The average American family has changed a great deal over the last few decades. The assumption that a couple will share finances, tax obligations, and a last name is one that does not necessarily apply in the 21st century. There are more options than ever before to keep your finances, identity, and future plans separate….

It is a common misconception that financial management and estate planning are reserved for the wealthy. Regardless of how much you have in the bank, you and your family can benefit from planning ahead for the future. If you fail to do so, you could leave your family scrambling if you’re suddenly incapacitated. When you…

Most families are happy families. They get together for the holidays, share laughs, and tell stories. Everyone gets along and enjoys each other’s company. Then, the matriarch or patriarch dies. Suddenly, years of pent-up resentment and hurt feelings bubble to the surface, and the once-happy family is now embroiled in litigation over the decedent’s estate….

Death is a costly business. Aside from funeral expenses, legal fees can take a big chunk out of how much is left for your loved ones after you’re gone. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Careful planning can minimize the legal fees your loved ones will pay after you die. Here’s how: Make…

Please join us for the Smart Women, Smart Money (SWSM) Conference THIS FRIDAY (May 3rd) at the Arkansas Arts Academy in Rogers, Arkansas! This FREE event will begin at 8:00am and last until 4:30pm. Click here to register! While at the conference, please take the opportunity to listen to the following presentations being given by…

Whether or not you have an estate plan in place, you likely have heard the term “probate”. Probate is the legal process by which a deceased individual’s assets are distributed under court supervision. This process is necessary to distribute assets that are solely in the name of the deceased person. Probate is governed by state…

Yes, you do, and here’s why… Please allow us to be frank. It’s unrealistic to think that a piece of paper you draft, reflecting your life at a certain time, will work when you life has completely changed some years later. We’ll use the (fictional) Kendrick family as an example: Meet the Kendricks… Meet Bill…

“Get your affairs in order” – Five words no one ever wants to hear from their doctor. Unfortunately, 58 percent of Americans do not have a will or trust, and it often requires a chronic disease or terminal illness diagnosis, or other life-changing event to prompt the estate planning process. Talk to your attorney –…