Disputes among family members can arise when funeral arrangements are made after the death of a relative. Everyone may be trying to do the right thing, but disagreements and anger can continue long after the funeral. Families in our American culture don't want to talk about death, especially in advance.
The current economic situation and the time of year may call into question the performance of business owners. Was it a good year? Was it a bad year? Why? How could it have been better? Why didn't the objectives get achieved? What problems surfaced that the organization was unprepared for?
Vacations and long weekends are behind us, the economy remains a challenge and now is an excellent time to get refocused and reenergized, regardless of company size, industry or success to date.
A lot has changed since you were a kid. Retirement has changed as well. The way you picture yourself in retirement is probably different from your parents' retirement. It's no longer about a few years of rest and relaxation. It's about pursuing your lifelong dreams or discovering new ones.
You may be in Mail Order, Direct Mail, or you may be a local merchant with 150 employees; whichever, however or whatever - you've got to know how to keep your business alive during economic recessions.
If you're among the casualties of recent cutbacks in the corporate world, you might be looking for a job in another field.
Communicating with teenagers is hard enough for most parents, and talking about money is no exception. In fact, research shows that only 36 percent of adults are teaching their children how to become financially responsible. In general, parents are uncomfortable speaking with their children about finances because a lot of people hold the widespread view that personal finances is a taboo topic.
A recent study indicates that most Americans over the age of 55 have less than $25,000 in savings. For some, any inheritance they may receive is critical to their future.
It's a safe bet that any business whose employees are engaged in construction, manufacturing, or other commercial production activities is probably familiar with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal-OSHA. This is the state agency which regulates and enforces California workplace safety and health standards, and which issues citations for any violations of those standards.
Being a supervisor of people in a work environment is a very difficult job. On one hand there is a responsibility to get things done using those that report to you, quickly and efficiently as possible. On the other hand, there is a desire for those that report to you to have the ability to grow and assume accountability while accepting the fact that people, inevitably, make mistakes while they develop. Mistakes can be expensive. ...
I did some re-reading of the best selling book "Good to Great" by Jim Collins. This was triggered by a recent interview I read of former president Jimmy Carter in the press.
Last week my column addressed three common IRA mistakes. This column will address another three by addressing beneficiary designations (or the lack thereof) that can have drastic effects on your IRA and protecting those assets for heirs. n Failing to review and update beneficiary designation forms. Whoever is named on an IRA beneficiary form is entitled to receive the assets. IRA owners should review their beneficiary designations at least annually or upon any ...
As your supermarket receipts sadly show, the price of many food items keeps escalating. Dairy products have jumped nearly 11 percent over the past year, coffee costs almost 9 percent more, and a dozen eggs are up 43 cents.
If you are thinking of starting a business, choosing your business name or brand name could have significant ramifications if you chose a name similar to a famous trademark because it could dilute the famous trademark.
One of the most common questions I am asked when meeting with a client to discuss estate planning is whether or not the estate plan will offer protection from creditors.
It's the start of the final quarter of the calendar year. Your company is falling behind the plan you set at the beginning of the year and even though you revised the numbers at midyear, the company is still falling short.
Businesses, like people and products, go through what is called the life cycle. The four stages are birth, growth, maturity and decline.
M ost people are familiar with the term "Cottage Industry". It came from the 16th century phenomena of distributed production where workers produced and sold individual products (or portions of products) from their homes.
The decade ending on Dec. 31, 2009 was considered by many in the media as "The Lost Decade."
This week began the National Football League's season. In a few weeks patterns will emerge and the contenders and pretenders will emerge.