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  • Death and taxes may be life’s only guarantees
  • 55% of Americans die without a will.
  • 69 % have no living will or medical directive.
  • 27 % of Americans have created powers of attorney for healthcare.
  • 26% have powers of attorney for finances.
  • 21% of Americans have created a trust as part of an estate plan.
  • 21% of Americans without an estate plan say their biggest reason for not having one is a lack of sufficient assets.
  • 15 % say they are not old enough.
  • 25% say their biggest motivation for creating a will was the arrival of or preparation for children.
  • 7% were motivated by a significant long-term relationship, such as a marriage.
  • 8% of Americans have personally experienced problems after the death or incapacitation of a loved one due to a lack of or improperly prepared estate plan, including conflicts over asset distribution.
  • 38% say they review or anticipate reviewing their estate plan documents at least once a year, and 22 % say once every two to three years.
  • 8% of those Americans without an estate plan say they do not have one because they do not want to think about dying or becoming incapacitated.

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1973 Guinea-Bissau gains independence

Guinea-Bissau declared its independence from Portugal. The declaration was recognized almost a year later on September 10, 1974.

1957 Camp Nou, a stadium that seats over 99,000 opens its doors for football fans Situated in Barcelona, Spain, it is the largest stadium in Europe and the 11th largest in the world.

1948 Honda Motor Company is founded by Soichiro Honda The automobile manufacturer is also the world's largest producer of motorcycles.

1869 Black Friday in the United States A group of speculators headed by James Fisk and Jay Gould started hoarding gold, which led to high gold prices. The US Treasury under the orders of President Ulysses S. Grant sold a large amount of gold leading to a plummet in gold prices within the span of minutes.

1789 US Congress Adopts the Judiciary Act of 1789 The act was passed by the first Congress of the United States. It created the US federal judiciary including the Supreme Court.


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