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You Don’t Need a Time Machine

In the 1980s classic film, Back to the Future, Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) gets the rare opportunity to see what life was like back in 1955. Compared to today, it certainly seems like a simpler time. There were no reality TV shows, no Internet, no coffee pods, and the media wasn’t present in…

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Why NOW is the Time

The tragic passing of talented 46-year-old actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman was a shock to America and to the world. And now the public is privy to his seemingly inadequately executed estate planning. We can’t truly know if Hoffman intended to pay an unnecessary $15 million in taxes out of a $35 million dollar estate, whittling…

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The Real Source of Your Success

Croatian music teacher Frane Selek is perhaps the world’s luckiest man. He’s been in a train wreck (the train plunged off a cliff into an icy winter river), an airplane crash (all passengers were killed except Selek, who was sucked out of the door on the descent and landed in a haystack), a bus crash,…

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The World is Watching…

Thanks to smart phones with cameras and videos, the paparazzi, and the Internet, there’s not much you can do anymore that isn’t subject to being scrutinized by, well, everyone. Celebrities know this all too well, which makes you wonder how they can ever leave the house at all. But Americans certainly seem to be glad…

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Don’t Be Like Shakespeare

Stories abound of people’s really odd last requests and bizarre wishes in their Wills: William Shakespeare’s Will included a wish that his wife receive his “second best bed.” Napoleon Bonaparte requested that his hair be shaved and divided up amongst his friends. Playwright George Bernard Shaw left a large portion of his wealth towards funding…

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Are You a Victim or a Victor?

They say lightning never strikes the same thing twice—but it struck Roy Sullivan a whopping seven times. Roy (now known as the Human Lightening Rod) was a U.S. park ranger in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, and he holds the Guinness World Record for the most number of times lightning has struck one human being.…

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The Most Important Question

For those of you who enjoy the gritty action of the old Dirty Harry films starring Clint Eastwood, there’s one question in this world that’s hard to forget: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do you? When it comes to making wealth-planning decisions, it’s hard to feel anything close to lucky. With traditional planning, it may…

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You Are Not a Number

Sci-fi book series and movies franchises are all the rage these days. According to story lines like the ones featured in The Hunger Gamesand Divergent series, one day we’ll all be divided into factions, dressed in the same clothes, doing identical tasks, and given the same medicine, no matter what troubles us. To me, that…

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Uncover Your Hidden Purpose

Mac Lewis is not your typical new business owner. He’s chief executive officer and co-founder of FieldSolutions.Working with a network of more than 27,000 independent contractors, the company provides field service technicians to large technology companies throughout North America. The thing is, Mac started the company when he was 60 years old. He had worked…

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You Have Money… Now Can You Keep It?

What do Wayne Newton, Mark Twain, and MC Hammer all have in common? They all declared bankruptcy after amassing a great fortune through their trades and talents. Their cautionary tales seem to prove one commonly held belief to be true:  Making money is not the hardest part—the hardest part is holding on to it. Now,…

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