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Create an Emergency Records Binder

With weather-related disasters making the news these days, emergency preparedness may be front of mind. You probably have tools to cope with a flat tire, or a hurricane lantern or candles for times when the electricity to your home is interrupted. But have you considered what records you might need if your wallet was stolen? […]

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Do You Need a Safe Deposit Box?

Though you may have thought bank safe deposit boxes no longer existed, these secure containers are still around, and can be useful for storing difficult to replace items, such as deeds, contracts, and your home inventory. Should you have one? Here’s what to consider. Peace of mind. Knowing that key original documents are in a […]

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The Taxing Side Of Divorce

Getting divorced? Amid all the upheaval, taxes are not likely to be foremost on your mind. Yet overlooking the tax consequences can be costly. Here are some of the basics. Your filing status will change. No matter if you get your final divorce decree or separate maintenance on January 1, December 31, or any date […]

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Teach Your Kids to Use Credit Cards Responsibly

No doubt you have shared the adage “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” with your children. That caution is wise, especially when teaching your kids how to use credit cards responsibly, because misuse of credit can have a long-term impact on financial health. The main lesson you want to impart: […]

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Get Familiar with These Estate Planning Documents

  Basic estate planning begins with completing documents that allow your last wishes to be carried out as you choose. But are you familiar with the documents you’ll need? Here’s a list of common estate planning documents and their purpose. Advance Directive. Your instructions for end-of-life and quality of life wishes regarding medical treatments. Share […]

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What’s New With Able Accounts?

Remember the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which was passed in 2014 and authorized tax-favored savings accounts for people with disabilities? Proposed regulations issued in 2015 provided a blueprint for creating these ABLE accounts and authorized the IRS to develop forms needed for reporting purposes. Another law passed in December 2015 eliminated certain […]

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Will You “Boomerang” After Graduating From College?

No matter your plans for your life after college graduation, the high cost of living, limited job opportunities, and considerable debt can become significant barriers to your success in achieving your goals. Other circumstances, such as a divorce or job loss, can make living independently a challenge. As a result, you may find yourself in […]

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