If you are looking into a credit freeze following the Equifax breach, make sure you don’t confuse it with a credit lock. While a credit lock may be a similar action, there are some very important differences. A credit freeze offers better protections, and can be more cost-effective: Read more
The recent theft of data on 145 million Americans at Equifax, combined with horror stories about the filing of fraudulent tax returns with the IRS, had me concerned about identity theft. As a result, I took an hour to review and secure my credit, the steps of which I outline below for those who might be interested in pursuing this measure.
Like a lot of Portlanders, I’ve recently spent a bit of money on fans and a portable air conditioning unit. Whether the hot streak is attributable to man-made climate change or merely to seasonal temperature spikes, the result is the same: sweaty days and uncomfortable nights.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the average employer contribution to employees’ 401(k) plans rose from 3.9% of employee salaries in 2015 to an estimated 4.7% in 2016. This represents the largest jump since at least 2007 and is great news for savers. Employers cited a few important reasons for increasing their contributions, including improving recruitment and employee retention, as well as helping older employers afford to retire to make room for younger workers. Read more
In the U.S. today, many families are beginning the process of transferring wealth to the next generation. For parents, this can feel daunting, uncertain, and intimidating; it can be a long and challenging transition. Some families want to start earlier, while others prefer to wait: there’s no right way or time to begin the process. Fortunately, in either case, there are steps you can take to facilitate a smooth transfer of wealth. If you are unsure of how to open the dialogue, read on for some helpful ideas. Read more
There is nothing more terrifying to a young attorney than making a clerical error that ends up wasting a lot of the senior partners’ billable time. This is a difficult risk to manage, as every case has its own set of issues and deadlines, many of which the firm may be liable for if not handled properly. The one that got me as a young associate attorney was a missed estate tax deadline. Thankfully for me, so many attorneys across the country made the same error (and continue to do so), that the IRS has provided a “do-over” for all estates of individuals who have passed away since 2011. With the new IRS rules now in place, this error never would have happened. Read more
“Portland investment advisory firm Arnerich Massena helps high net worth clients grow their assets. Then, when it’s time, Arnerich Massena helps them share the wealth.” The Oregon Business Magazine article, featured in the June issue, illustrates two pathways for making an impact: philanthropic giving and impact investing, and explains how Arnerich Massena facilitates both. Read more
A recent survey from J.P. Morgan reveals that workers under the age of 30 want their employer to make financial decisions about their retirement savings! According to the survey, 69 percent of this younger group identify themselves as “do-it-for-me” investors, compared with 56 percent of those over age 30. And a whopping 82 percent want their employer to actually make their investment decisions for them (versus 73% for those over age 30)! Read more
(spoiler alert for Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Sports fans have recently seen the impact trust laws have firsthand, as the control of one of the NBA’s marquis franchises, the Los Angeles Lakers, has been determined by the trust which owns a majority share in the team. Most of the clients we work with own assets far less unique than an NBA franchise; however, the end result is the same no matter the asset – a properly drafted trust with appropriately designated trustees is one vehicle that may allow for the smooth transition of property from one generation to the next. Read more