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All of us at Cooper, Adel, Vu & Associates applaud the efforts of the volunteers and associates at the American Red Cross. Now, more than ever, we have all become acutely aware of the impact of disasters of all kinds. Learn more about the American Red Cross and how you

Happy International Women's Day! Here are some food for thought… “Here’s to strong women: May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” –Unknown  “Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” –Hillary Clinton “To tell a woman everything she cannot do is to

Do I Need an Attorney to Settle an Estate at Death? MAYBE NOT IF… The family situation is uncomplicated (never divorced or re-married,  few beneficiaries who are competent adults) And… everyone gets along And… the assets of the estate are straightforward (accounts are consolidated, there are no tax-deferred assets to sort

It's important to trust your tax preparer has the expertise and discretion to handle your most personal details - income, social security numbers, marriage, children. Make sure your tax preparer is a professional and is set up to assist you whenever and however needed.

Many people believe that they should leave their assets to their children equally. In some cases, it works, but there are some where it doesn’t. Consider each child individually and plan to give them what they need. As the song goes, “You don’t always get what you want, but sometimes,

February is the official American Heart Month, putting a spotlight on steps we all need to take to avoid a stroke or heart attack. Every day, more than 2,200 Americans die of heart disease - that’s one death every 39 seconds - and strokes are responsible for one death every

Our clients often ask which records they should keep for what period of time. Some have every bill they ever paid. Some keep nothing. Most of us are somewhere in between, with documents spread in piles all around the house, on the coffee table, home office, safe and safety deposit

Many people think that Wills and Trusts are the same thing. Nothing could be further from the truth. While there are similarities, there are some very important differences.  A Will is a very basic document that simply expresses the wishes of the deceased to the Probate Court. It does not avoid