I’m sure most of you are glad the tax filing deadline has come and gone, although I suspect there are plenty of you that have postponed the inevitable with an extension.  Either way, just getting through the April deadline seems to remove much of the anxiety surrounding taxes in general and can allow us to

Planning for the Inevitable

This month we’d like to hit on a topic that most of us avoid because it can be hard to talk about. That topic is death, and more specifically, planning our own funeral, memorial service, and burial or cremation. On a personal note, I’ve been through this process in just the last two months with

Avoiding Divorce: Is It Possible?

Over half of first marriages end in divorce. While almost everyone eventually remarries, at least 60% of those second marriages lead to divorce. Divorce is the most common among the newly married, but even couples who have been married for decades are not immune. Despite the numbers, however, there is good news. Barring abuse or

Six Tips for Making Your Marriage Better

In today's busy world, it is easy to become overwhelmed with all of the demands on your time and energy. Work, financial pressure, children and aging parents are just a few of the things that you may be juggling. In this environment, it is easy to  let your marriage slip to the bottom of your

Understanding Prenuptial Agreements

If you are currently engaged, money may be the last thing on your mind. It is easy to get swept away in romance and a heartfelt belief that your relationship will last forever. However, the reality is much more bleak. Every single marriage eventually ends, either by divorce or death. A prenuptial agreement, much like

Should you have a Pre-nuptial Agreement

Should you have a Pre-nuptial Agreement? A little boy asked his father, "Daddy, how much does it cost to get married?" And the father replied, "I don't know, son, I'm still paying for it." Should you have a marriage contract?  It's a misleading question, as pointed out by the National Resource Center for Consumers of