Real estate investing

In his celebrated 1822 song, Home, Sweet Home, playwright John Howard Payne profoundly and firmly holds his own home as a more revered spot than a royal palace (even if the said home is a “lowly thatched cottage”). While you may not know Payne by name, you’ll undoubtedly be aware of his brilliant and imperishable…

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selling a business essential checklist

Congratulations! The due diligence is done, and you and the buyer are satisfied with the deal. You’re getting ready to schedule a closing date where you and the buyer, along with your advisors and other professionals, will dot the i’s and cross the t’s. So what should you expect before crossing the finish line? Be…

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Tax Planning

Smart moves at the beginning of tax season can help get your financial house in order. Contrary to popular belief, tax planning isn’t limited to the months between year-end and April 15. In fact, smart tax planning goes beyond deductions and credits and should be incorporated throughout the year. As Americans prepare to file their…

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2020 year-end giving guide

Giving builds positive change in people. It can also help lower your tax bill. Giving creates positive change in people and communities. It sustains a multitude of worthwhile organizations. It launches innovative new programs and services. Plus, it makes us feel good and is a cause for celebration. At year-end, when family get-togethers and exchanging…

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maidenhair tree

The stunning beauty of a Maidenhair tree is matched only by its remarkable resilience to survive all sorts of environmental challenges that topple less hardy species. The tree agelessly defies strong winds, pollution, and drought. The secret of how a Maidenhair tree can live for more than 1,000 years was recently discovered—its ability to adapt…

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retired woman

Picture this… what’s the first thing that enters your mind with these words? Flower Friend Retirement Music Anyone can quickly imagine a flower, a friend or music. But, retirement? What does retirement look like?   Most of us think about retirement as “life after 65”, having taken a nice, clean, dramatic transition from the grind of…

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