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The Single Life: Why You Need An Estate Plan

Solutions for managing business, finance, and professional issues

Estate plans are important for single people, too. Here are the basics of setting up…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Plan Well, Retire Rich

How Tony Gittens and Jennifer Lawson invested for a long, healthy retirement

If You were to accuse Tony Gittens and his wife, Jennifer Lawson, of being obsessive…

By Glenn Townes

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How to Calculate Your Life Insurance Needs

Use this handy guide to determine how much coverage is right for you

If anything were to happen to you, what would your family need financially to continue…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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It’s been one year since the world was rocked by news that the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, had passed away. In that time, much of the reporting about his finances focused on what the pop icon did wrong. For instance, only $70 million of his reported $500 million indebtedness has been paid off, AP reports. However, there are many financial moves Michael Jackson got right. The documentary, Michael Jackson's This is It based on his final concert rehearsal footage, has sold more than 5 million DVDs worldwide and Sony Music, Jackson’s record company grossed $252 million. In fact, his estate has earned more than $250 million alone in the year since he died thanks to attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain, who are building several new streams of income, including sales of a video game and through many licensing agreements. Although Jackson's executors manage millions of dollars, his estate planning requirements aren’t too different from what the average Joe or Jane should be doing. You may not have Jackson’s millions, but estate planning attorney Wynne Whitman, a partner with Schenck, Price, Smith & King L.L.P., and the author of Smart Women Protect their Assets (FT Press; $13.99), recommends four things you can do that Jackson did to ensure that his children and his legacy would be financially secure. (Source: MichaelJackson.com/us).

4 Steps the King of Pop Took to Secure His Financial Legacy

Prior to his death, Michael Jackson made sure his money and his children would be in the right hands

Michael Jackson made a lot of money during his lifetime, but he also accumulated a…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Rewriting the Financial Playbook

Pro athlete turned corporate executive Malcolm Johnson is on his game in helping his family prosper

Malcolm Johnson has had a good handle on his money since retiring seven years ago…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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To Save and Protect

Answers to the 10 most commonly asked questions about taxes and estate planning

Tax planning and estate planning are important—especially for women. Since 80% of married women will…

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The Homebuyer’s Toolkit: Building Financial Security

Owning a home should be part of a larger commitment to gaining financial security

Over the Thanksgiving break I became addicted to a show called Till Debt Do U$…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Are You Properly Insured?

Five steps to determine the right amount of life insurance coverage

Pushing a pencil to add up just how much life insurance you need isn’t easy.…

By James A. Anderson

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Are You Properly Insured?

Five steps to determine the right amount of coverage

Pushing a pencil to add up just how much life insurance you need isn’t easy.…

By James A. Anderson

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Planning for the End

Four steps to take toward preparing a will

In the wake of the sudden death of Michael Jackson, his fans are likely questioning…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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9. I Will Guarantee My Wealth is Passed On To Future Generations Through Proper Insurance and Estate Planning

Let’s face it: Nobody lives forever. No matter how much you want to deny it,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Can Blacks Build Wealth and Remain Charitable?

Study shows that affluent blacks make giving a priority

The Northern Trust Corp. questioned affluent blacks about their giving habits and published their findings…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Not Just for Rockefellers

Six trusts to consider for your estate plan

You don’t have to be super rich, or even just rich, to set up a…

By Donald Jay Korn

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