Can Tom Cruise Teach Us About Divorce?

We all know divorce can be a costly process no matter where you are financially in your life.   With the recent break up of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, there is another Paparazzi story brewing on how much it will cost Mr. Mission Impossible to make this divorce possible.   Famous comedian and movie star Robin Williams once said, “I believe the word divorce comes from the Latin for a man having his genitals ripped out from his wallet.” (source: telegraph.co.uk)    So what smart money moves can we learn from the third divorce Tom Cruise is going through with Katie Holmes?  Well, here are four financial ideas to potentially help you if you have to go through separating your assets in a divorce? Try To Minimize Legal Fees – Going through a divorce will be hard enough on you emotionally.   If you and your ex can maintain a reasonably amicable relationship, you could save more than 50% of your legal costs ...

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Who Will Take Care Of Mom and Dad?

Haven’t you been sitting around with your brother(s) and sister(s) and had the infamous discussion on who ranks where on Mom and Dad’s favorite list.   While siblings usually joke around who is at the top of the ladder, usually someone cracks the comment, “I’m sure they cut me out of the will years ago.”   For Generation X’ers, you are probably beginning to see the early stages of your parents slowing down or perhaps one of them had a mild health scare over the last five years that got you thinking who is going to take of Mom and Dad?    Before each one of your brothers and sisters rush to put their finger on their nose and scream “NOT IT!”, it may be time to have a serious discussion about who will bear the responsibility should your Mom and Dad need someone by their side for financial or medical decisions. I believe that over the next 5 to 10 years, the ...

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