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Estate plans are as individual as the families that they are created for. Blended families need estate plans that address their own dynamics, including the resources and children that each spouse brings to the new family. Blended families who marry, when children are young, are different from those who marry... Continue reading
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Watching Anthony Bourdain travel the lesser known corners of the world and relish exotic foods and people was fascinating. However, that same approach does not work well, when it comes to more mundane matters, like estate planning. What Anthony Bourdain’s family could have used was a disaster plan, based on... Continue reading
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Without a will, decisions about your life, property and children will be made by someone who does not know you or your family. With a will, you have the ability to express your wishes. You need a will! Having a will is not just for wealthy folks, who need to... Continue reading
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Every couple’s situation is different, and there are pluses and minuses for gay couples considering whether or not to tie the knot. In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to marry. A 2017 Gallup poll, reported in a recent WTOP article, “Gay and... Continue reading
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Consider these twin concepts—opportunity cost and delayed retirement credits—before you decide when to start taking Social Security. By waiting until age 70, you’ll increase your monthly benefit, but at what cost? A recent article in Forbes, “Social Security Benefits: Getting Paid To Wait,” examines the dilemma. Money managers call it... Continue reading
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Consider these twin concepts—opportunity cost and delayed retirement credits—before you decide when to start taking Social Security. By waiting until age 70, you’ll increase your monthly benefit, but at what cost? A recent article in Forbes, “Social Security Benefits: Getting Paid To Wait,” examines the dilemma. Money managers call it... Continue reading
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Hit a spring pothole and you can lose a tire. But hit a pothole with your financial plan, and you may be in for a bigger problem than replacing a tire. Do you have an up-to-date roadmap to your retirement? Keeping your finances, investments and retirement plan on a smooth... Continue reading
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“New findings reveal 7 in 10 caregivers reduced their own living expenses to cover caregiving costs.” Americans are feeling more of a pinch in their finances and lifestyle, because of the need to care for an elderly relative or friend, according to a Northwestern Mutual study. Think Advisor’s article, “Americans... Continue reading
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With one filing papers to drop his claims and the other showing up after a hearing, it’s possible that both sons will be out of the picture, and only two will be left to battle it out in court. Showing up disheveled and frazzled and after the court hearing concluded... Continue reading
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No, it’s not as romantic as planning a honeymoon along a sandy beach. But once you’ve worked through the financial and legal part of planning your new life together, many issues that plague marriages will be resolved. That’s romantic! The leading cause of stress in relationships in general and marriages... Continue reading
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Unless you have experienced the feelings of powerlessness and confusion that often accompanies being admitted to a nursing home, it’s hard to imagine how difficult an adjustment this can be. Patients are not the only ones who have a tough time getting used to life in a nursing home or... Continue reading
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Trusting members of the Houston church were scammed out of millions. Instead of real financial investments, they were sold memorabilia. The pastor of one of the largest Protestant churches in the country, a barred broker and an attorney have been charged by the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) with defrauding... Continue reading
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A longer life expectancy plus less than $10,000 in retirement savings, equals a potential national disaster. Nearly half of those surveyed by GoBankingRates are completely unprepared for retirement, as reported in CNBC, “42% of Americans are at risk of retiring broke.” Combine that with longer life expectancies, and the prospect... Continue reading
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A well-meaning decision to simply transfer all assets to heirs beforehand, could lead to expensive and unnecessary tax bills. Some people who learn a little bit about estate planning come up with ideas that they think will save their kids time and trouble. In this case, retired parents decided that... Continue reading
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Your personal information is valuable for scammers, so don’t let your guard down when sharing information or being pressed to act quickly. Consider carefully what information you are sharing online, warns Kiplinger in a recent article, “How to Spot a Scam: Here are 3 I Dodged.” While some financial scams... Continue reading
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When you file for Social Security benefits has a big impact on overall lifetime benefits, especially for couples. Make sure you understand the details before deciding. Mapping out your financial situation for retirement? Social Security benefits undoubtedly play a big part in your calculations. But do you know what your... Continue reading
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An appeal that raises arguments seeking to show that a circuit court erred in denying a motion for a new claim is dismissed. All three justices from the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, concurred that their court lacks jurisdiction over an appeal filed regarding a circuit court’s order to... Continue reading
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Ben Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That’s why Medicare provides free screenings and examinations focused on prevention. Yes, you still have to spend a lot of out-of-pocket money on healthcare, but a recent article in AARP ,“10 Free Services Medicare Provides,” reports that... Continue reading
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A lawsuit claiming that there was a conspiracy between Forsyth County clerks, an attorney and others to steal more than $1 million from an elderly woman has been dismissed by Judge Craig. According to the Wealth Advisor’s article, “Judge Denies $1.4M County Clerk Estate "Conspiracy",” the lawsuit alleged that Bryan... Continue reading
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The rules for IRA distributions can be complicated. Unforeseen circumstances can make things even more complex. Understand the rules, so the money goes where you want it to. What happens if you designate each of your two adult children as 50/50 beneficiaries of your IRA, and then one of them... Continue reading
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Before he died, the owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans gave millions of dollars of property to his daughter and her children, but they were not included in his last will and testament. The last will of multi-millionaire Tom Benson, who owned several professional sports teams and other... Continue reading
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If you haven’t been saving for retirement, maybe you’ll do better if you are focused on saving for assisted living. One well known survey, 2017 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, reports that you’ll need $1,517 a month for adult day health care. Those fees are only going in one direction—up!... Continue reading
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MVLS is a private, non-profit legal services provider established in 1981 to help meet the need for civil legal services in Maryland. Their mission is to provide quality civil legal assistance to Marylanders with limited income at low or no cost. MVLS is expanding its efforts to avoid foreclosure and... Continue reading
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One of the richest men in the world was not interested in money, and family members will only receive relatively small inheritances. One of the wealthiest people on the planet was the founder of the global retail phenomenon, IKEA. When Ingvar Kamprad died at age 91, his fortune was estimated... Continue reading
These safety tips can help senior citizens living independently reduce their risk of injury and financial loss. As we get older, what we used to take for granted takes on added importance. For instance, living independently may not be as feasible as it once was — for a number of... Continue reading