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Jacoba Urist

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Congrats On Your College Rejection: Use It Wisely

(3) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 12:38 PM

Over the next week or so, families across the country will find out that they've been turned away from the college(s) of their dreams. I say they because I know, it will feel like you, the collective family unit, as represented by your pride and joy, have been evaluated and...

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How Financially Fertile Are You?

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 5:10 PM

It's no surprise these days that many women are starting their families later, often after the magic age of 35 when female fertility begins a sharper decline. Our reasons may differ: we're waiting to marry, want more time for our careers, feel greater independence, or just aren't quite "there" yet....

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How Facebook Makes You Jealous (And Why It's Not a Bad Thing)

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2012 | 3:39 PM

I'm not going to pretend I'm some "too cool for social media" type. I check Facebook on a regular basis -- with my coffee, mid-morning, at lunch, and maybe once or twice in the evening after I've put my son to bed (and don't even get me started on Twitter,...

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Please, Don't Save for College

(27) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 10:25 AM

For so many of the parents I get to know in my line of work, January is all about those financial New Year's resolutions -- and all month I've been hearing how couples have pledged to make 2012 the year they really start saving more in their kid's...

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3 Times You Should Commit Financial Infidelity This Year

(53) Comments | Posted January 7, 2012 | 1:42 PM

Chances are, you've heard about the other way to cheat on your spouse, the one that doesn't involve a trip to Vegas or a tryst with a co-worker. In fact, this kind of playing around never involves anybody else. It's all about you -- and your bank account.

These days,...

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Do Happier Parents Buy Less?

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 9:34 AM

Let's face it: New Yorkers are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to holiday shopping. That's right, I said disadvantage. Because while we may have access to most of the latest and greatest stuff on the planet, we just don't have the space to bring it home with us...

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When Good Parents Leave Their Baby Home Alone

(4) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 6:23 PM

At a holiday party last week, a couple started telling us a "funny" parenting story. They were staying in Paris, in a fourth floor walk-up, and decided to leave their 1-year-old asleep in his Pack 'n Play, and scamper down for a drink or two at a place nearby. No...

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Why You Need A Prenup This Holiday Season

(13) Comments | Posted November 24, 2011 | 11:55 AM

Today isn't just the official start to all that good cheer -- it's also the kick off to peak engagement season in this country. According to wedding industry statistics, the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's is the most popular time for couples to buy a ring and get one...

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The Truth About Preschool Admissions

(2) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 11:20 AM

Two months ago, my husband and I were faced with the Big Decision. You know, the one that can have even the most diehard of urban parents running for kinder, greener pastures: should we subject ourselves to the infamous preschool process? Of course, any one can tell you...

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4 Dangerous Myths About Choosing a Guardian

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 10:39 PM

I'm not going to lie. Lately I've noticed parents sidesteppping me at social gatherings. Whether I'm at a cocktail or a kiddie party, as soon as I say what I do these days, it seems I'm about as popular as pinkeye.

I write about estate planning. Turns out, over...

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Wait, Aren't Family Homes Off-Limits?

(35) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 1:30 PM

Last weekend, my son and I sat by the window in his bedroom and watched a swarm of skateboarders head towards Wall Street. We talked about their signs, their right to protest, and how lucky he is to live in a country where he can speak freely and march for...

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Is Financial Favoritism Ever a Good Idea?

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 12:37 PM

Mark the date. October 2011, and people are finally raising one of the biggest parenting taboos there is: do parents play favorites among their kids? We can debate whether parental preferences are wired into our DNA, or if most of us just have different kinds of...

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Should Your Kid Apply To Grad School Now?

(2) Comments | Posted September 26, 2011 | 1:03 PM

The LSAT is this Saturday. People around the country are switching their morning latte from iced back to hot again. And that means, the season is upon us: college seniors are lining up to apply to grad school.

While enrollment was down slightly, applications were still up...

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3 Big Parenting Lessons of 9/11

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2011 | 7:06 PM

Ten years ago, I was a single law student, standing on the sidewalk outside of a Starbucks, watching the Towers crumble with a group of complete strangers.

A decade later, I am a tax lawyer, married and a mother. I am still walking distance from Ground Zero, and I...

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Is the Preschool Game Right for You?

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2011 | 11:33 AM

September 6th is a big day for many New Yorkers this year. As it does every fall, the morning after Labor Day kicks off the official admissions season, and for many parents, that means the infamous telephone-jammed, frantic few hours of trying to get their hands on at least a...

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Why Wait to Be Taxed?

(6) Comments | Posted August 30, 2011 | 10:41 AM

There's no question, Warren Buffett made big waves and has everyone from my lawyer-friends to parents on the playground buzzing about who should be taxed (more) and at what marginal rate.

In his recent op-ed, Buffett calls for increased taxation on the mega-rich -- rate hikes for...

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