Finances

How Tax Law Changes May Affect You

February 25, 2018

Money Matters presented by: Vision Financial Much has been made about the changes in the tax law passed by Congress at the end of 2017. The details and how they affect each taxpayer are frankly, dizzying. We will focus on three areas that perhaps you may not have seen a lot of detail: the pleasant …

Live to Serve: Birmingham Christian Family Scholarship Winner, Lacy Pierce

February 23, 2018

Education Extra From among 55 applicants, Evangel Classical Christian School Senior Lacy Pierce has been chosen as the 2018 Birmingham Christian Family Scholarship Recipient. Pierce will be able to use the $500 Scholarship at the college of her choice. An independent panel of judges, including clergy and education professionals, chose Pierce’s essay answer to the …

Relief for Paying for Private K-12 Education

January 26, 2018

Money Matters presented by: Vision Financial Having just paid for two children to graduate from Briarwood Christian School, I wish that I could have received better tax breaks for paying for private education for grades K-12. While Coverdell Education Savings accounts allowed tax-free savings for K-12 qualifying expenses, they are also subject to income limits …

Tax Reform & Estate Planning

December 22, 2017

Legal Matters presented by Bradford & Holliman, Estate Planning At the time I am writing this article, no one knows exactly what will happen with tax reform. However, it appears that the estate tax exemption will be significantly increased. Presently, estate taxes are not a worry for the average Alabamian as the exemption limit was …

Should We Reconsider What “Retirement” Means?

December 21, 2017

Money Matters presented by Vision Financial An executive transitions into a consulting role at age 62 and stops working altogether at 65; then, he becomes a buyer for a church network at 69. A corporate IT professional decides to conclude her career at age 58; she serves as a city council member in her sixties, …

Young Aviator Calendar Supports Scholarship

December 21, 2017

Cool Stuff Enjoy keeping up with your engagements in 2018 while supporting The Southern Museum of Flight’s Mary Alice Beatty $5000 scholarship for women pursuing careers in aviation and aerospace technology. This year’s recipient will be chosen January 2018. The Southern Museum of Flight Young Aviator’s Bombshell Calendar features young children as early aviation legends …

The Importance of a Good Credit Score

November 27, 2017

Money Matters presented by Vision Financial Whether buying a car or purchasing a home, credit has become an integral part of our everyday lives. Having easy access to credit goes hand in hand with having a good credit score, so it’s important to know how to maintain a positive credit score and credit history. Your …

Do You Have Enough Automobile Insurance Coverage?

November 27, 2017

Legal Matters presented by: Frank S. Buck P.C., Personal Injury Do You Have Enough Automobile Insurance Coverage to Protect Yourself & Your Loved Ones in the Event of a Holiday Car Wreck? Take Time to Check You probably have automobile insurance, but do you understand the basics of your policy? The first step in reviewing …

$500 College Scholarship Opportunity

October 24, 2017

$500 College Scholarship Opportunity from Birmingham Christian Family Magazine Birmingham Christian Family will provide a $500 scholarship to a graduating 2018 senior high school student. Recipient may apply the $500 scholarship to education at any college or university. Here’s How It Works: Must be a high school senior living in Alabama who is graduating in …

Holiday Conversations

October 18, 2017

Legal Matters presented by Bradford & Holliman, Estate Planning As families gather to enjoy food and holiday time together, it can be a good opportunity to discuss estate planning issues for parents. Consider your own family situation and decide if some of the following questions will be beneficial for your family to discuss: Do your …