effects. When I had just started practicing law,...
Take Action Now: Update Your Beneficiary Designations

Take Action Now: Update Your Beneficiary Designations

It is vitally important that you review all your beneficiary designations (life insurance, 401(k)s, etc.) every 2 years, or sooner in cases of births, deaths, marriages, divorce, job changes or retirement. Download our beneficiary designation form here. Read on to see...
Do You Like to Gamble? Advice for Those Who Haven’t Planned Yet

Do You Like to Gamble? Advice for Those Who Haven’t Planned Yet

Michelle and I don’t gamble very often. But when we do, watch out! A few years go, the kids went to the grandparents’ and we spent the weekend in St. Louis. We were staying near Laclede’s Landing at a new hotel near the Lumiere Place Casino. The...
Get comfortable — no high-pressure sales tactics here

Get comfortable — no high-pressure sales tactics here

I remember a phone call I had with a company who sells software to law firms. Their product seemed like something that might be helpful, and I was interested to learn more. I spent an hour on the phone with this guy and things looked good — until the salesman...
Can your estate plan pass the Down Low test?

Can your estate plan pass the Down Low test?

What a Child’s Game Can Teach us About Planning… In our house, the “Down Low, Too Slow” game is very popular. It goes like this: Give me five (hand slap) Way up high (another hand slap) Down low (pull hand away before it can get slapped) Too...