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February 14, 2018 Articles Getting your financial and legal house in order is likely the last thing on your mind during tax season. READ MORE New Baby? Time to Create Your Estate Plan February 7, 2018 Articles Creating an estate plan is often pushed back on nearly everyone’s to-do list. The reasons you might be del... READ MORE How Long Should You Keep Important Documen... January 31, 2018 Articles In a society dominated by paperwork, the question of how long to hold on to important documents has been b... READ MORE Estate Planning with Rental Property January 24, 2018 Articles A comprehensive estate plan should address all of your assets, including rental property. READ MORE Opportunities for Small Business Under New... January 21, 2018 Articles The newly enacted section 199A of the internal revenue code create great tax saving for small business own... READ MORE Can You Bequeath Your Frequent Flyer Miles... 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