You want the most for your child. Above all you want to make sure they get a good start in life. That includes getting the education and training they need for a good foundation and a good career. But, if you were to die before they’ve received that foundation, how can you be sure they would still get it? You could leave them money at your death. But, if you leave money to them outright, they could use the money for something else. Here’s a sad, but illustrative story: Alice had a son, John. … [Read more...] about Planning for Education Expenses
A 529 plan, otherwise known as a qualified tuition plan, is a tax-sheltered way of saving for education. 529 plans are sponsored by states, state agencies, or educational institutions. For a helpful guide to the various 529 plans, click here. A contribution to a 529 plan is not federally income tax-deductible, though it may qualify for a state income tax deduction in some states. Assets in the plan may be invested in various ways, depending upon the particular plan. Income earned in the 529 … [Read more...] about What Are 529 Plans and What Are Their Advantages?
As we gathered around the Thanksgiving table last week, we saw the faces of our loved ones and probably contemplated how grateful we are for them and for all our blessings. “We must find the time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” – John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States. “If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” — W. Clement Stone, businessman, philanthropist, and author. There are different ways we can share. We can share … [Read more...] about Being Thankful and Sharing Your Blessings