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BRIDGING THE GAP

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A Tough Blog to Write – Diminished Mental Capability & Increased Vulnerability

As we grow older, I suspect we all have moments in which we wonder whether we’re experiencing normal forgetfulness…or are we showing the first signs of dementia? We may joke about it, but we have to think about the possibility if we’re realistic. Here are four steps to take to prepare yourself and your loved ones for the possibility you may at some point suffer from diminished mental capability or be at increased risk of financial exploitation.

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Imagine You're Dead—Now What?

You don’t do estate planning just for yourself. The documents the estate attorney produces are important, but there are other things you can do now to show your love for your heirs. Don’t leave behind a mess.

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Investec State of the Markets Event

Investec hosted its live "State of the Markets" event on Thursday, January 30th, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston. Clients attending the event heard presentations from John and Daniel Goott, Investec principals, on economic and market events of 2019 as well as on their outlook for investors in 2020.

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Estate Planning in the Digital Age

We have all faced the question “What will our loved ones do if something unexpected happens to us?” To address that question, most of us have put safety nets in place. But as more and more of our lives become digital, another question arises: “Have we taken steps to ensure that our loved ones will have access and rights to our digital assets and our online presence?”

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Legacy Letters – Ensure Your Legacy Goes Beyond the Money

Legacy letters are informal documents. They express personal values, offer encouragement, and transmit knowledge or hopes. In general, they leave a qualitative legacy, separate from monetary or property bequests. They lack the legal force of a will or formal estate plan, but clearly help heirs understand the hopes and wishes of those who have gone on before.

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Having “That Conversation” With Your Children

Your kids can find out about your estate plan after you’re gone, sitting in an estate attorney’s office as they go through the will or trust document. Or, you can explain your plans and clarify your intentions by having a talk with your heirs yourself. Here are some lessons we’ve learned from discussing our estate plan with our kids.

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