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How Preparing for a Partner’s Death May Have Saved This Company

July 13, 2017
‘When you lose a partner, you lose a support system’ - Steve Ciepiela recounts his personal, life changing experience that forever changed his company and how he helps other advisers with the importance of establishing a business continuation plan.
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Housing Options For Older Individuals

July 11, 2017
As you grow older, your housing needs may change. Maybe you'll get tired of doing yard work. You might want to retire in sunny Florida or live close to your grandchildren in Illinois. Perhaps you'll need to live in a nursing home or an assisted-living facility. Or, after considering your options, you may even decide to stay where you are. When the time comes to evaluate your housing situation, you'll have numerous options available to you.
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Buying a House

July 06, 2017
There's no doubt about it--owning a home is an exciting prospect. After all, you've always dreamed of having a place that you could truly call your own. But buying a home can be stressful, especially when you're buying one for the first time. Fortunately, knowing what to expect can make it a lot easier.
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Medicaid And Nursing Home Care

June 28, 2017
As you enter your 60s and 70s, health may become more of an issue than it once was, and your thoughts may turn to the future. Who will take care of you when you can no longer care for yourself? If you must enter a nursing home, how will you pay for it? By learning as much as you can about Medicaid right now and planning appropriately, you may be able to resolve these issues and create a more secure future.
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How Much Life Insurance Do You Need?

June 26, 2017
Your life insurance needs change as your life changes. When you are young, you may not have a need for life insurance. However, as you take on more responsibility and your family grows, your life insurance needs increase. Your needs may then decrease after your children are grown. You should periodically review your needs to ensure that your life insurance coverage adequately reflects your life situation.
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Steve Ciepiela, President of Charles Stephen, offers a unique perspective on best practices for successful business succession planning. In 2004, Steve's business partner of twenty-one years suffered a brain aneurysm while on vacation. When A Partner Dies is a very personal account of losing a close friend and walking through the process of what happens when a business partner dies. From hiring a grief counselor for the office staff, to working with the CPAs and attorneys, to communicating with the families, Steve offers a unique perspective on best practices for successful business succession planning. Click the link below to read it.

When A Partner Dies


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