August 23, 2013
Recently, my grandmother passed away at the young age of 73. During this time, I learned very quickly the importance of preparing—both emotionally and financially—for death.
Emotionally, my entire family was a mess. My grandmother had four...
May 16, 2013
This is a tricky question because state laws differ so much. Compounding the problem is that most states don’t even pay much attention to who inherits guns unless the heir gets into trouble. Then — if possession turns out to be illegal — he or...
April 17, 2013
My mom has recently taken on a task that is exactly as practical as it is morbid: preparing her will.
Actually, she’s preparing wills for...
February 27, 2013
In November 2012, CNN Money reported that a typical, traditional American funeral costs around $10,000. This of course can vary widely depending on...
February 13, 2013
NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Married Americans over the age of 50 are splitting up at a record pace, and that presents them with a unique number of problems and challenges.
According to a...
January 31, 2013
When Shirlee Smith left one of her four daughters out of her will, she was not trying to be mean.
The Pasadena, California, resident says the 44-year-old daughter she disinherited is a college graduate and has a good job and a husband whose...
January 28, 2013
There is not a parent of young children who does not agonize over this decision. Outside of you and your spouse, there is never a perfect choice. One parent thinks his sister would be perfect, even if she lives in a commune outside of Reno. The...
November 14, 2012
Many Baby Boomers, like me, are sandwiched between caring for our children and our parents. If you’re lucky enough to still have your parents around, like I do, consider yourself blessed. With the many challenges that we face living between...
November 13, 2012
I manage most of my financial and business life online. A lot of my personal life is there, too – photographs, saved emails, Facebook, tweets. If I’m hit by a truck tomorrow, what happens to...
November 12, 2012
You have our sympathy. We're not going to recommend watching “The Bucket List,” because Jack Nicholson hasn't done a good movie since “The Departed” and because no amount of feel-good schmaltz can paper over the serious questions you have to...