Author Archives: Parks & Jones

Traditional funerals overseen by a funeral director in a funeral home can be very expensive. Many are choosing the even older option of having home funerals. Having a mortician embalm the remains of the deceased and having a funeral director oversee a public mourning now seem like the traditional ways of burying the dead in […]

Millions of working Americans act as caregivers for their elderly parents. Will companies start to offer onsite elder care centers where employees can drop off their parents while the employees are working? For large companies seeking to entice younger people to work for them, offering onsite childcare facilities has become a popular employee benefit. It […]

Late musician David Bowie's will was recently submitted to probate. Other than how his remains should be handled the will contains little that is unusual. As a musician and performer David Bowie was always unique. Depending on a person's point of view, Bowie could even at times have been considered weird or bizarre. This made […]

The Internet is changing how people mourn. Is it possible that in the future we will be able to plan our own digital funerals? If you are a frequent user of Facebook or Twitter, then you have undoubtedly noticed that whenever a well-liked celebrity passes away the social media sites are flooded with an outpouring […]

When someone passes away the money that he or she has invested in Social Security is not necessarily wasted. Dependents might be able to claim it through survivor's benefits. Social Security is essentially a forced retirement plan. We put money into the program and receive it back when we retire in the form of monthly […]

It is no secret that many millennials are beginning their careers with large amounts of debt. Many of them are making the mistake of waiting to save for retirement until their debts are paid off. Before they even start their professional lives many in the millennial generation are saddled with student loan and credit card […]

The number of Americans living to see their 100th birthday is on the rise. It is not easy to pay for that many years of retirement.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of Americans who lived to be 100 years old increased by 44% between 2000 and 2014. Nevertheless, the […]

When you don’t know where else to turn, look to the facts. Cold, hard, unflinching facts and statistics. As long as you understand the details behind the statistics and agree with the methods used, they can give you great insight into a situation. So today, we’re delving into some estate planning statistics that reveal how Americans […]

If your spouse passed away in the last three years, the IRS is offering a potential estate tax break for your estate. However, you need to act quickly if you want to take advantage of it. One of the newer and better provisions in tax law is that you can take advantage of any portion […]