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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
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You’d think no one would want to turn down free money. Yet that’s exactly what many working Americans do! One out of five Americans—20%—don’t take advantage of a terrific benefit: employee sponsored retirement savings accounts that include an employer match of some and sometimes all the employee’s contributions. Most workers... Continue reading
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It’s not the easiest thing to contemplate—you or a spouse, needing extended care in a skilled nursing facility that will consume a huge chunk of your retirement savings. However, like so many things in estate planning, pro-actively planning will provide you with options. Super-wealthy people don’t worry so much about... Continue reading
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This is not a decision to make without understanding the details and having a good plan in place. Did you start thinking about retirement the minute you woke up on January 1? If that’s true, before you hang up your spurs, take the time to consider some critical parts of... Continue reading
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The medical power of attorney is all too often the missing piece of an estate plan. Not having it creates havoc for family members, especially in an emergency. If you think the only reason to have an estate plan is so that junior can inherit your empire—or your coin collection—... Continue reading
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Becoming a widow or widower means many changes for the surviving spouse, and that includes financial changes. Planning ahead for changes in income and taxes can lighten the impact. The phrase “death and taxes” is commonly heard, but not often applied to what happens with the loss of a spouse.... Continue reading
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With few exceptions, most of us are living digital lives. That includes basics like sharing family news on social media and storing photos in the cloud, as well as financial information. Your digital life needs to be part of your estate plan, now more than ever before. Your executor and... Continue reading
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For extremely wealthy families, managing and preserving great fortunes rely upon Family Trust Companies or FTCs. Nevada has grown its popularity as a base for these companies through legislation. Nevada is more than just a state to gamble with money. It’s also one of a few states that passed legislation... Continue reading
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A battle between Audrey Hepburn’s son and the charity bearing her name has resulted in the iconic Hepburn’s will being made public. The details: a King’s ransom of jewelry by legendary designers. Last fall, a lawsuit was brought against the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund by the star’s son, Sean Hepburn... Continue reading
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With too many families left in the dark during investigations of abuse complaints, one State Senator is trying to shed light on a disturbing issue. Proposed legislation and investigations of a state agency charged with protecting residents at Minnesota health care facilities, have been spurred by instances where family members... Continue reading
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Following his divorce, John Marriott III says he was forced out of the family hotel business and then cut off from the $3 billion family trust. The Marriott’s are Mormons and divorce is not an option for them. Going against his father’s wishes, John Marriott III divorced his wife Angela... Continue reading
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Teenage idol David Cassidy’s Partridge Family television family was not the same as his real-world family. His will directed that everything was to be given to his son, and nothing was to be given to his daughter. Long before he died, David Cassidy decided to cut his actress daughter Katie... Continue reading