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FEDERAL RETIREMENT THRIFT INVESTMENT BOARD ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH DATE FOR NEW ROTH TSP OPTION
January 23, 2013

Washington, D.C. — The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board announced today at its quarterly interagency meeting of Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) coordinators that May 7, 2012 will be the day that the TSP will begin to accept Roth TSP contributions.  The Roth TSP was authorized by the Thrift Savings Plan…

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Choosing between FEHB and TFL
January 23, 2013

By John Grobe for FedSmith Editor’s note: This is the second article in a two part series. In Part I, What is TRICARE for Life, we talked about the very basics of that program. Where it begins to get a little complicated is when a person who is eligible for…

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The Best Day to Retire From Now Until 2020
January 23, 2013

By John Grobe for FedSmith Last December, we determined that the best day to retire in 2011, regardless of whether you are in the CSRS or FERS retirement systems. The concept of “best” is related to financial considerations, specifically maximizing your lump-sum annual leave payment. If you do not carry…

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Buyouts and Early Outs: Are You Ready if One is Offered?
January 23, 2013

By John Grobe for FedSmith There is a lot of uncertainty for federal employees these days. Probably not as much uncertainty as the average private sector employee faces, but uncertainty none-the-less. We have the annual budget bickering (which was still going on as this article was prepared). In addition, we have the…

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ESTATE PLANNING BASICS: PART V – WHY YOU DON’T NEED A TRUST
January 15, 2013

By:  Timothy Denker An old friend of mine called me up and wanted to discuss what he needed for an estate plan. He was single, and had a few things, but nothing significant. My friend had spoken with a couple other attorneys who were suggesting he create a pretty complex…

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ESTATE PLANNING BASICS: PART IV – THE POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR FINANCIAL MATTERS
January 15, 2013

By:  Timothy Denker A young woman in her 40s called me one day completely distraught. She was married with two adorable little girls, but her husband was hit by a drunk driver and had been in a coma for quite some time. Her income alone was unable to support her…

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ESTATE PLANNING BASICS: PART III – YOUR HEALTHCARE DECISIONS
January 15, 2013

By:  Timothy Denker Not everything about estate planning is done for your heirs. Much of it, in fact, is put in place to protect you. One of those documents is called a “Power of Attorney for Health Care and Health Care Directive.” I’ll simply call it “Directive” from here on…

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ESTATE PLANNING BASICS: PART II – WHAT DO YOU MEAN “PROBATE”?
January 15, 2013

By: Timothy Denker A couple of years ago, a client came into my office trying to figure out how to transfer the title of their deceased father’s house into that client’s name. The father didn’t have a Will or any resemblance of an estate plan, so I kept asking questions….

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ESTATE PLANNING BASICS: PART I – MORE THAN JUST A WILL
January 15, 2013

By Timothy Denker Recently, I met with a couple who was beginning to contemplate retirement. A family member told them they need to get Wills drawn up so they decided to find out how they should do that. “Well, we don’t really have anything, so we’re not sure why we…

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ESTATE PLANNING AND THE FAMILY MEMBER WITH A DISABILITY
January 15, 2013

If you have a family member with special needs, such as a lifelong developmental, physical, or mental disability, your personal financial and legal advisors should be made aware of this. This information is crucial in developing an appropriate estate plan. Needs-based governmental programs, such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”), are…

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