David Lerner Associates : Family

David Lerner Associates : Family

Long-Term Care
Long-term care planning can be a serious issue for those who find themselves in a situation where it is needed. Nearly 70% of Americans 65 and older will need long-term care.

Marriage and Money
Does speaking about your finances have an impact on how happy you are together? Finances are the leading cause of stress in American couples.

Students and Their Finances
What does the future hold for the next generation in modern America? Students are drowning in debt.

What Does Retirement Look Like Today?
Retirement is becoming something that more and more of the American public will have to face. The demographic of 65 and older is growing - by the year 2060 they are expected to make up more than 24% of the population.

Americans and Financial Planning
Planning for your financial future should not be something that is an afterthought. Unfortunately, it seems that many American families are not taking control of the situation, and this could leave them in trouble later on in life.

Is Retirement Obsolete?
Times they are a-changing. Putting away money into a retirement annuity may not be enough anymore, and people are finding that they have to work longer than ever before.

College and Saving
If you are planning on sending your kids to college then you need to be thinking about the financial costs and the best ways to save for them.

Three Tips on Marriage and Money
When you get together with someone the first thing you think of is not that you will be dealing with bills and mortgage payments. Unfortunately, arguing about money seems to be the norm when it comes to relationships.

Marriage and Debt
Falling in love and getting married is supposed to be one of the best milestones in your life. While that may be the case, it seems that many young couples are starting out life with debt, and this is putting pressure on them in ways that are not healthy.

Retirement Tips for Young Couples
One of the greatest things that young adults have in their favor is time, especially when it comes to retirement planning.

Reaching for Financial Success
While we might have a lot in common, goals and especially goals for financial success, not to mention the definition of financial success, can vary from one person to another. Here are some tips to make the journey to financial success easier on you.

Women and Retirement Planning
Women are wonderful. They outlive men by three to four years on average, and as a consequence, they represent the majority of older Americans. However, on average, they have fewer years of work and lower earnings.

Social Security Myths
Retirees and future retirees depend on, or will depend on, income from Social Security to help provide a financially comfortable lifestyle, but there is a lot of misinformation out there about the program. Here are some common Social Security myths.

Women and Financial Literacy
According to studies, women are falling far behind men in financial literacy. Not that men are all that much more impressive either Men apparently don't know much about the topic either.

Benefits of College Savings Plans
Unless you're well off or on a full scholarship, finding a way to afford the cost of higher education often ends with taking out student loans. However, if you plan ahead with a college savings plan, there are many benefits.

Long Term Financial Planning for Millennials
For a highly educated generation, Millennials show surprising ineptitude in certain areas of money management.

Your Net Worth
Making financial progress involves keeping track of your net worth, even if knowing that number is a much-needed reality check.

Dealing with Financial Stress
Debt, reduced income, children, marriage issues, and the list can go on. There are a lot of things that could cause you to experience some financial stress.

Students and Financial Literacy
With the push for American students to go to college and keep pace with the rising cost of higher education, the financial literacy gap leads many students to make painful early mistakes and financial blunders.

Building an Emergency Fund
The purpose of an Emergency Fund is to improve financial security by creating a safety net of funds that can be used to meet emergency expenses as well as reduce the need to draw from high interest debt options, such as credit cards or unsecured loans.

Student Debt vs Retirement Planning
Student loan debt is something that can follow graduates for the rest of their lives if they don't actively work to pay it off quickly and not just make minimum payments toward the interest of the loan.

Life Insurance for Small Business Owners
As a small business owner, your family members aren't the only people depending on you. Your death could be a disaster for your employees and partners, and it could sink the company you worked so hard to build.

Reaching Your Financial Goals
Sometimes it's difficult to achieve your goals when temptations and lapses in discipline lead us astray. Here are some tips to make the journey to financial success easier.

Retirement Planning and Financial Literacy
A good grasp of basic financial concepts is an important skill to have when planning one's retirement.

College Loans and Savings
September is College Savings Month and it would be wise to take a moment and consider the many ramifications of how one is paying for higher education.

Retirement, Social Security, and Divorce
For divorcees nearing retirement, time is ticking away and financial readiness is an essential factor to consider. The good news is that although Social Security can be a rather complex matter, you may be eligible for a benefit that equals one-half of your ex-spouse's full retirement amount.

How Life Insurance Could Help Your Retirement
A successful retirement is all about making sure you have enough savings to pay your bills and still be able to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. If structured the right way, a life insurance policy could be the perfect life preserver in retirement.

The Financial Future of Millennials
Many Millennials believe that having a financial advisor is not necessary. In fact, over 60% of adults don’t have a financial advisor of any kind.

Financial Regrets
4 out of 5 Americans have financial regrets and wish they could turn the clock back so that they could make smarter decisions with their finances.

Planning Your Financial Future
Having a strong financial plan is important no matter what stage of life you're in.

When to Claim Social Security
The decision of when to take Social Security benefits is for many Americans largely a matter of financial necessity rather than financial planning.

Dating and Finance Mistakes
Summertime is here, and that typically that means a lot of people have shed their "winter weight" and are back in the dating pool.

Family and Financial Strategies
Some of the most common financial regrets among Americans were not saving for retirement, followed by saving for emergency expenses, taking on too much debt, and not saving for their children's education.

Simplifying Retirement Savings
For the average person, saving for retirement doesn't need to be so confusing. Here is some simple and understandable retirement advice.

Women and Retirement Shortfalls
Women, on average, are more likely than men to face a retirement income shortfall.

Cyber Security
In the event that your personal information is compromised online, here are some things you can do right away to fix the problem.

Financial Literacy for Millennials
Even with greater financial burdens from economic uncertainty and student loans, Millennials are still lagging behind in basic financial education.

Marriage Money Tips
It would be very smart to get on the same page as your spouse with your finances, especially since it seems to be a source of arguments between married couples.

A Savings Crisis in America
Take a look at your savings account. If you were hit with an unexpected expense of $500 or $1000, would you be able to pay it?

Money Lessons for Women
Gender roles in today's society have shifted dramatically from a time when little girls grew up hoping to find a good man who could take care of them financially.

Springtime for Savings
Spring is traditionally a time for dusting off the cobwebs, cleaning out the garage, and infusing new life into your home. Why not take this opportunity to take stock of your "financial home" and make some smart springtime moves that could save you money?

Financial Literacy Lessons for Your Kids
Financial Literacy Month (also known as National Financial Capability Month) is an annual event taking place in April, centered on improving Americans' understanding of financial principles and practices. Here are some basic financial lessons that can be taught to our children that will be of great use to them as they grow.

Financial Advice for Newlyweds
The honeymoon is over. You've taken a giant leap into adulthood, and the journey is only really beginning now. It would be a very smart thing to do to get on the same page with your finances, especially since it seems to be a source of arguments between married couples.

David Lerner Associates: Protect Your Family
One of our greatest assets is the ability to earn income. Most fathers provide for their families' needs and should this ability be interrupted or taken away it could mean serious problems for the family.

Small Business Week: Life Insurance Needs
Your life insurance needs will depend upon a variety of factors, including whether you own a small business, the size of your family, the nature of your financial obligations, your career stage and your goals.

How to Create a Family Endowment
A family endowment is something that may benefit everyone in a family - including you. The goals of an endowment are simple. Accumulate enough assets to allow you to live comfortably off the income during retirement and to maintain and preserve the principle for your loved ones and future generations.

David Lerner Associates: Financial Considerations for Family Caregivers
Caring for your aging parents is not only an emotional burden it may also be a financial one. It will depend on how well off your parents are and how much caring for them costs.

David Lerner Associates: Family Care Support and Services
Caring for your aging parents will be easier if you know what kinds of support and community services are available and where to locate them.

David Lerner Associates: National Family Caregivers Month
As National Family Caregivers month draws to a close this week, David Lerner Associates takes a look at the ways to prepare, in case you have to be a family caregiver in the future.

David Lerner Associates: Taking Care of Your Aging Parents (Part 3)
The last article in our 3 part series, focuses on the financial aspects of caring for aging parents.

David Lerner Associates: Taking Care of Your Aging Parents (Part 2)
This is Part 2 of a 3 part series on taking care of your aging parents. This time we will be focusing on different types of support available for your parents as well as yourself.

David Lerner Associates: Taking Care of Your Aging Parents (Part 1)
Your parents need you, and you need help. This is the first of our 3 part series on caring for your parents as they get older.

David Lerner Associates: Speaking to your aging parents about their finances
Speaking to your parents about money is usually complicated, particularly when the money you're talking about is theirs. Here are some tips to help you through this process.

David Lerner Associates: Helping pay for your Grandchildren's education
Tuition payments made directly to a university aren't considered taxable gifts, no matter how large the payment. But this is true only for tuition, not room and board, books, or fees. Find out more...

David Lerner Associates: Leaving a Legacy
You've worked hard over the years to build up wealth, and you probably find it comforting to know that the assets you leave behind will continue to be a source of support for your family.

David Lerner Associates: Inherited IRAs and Bankruptcy
Since the enactment of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act in 2005, individual retirement accounts (IRAs) have been safeguarded under federal law if you declare bankruptcy.

Should You Save For Retirement or Your Kids' College Education?
If faced with the choice of saving for retirement or saving for your kids' college, which should you choose? While both are noble goals and usually smart financial moves, many experts say that most people should focus on saving for retirement instead of college, if they can't do both.

New Year's Financial Housekeeping: Have You Created a Living Will?
With the New Year approaching it's a good time to take care of some financial housekeeping items that may have slipped through the cracks of your financial planning -- such as a living will.

David Lerner Associates: How to Give Money to Family Members Without Incurring Taxes
Many people aren't aware that gifts to family members could be subject to federal gift taxes. The American Taxpayer Relief Act (the legislation passed on January 1, 2013, that averted the so-called fiscal cliff) raised the top estate and gift tax rate from 35 to 40 percent.

David Lerner Associates: How to Teach Your Kids About Money
Schools have certainly changed a lot since the song School Days was written over 100 years ago, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that there are still very few schools that teach children about personal financial management.

David Lerner Associates: Inheriting a Retirement Account
Inheriting a retirement account can feel like winning the lottery. That's the good news. The bad news is that not following the hard-and-fast rules governing inherited retirement accounts can result in much of that windfall going to the taxman.

David Lerner Associates: Why You Could Be on the Hook for Your Parent's Long-Term Care
Call it the new baby boomer challenge, but adult children may very well find themselves legally responsible for the costs of their aging parent’s long-term care.

Planning for Fun
Sometimes when planning for your financial future, you can lose sight of a truth that is always with us: we are living our lives in the present

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