About Audrey Gardner

Audrey serves as the Operations Manager at Eckert Byrne LLC. She can be reached to coordinate meetings and is available to answer any questions and calls related to your initial consultation or design meeting. It is her utmost priority to make sure that clients are well taken care of throughout their entire estate planning process.

One Quick Test To See If A Loved One Is Losing Capacity

In the course of us helping people with their estate plans, one issue that we find that can come up is the question of capacity. Is any person involved in this estate plan losing the capacity to make decisions properly for themselves? Do they really understand what is going on?

By |2020-09-23T13:15:24+00:00September 17th, 2020|Newsletter|Comments Off on One Quick Test To See If A Loved One Is Losing Capacity

Estate Planning 101 Series Lesson 1: Charitable Remainder Trusts

Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRTs) are an essential estate planning tool for clients who wish to match their philanthropic goals with a fixed income stream, either for themselves or their loved ones (e.g. kids).  They work ideally with low-basis assets such as stock, but can receive any property – cash, real estate, or a retirement account.

By |2020-09-23T14:54:29+00:00August 21st, 2020|Newsletter|Comments Off on Estate Planning 101 Series Lesson 1: Charitable Remainder Trusts

One Tiny Step Back To Normal

It’s hard to believe it’s August. The days seem to blur into each other despite working as usual and despite trying to make things feel as “normal” as possible. I am a planner in my work, and in my life, so it’s been a challenge to be in this environment and to not be able to plan or do things in the usual way.

By |2020-09-23T15:00:40+00:00August 14th, 2020|Newsletter|Comments Off on One Tiny Step Back To Normal

Updating Your Beneficiaries with Your Financial Institution

This summer we have been trying to get you quick bites of information that are very "nutrient dense.” Educating you about simple things you can do that will give you a big, immediate benefit. One of the most important planning tools that is often overlooked is updating beneficiaries with your financial institutions after a major life event. 

By |2020-09-23T15:05:54+00:00August 6th, 2020|Newsletter|Comments Off on Updating Your Beneficiaries with Your Financial Institution

Your Tiny First Step Toward a Tremendous Return

Thinking about undertaking a comprehensive estate plan can seem overwhelming, but there is actually a tiny first step you can take that will give you a tremendous return for a little effort. There are two simple documents that if you don’t take care of them now, it will make handling your affairs much more complicated should you become incapacitated. What are they?

By |2020-09-23T15:35:17+00:00July 23rd, 2020|Newsletter|Comments Off on Your Tiny First Step Toward a Tremendous Return

When Your Vacation Turns Into a Stay-cation…

This pandemic has turned everyone into an armchair epidemiologist, and an armchair philosopher as well. In fact, a friend recently mentioned a quote to me from an ancient Stoic philosopher: “Every olpe has two handles – one by which it can be carried, and one by which it can’t.”

By |2020-09-23T15:28:55+00:00July 9th, 2020|Newsletter|Comments Off on When Your Vacation Turns Into a Stay-cation…

How To Help A Friend Or Relative Facing A Probate Issue

To lose a loved one is one of the most difficult situations you or a friend may find yourselves in. At Eckert Byrne, our mission is providing education and information of value to actually help people make the right decisions at the most difficult junctures of their life.

By |2020-09-23T15:52:16+00:00June 25th, 2020|Newsletter|Comments Off on How To Help A Friend Or Relative Facing A Probate Issue

A Statement On Our Beliefs and Mission

Eckert Byrne’s mission was founded on education – educating ourselves and our clients.  We are fortunate to have a diverse client family, and continue to provide a caring space for all. We are looking inward, holding ourselves accountable, and asking how we can do better.

By |2020-09-23T15:56:48+00:00June 12th, 2020|Newsletter|Comments Off on A Statement On Our Beliefs and Mission