Entries by Brooks Mackintosh

A Gift to Your Children

Decatur and surrounding areas are bursting with new and growing families. Parents of young children have many new responsibilities, not the least of which is setting a long-term plan to guide them into adulthood. An essential part of this plan is establishing a will to ensure that your children’s personal and financial needs will be […]

End of Year Planning for Young Families

As the holidays roll by, the end of the year is a good time to take stock of the changes that have occurred in your family and the plans you should make for your children’s future. Here are a few items to consider from a legal perspective. Superfund College Savings A 529 college savings plan […]

Are You Getting the Most from Your Retirement Accounts?

Grow Your Retirement Accounts as Traditional Pensions Decline In the last 20 years, the number of people with traditional pensions from employers has been cut in half, and the assets held in 401(k), IRA, and other personal retirement accounts have more than quadrupled.  As a result, the current generation of workers preparing for and entering […]

Recipe for the Sandwich Generation: Power of Attorney, Living Trust, and Advance Directive for Health Care

You’ve heard the terms, but what exactly do they do? In the entertaining and poignant illustrated memoir “Can’t We Talk About Something More PLEASANT?,” author Roz Chast recounts her story of an only child dealing with the aging of her parents. Her father was obsessed with finding the “bankbooks,” sure that bandits were poised to […]