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What to Do After the Loss of a Loved One

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When a loved one passes away, you will face many responsibilities, from making funeral plans to closing out financial affairs. These responsibilities will add stress to what is already a difficult and emotional time. Getting organized and knowing what steps you need to take will help reduce some of that added stress. Below is a chronological checklist to help you organize and close your loved one’s affairs. WITHIN FIRST TWO WEEKS First and foremost, you will need original death certificates. Everyone from banks, to insurance companies, to credit card companies may request at least a photocopy if not an original,…
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Combining Finances: Marriage When There is a Financial History

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Adults considering marriage later in life – whether in a first marriage or a remarriage – often find that agreeing on how to handle finances can be the first hurdle to achieving marital bliss. Those who are financially established come into a marriage with a longer and potentially more complex financial history, and combining finances can get complicated. The fact is, with more years come more biases, more baggage, more habits – good and bad – that have become engrained. Merging two financial lives is challenging and requires a thoughtful and transparent approach. As money can be a significant source…
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Thinking About Retiring Early? Pay Attention to These Factors

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Sixty-six and two months is the age the Social Security Administration considers full retirement age for those born in 1955. This will gradually rise to 67 for those born in 1960 or after. The financial realities of most workers in the U.S. require that they remain part of the workforce until full retirement age.  Yet some seek to be the exception to the rule. For a high-income earner who maintains an aggressive savings strategy throughout her career or for a successful business owner who sells his operation at a profit, the option to retire early may be realistic. Those who…
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The Finances of Divorce

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Planning Your Finances Must be a Priority During Divorce Whether you are just thinking about divorce, in the middle of the divorce, or your divorce is finally over, planning your finances should be a top priority. Regardless of who handled the financial decisions during marriage, it is critical to focus on your future and set financial goals, as these decisions will likely affect the rest of your life. Emotions are Expected, but Try to Separate Them From Your Financial Assessment It is easy to get swept up in the emotions and not want to deal with the finances, but at…
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The Impact of Turning 18

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Like many parents, the Labor Day holiday (or the U.S. Open, if you are a tennis fan) represents the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. If your child or children are younger, it is mostly about school supplies and making sure last fall’s clothes still fit. However, if they are of college age, there is more to consider. You may not consider your 18-year-old child an adult, but in the eyes of the law, it is a different story. Your child can now vote, serve on a jury (why should we have all the fun?), sign…
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Saving & Investing When You’re Just Starting Out

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Congratulations! After all the classes, exams, late nights, early mornings, interviews (so many interviews) you actually get to start the career you’ve spent the majority of your life working towards. In addition to the million things you need to keep track of at your first “real” job, you also need to start thinking about putting your financial house in order. You might be thinking: That sounds good, I want to do that – I like the idea of order in my finances. But, what does that really even mean? There are so many terms: Roth, W-4, 1099, dollar cost averaging,…
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On Your Own: Financial Advice After Losing Your Spouse

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It’s a day you hoped would never come. Your spouse has died. Your world is turned upside down, leaving you vulnerable and bereft. And as you are dealing with your grief and the loss of your spouse, you will be required to make critical legal and financial decisions in the coming days, weeks and months. It can be overwhelming, especially if your spouse was the one who managed your financial and legal affairs. It’s a familiar scenario. According to U.S. Census data, hundreds of thousands of Americans are widowed each year, most of them women. Although there are some things…
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Going Through Divorce and Over 50? Make Finances Your Top Priority

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Divorce is a reality for a growing number of aging couples, a phenomenon commonly referred to as “gray divorce”. According to a study at Bowling Green State University, the divorce rate among adults ages 50 and older doubled between 1990 and 2010. Now, one in four Americans getting divorced is 50 or older.1 The study also found that the divorce rate is 2.5 times higher for those in remarriages compared to those in first marriages. Those in the Baby Boomer generation, people born between 1946 and 1964, were the first to divorce and remarry while they were young, and may experience…
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Basics of Property Ownership

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The way in which you hold title to your assets can have a major impact on your estate plan. Different property ownership types grant various levels of authority to titleholders and dictate what happens after an owner passes away. Two common types of ownership are “tenants in common” (TIC) and “joint tenants with rights of survivorship” (JTWROS). Tenants in Common, Joint Tenants with Rights of Survivorship and Tenants by the Entirety Individuals who own property as TIC own a percentage of the property. These percentages can be equal or unequal. When one tenant dies, her percentage interest would generally pass…
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