Every year we think of gifts to give our children or grandchildren during the holiday season. Your children or grandchildren may already have many of today's coolest gifts, ear buds, beats, iWatch, sunglasses or even a Canada Goose jacket. What to do, what to do???
As you probably know, the "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin passed away on August 16 after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. The singer, a mother of four, never made an estate plan, leaving her "intestate," which means died without a will. Now her four children, including a son with special needs, will have to go to court to have her estate probated and these matters will no longer be kept private. Additionally, according to her state's law, when a person dies without a Last Will and Testament the assets of an unmarried mother are divided equally among her children.
Every day, you do your best to ensure that your pet is well-cared for and loved. You feed your dog nutritious food, give her an occasional treat, take him on long walks and cuddle with your fur-baby at night. Your cat also eats the best food and gets treats. You may even dance string in front of her. But have you ever taken the time to consider what will happen to your pet if something should happen to you?
Don't let this happen to you....
WHO SHOULD BE YOUR EXECUTOR?
It's almost time for the Super Bowl and Tom Brady and Nick Foles have their game plans in place. What about you, though? Do you have your estate plans in place for your big game?
Happy New Year!
Peace of mind -- The gift that keeps on giving
If you don't know, today is "Giving Tuesday," part of a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. On Giving Tuesday (or any day), individuals and organizations can make charitable donations, gifts to a nonprofit organization, charity or private foundation. This time of year where we show our gratitude for our friends and family with gifts and celebrations is a perfect time to make a donation. In fact, this season is the busiest time for charitable giving with 31% of donations made in the month of December, according to Charity Navigator.
CATHERINE DEPASQUALE MIHALICK, ESQUIRE, CTFA JOINS VINSKO & ASSOCIATES, PC