Estate Planning Essentials: 8 Steps to Protect Your Family

By Kate Ashford Nobody likes to think about estate planning — except perhaps for estate lawyers. It’s simultaneously morbid and boring, and you probably already have a long enough to-do list. The gutters are full of leaves and the kids need fall clothes — why worry about power of attorney? But look at it this […]

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12 Tough Questions to Ask Your Parents

Hey Dad, how’s the game? Oh, and do you want to be buried or cremated? And how much money are you leaving me?” The mere idea of having a talk with your elderly parents about their finances and estate planning is enough to make you wish for swine flu this Thanksgiving — anything to help […]

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Death in the Family: 12 Things to Do Now

The death of a loved one imposes cruel demands on the closest survivors. You, more than anyone, need time and space to handle your emotions, gather your thoughts and say goodbye. And yet demands are suddenly coming from all sides. You need to make quick decisions, from funeral flowers to financial matters, from how to […]

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Planning for Aging-in-Place – Up 10%, Remodelers Say

Planning for aging-in-place renovation work among remodeling clients increased 10% during the past three years, according to a recent survey by the NAHB Remodelers. In the survey, 70% of remodelers reported making universal design home modifications, up from 60% in 2006. “Home owners are asking for remodeling improvements to make their homes more comfortable as […]

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Top 6 Home Renovation Scams To Avoid

Michael Sanibel, Investopedia.com, Oct 18, 2010 Scam artists are nothing new, but there are plenty of reasons to predict there will even more of them due to tough economic times . While they tend to prey on the elderly, anyone who is not cautious and informed is a potential victim. Your best defense is a […]

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