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Inheritance

The Sad Mother's Ring

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.09.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

After the funeral, the mortician handed me a small velvet pouch that contained my mother's jewelry: her favorite poinsettia earrings, a pearl necklace, and two rings. The first ring was a wedding ring my father gave her after she lost the original while working on the potato harvester. The second ring was a Mother's Ring she wore for 50 years.

Yours, Mine and Ours: Planning Stepfamily Finances

Jason Alderman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Couples planning to blend families often have to make financial arrangements that respect previous relationships with ex-spouses and their families. Issues range from childcare and eldercare to potentially complex matters. That's why involving trained experts in stepfamily financial planning is a must.

How to Close the Racial Wealth Gap

Sean McElwee | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Any presidential candidate should make the baby bond a central plank of their 2016 if they want to seriously address the problem of wealth inequality. Without such a proposal, wealth, and therefore political power will become increasingly concentrated in the hands of a small elite.

A Gates Plan for Eliminating Student Debt

Chuck Collins | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Chuck Collins

The Greatest Generation after World War II was created not only by their own grit, but also through major public investments in their prosperity. A similar investment is required for the next generation to rise to their full potential. Why should our greatest generation be behind us?

10 Surprises When Inheriting Real Estate

Andrew Lieb | Posted 12.31.2014 | New York
Andrew Lieb

Following the death of a loved one, you may become the recipient of an unexpected parcel of real estate. Yet, with every windfall comes great obligations, so be prepared for the surprises you may encounter when inheriting property.

The Top Financial Concerns of the Urban, Educated Millennial

Michael Ruderman | Posted 12.23.2014 | Money
Michael Ruderman

You shouldn't make any decision, particularly a financial one, without seeing the big picture. If an inheritance is in your future, it's best to know it's coming and be able to prepare for it. This might involve some awkward conversations, but it's worth knowing what might be left for you.

What To Do When You Inherit Your Parent's House

Next Avenue | Craig Venezia | Posted 10.20.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Craig Venezia Boomers stand to inherit upwards of $27 trillion over the next four decades, according to The Center o...

You've Inherited An IRA -- Now What?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 12.01.2014 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

An inheritance can bring up conflicting emotions, placing the positive of financial gain against the sadness of losing a loved one. Complicating the situation further, certain inheritances -- such as an IRA -- are more difficult to sort out than others.

Old Tycoons, New Moguls

David Drake | Posted 11.29.2014 | Money
David Drake

Although family offices have existed for more than a century, many are unfamiliar with the services they provide, because of the high level of confidentiality their clients demand.

Preventing Common Inheritance Disputes

Brad Reid | Posted 11.23.2014 | Money
Brad Reid

Disputed inheritances produce tragic family divisions. Preventive measures, a few of which are outlined below, may avoid many common issues. Always co...

Marriage Equality, a Road to Freedom

James Peron | Posted 11.15.2014 | Gay Voices
James Peron

Taking away the power to forbid same-sex marriage frees people from lots of government interference. In reality, what so many assume is perfectly backwards. Marriage reduces state interference in a person's life; it does not increase it.

What Einstein Taught Me About Death: 5 Reasons to Write a Will Today

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.08.2014 | Money
Steve Mariotti

Whether you are looking to ensure your children's safety and future, or dictate how much of your earnings go back into the tax system, writing a will is an essential action and we can all benefit from taking advice from a genius like Einstein here.

Will Your Kids Inherit Your Debt?

Jason Alderman | Posted 11.03.2014 | Money
Jason Alderman

The short answer is, not in most cases. But there are situations where someone could be legally responsible for paying off your bills after death. Plus, aggressive creditors have been known to coerce heirs into paying off debts for which they're not responsible, just to be left alone.

Philanthropy As a Family Affair

Epaminondas Farmakis | Posted 10.25.2014 | Impact
Epaminondas Farmakis

According to Forbes magazine, we are currently living in an era commonly referred to as the "Golden Age of Philanthropy." The number of family found...

Sudden Wealth From An Inheritance?

David A. Dedman | Posted 09.23.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

When you inherit money it usually accompanies a very emotional time. You may be still grieving over a lost relative or friend. Sometimes the sudden wealth from an inheritance can create even more stress in your life.

A Premarital Agreement Primer

Brad Reid | Posted 08.26.2014 | Weddings
Brad Reid

While a will may transfer property at death, a premarital agreement may clarify what property is subject to the provisions of a will as well as address inheritance and probate matters.

A Troublesome Controversy

Pete Shanks | Posted 08.09.2014 | Science
Pete Shanks

As Nicholas Wade's new book demonstrates, the category error that confuses human genetic variation with socially constructed race remains all too common.

5 Tips Before Leaving Your Kids an Inheritance

Robert Pagliarini | Posted 07.30.2014 | Money
Robert Pagliarini

What is your view of inherited money? Is it an "initiative sucker" or can it be used to create a better and more fulfilled life?

Heirs To Inherit $36 Trillion For Doing Nothing

CNBC | Robert Frank | Posted 05.29.2014 | Business

The greatest wealth transfer in history is underway, according to a new report. A study from the Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy p...

The Language of Love

Amy Mullis | Posted 07.14.2014 | Fifty
Amy Mullis

I realized that there comes a time in every woman's life when she needs to be sung to by a man with a heartbreakingly handsome voice in a language she doesn't understand. The sound of the words should drip with the dreams of her youth and the melody should hint of the promise that comes with time.

Watch: What the 1 Percent Don't Want You to Know

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

A new book that's the talk of academia and the media shows that two-thirds of America's increase in income inequality over the past four decades is the result of steep raises given to the country's highest earners.

What Kind Of Inheritance Do You Really Owe Your Kids?

Next Avenue | Bart Astor | Posted 04.21.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Bart Astor “I don’t believe in inheriting money,” CNN host Anderson Cooper recently told Howard Stern on Stern...

For Conservatives Like Paul Ryan, How You Make Your Money Is What Really Matters

Jay Livingston | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Jay Livingston

Economic policies often rest on assumptions about human motivation. What conservatives are saying to you is this: working for your money is not as good as instead of inheriting it.

When You Die, Where Does Your Dough Go?

David A. Dedman | Posted 05.24.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

Investors over the years have told me that they have it all worked out. "I've got a will, a trust and spoke to an attorney." Often, those instructions were done years ago, sometimes decades ago.

Why I Went on a Cash-Only Diet

LearnVest | Posted 05.18.2014 | Women
LearnVest

It was after several months of blowing between $800 and $1,200 on food alone that I realized it was time for a change.