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How to Help Your Aging Parents Get Financial Benefits

If you notice your aging parent is struggling financially, you probably want to pitch in and help. Of course, doing so will mean that less money is available to pay your bills and save for your retirement. Your loved one’s money troubles could create economic stress for you and your children. It would be wonderful

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End of Life Planning for Loved Ones

It’s definitely an uncomfortable thing to do. However, making funeral arrangements for yourself eliminates a lot of stress and anxiety for the family members, who are left to guess what you may have wanted. This, says the Leesville Daily Leader in the article “Planning for the end of your life” lets you make the decisions. When considering

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Why Do I Need an Estate Plan?

“Some are sad.And some are glad.And some are very, very bad.Why are they Sad and glad and bad?I do not know.Go ask your dad.” ― Dr. Seuss, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish “A will can save one’s family from being put into a quagmired pit of legal conundrum, in case of death (which may

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Is a Revocable Trust Valuable in Estate Planning?

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Dale Carnegie. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” Robert Frost. Yes a revocable trust is valuable in estate planning.

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Why Should I Create a Trust If I’m Not Rich?

“Your true assets are the collections of your quality moments on the earth.”― Amit Ray, Mindfulness Living in the Moment – Living in the Breath Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you. —Shannon Adler It’s probably not high on

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What Will My Social Security Benefits Be?

Your Social Security benefits in retirement are primarily dependent on the wages you get while working. The Social Security taxes deducted from your paycheck are based on that amount. If you’re still working and at retirement age, you can get benefits while earning other income. And depending on your age, you can also decrease and

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How The Ancient Ones Handled Their Estate Planning

“I love money. I love everything about it. I bought some pretty good stuff. Got me a $300 pair of socks. Got a fur sink. An electric dog polisher. A gasoline powered turtleneck sweater. And, of course, I bought some dumb stuff, too.” Steve Martin. “I made my money the old-fashioned way. I was very

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How Do Trusts Work in Your Estate Plan?

How Do Trusts Work in Your Estate Plan? A trust can be a useful tool for passing on assets, allowing them to be held by a responsible trustee for beneficiaries. However, determining which type of trust is best for each family’s situation and setting them up so they work with an estate plan, can be

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Forgot to Update Your Beneficiary Designations? Your Ex Will Be Delighted

Your will does not control who inherits all your assets when you die. This is something that many people do not know. Instead, many of your assets will pass by beneficiary designations, says Kiplinger in the article “Beneficiary Designations: 5 Critical Mistakes to Avoid.” The beneficiary designation is the form that you fill out, when opening many different

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Kids Grown Up? Protect Them with These Three Documents

Kids Grown Up? Protect Them with These Three Documents “Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.” Saint Augustine of Hippo “Everybody knows how to raise children except for the people that have them.” P.J. O’Rourke Without the right documents in place, you do not

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