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Preventing Common Inheritance Disputes

Brad Reid | Posted 09.23.2014 | 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...

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

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.09.2014 | 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.

Sudden Wealth From a Legal Settlement?

David A. Dedman | Posted 09.04.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

Many legal settlements are a result of physical injury rendering you unable to work anymore and earn a living. So it's important that you make informed decisions.

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.

It Takes Willpower to Write a Will

Renee Fisher | Posted 08.04.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

LBL placed the drafts on the coffee table. This is where they sat for about a month, while life continued all around them. Tiny splashes of coffee appeared on them, as well as popcorn kernels. Every once in a while, LBL or Now Husband would say, "We should review these."

Where There Is a Will, There Is the Way to an Enduring Small Business

Lisa Honey | Posted 06.24.2014 | Small Business
Lisa Honey

What will happen to your small business after you pass away? While death may not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning for your business this year, the answer to this question is more important than many realize.

Quiet Millionaire Leaves Fortune To Stunned Small Town

Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty

A quiet and humble retired teacher in Simsbury, Connecticut wanted her estate -- which she believed to be worth about $40,000 -- to be distributed amo...

Leave Your Children More Than Money

Neale Godfrey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

In addition to the financial, there is another component to your children's legacy that you should consider -- the softer side. This is the very essence of your family that you want to pass on to the next generation.

There Are No Poor Elderly in Fairfield County

Pamela Glasner | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Pamela Glasner

Ever since 2011, when my 89 and 91-year-old parents were financially exploited and I became embroiled in the issue -- and in the battle -- I have been...

How to Choose the Right Executor for Your Will

Jim T. Miller | Posted 09.21.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Picking the right executor can help ensure the prompt, accurate distribution of your possessions with a minimum of family friction.

Something Beyond Survival - The Final Chapter

Pamela Glasner | Posted 06.10.2013 | Impact
Pamela Glasner

Hating is a heavy weight to carry around, all day, every day, as is fear, as is self-recrimination. They cloud everything, even to the point of watering down even the best experiences in your life so that the joy those experiences should bring become not much more than mediocre, and that's no way to live.

The Conversation Parents NEED To Have With Their Adult Children

Next Avenue | Posted 04.06.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Lori R. Sackler Avoid family strife down the road by holding key conversations about your estate plans -- now "Wh...

Pet Trusts: Should You Leave Money to the Family Dog?

Suzanna de Baca | Posted 06.04.2013 | HuffPost Home
Suzanna de Baca

Legally enforceable documents are the only way to try to ensure that your pet will be cared for according to your wishes. There are essentially three ways you can make provisions for your pet: a will, a pet trust or a pet protection agreement.

Something Beyond Survival -- Part Four

Pamela Glasner | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Pamela Glasner

Except for instances in the entertainment industry, I have never heard the words "I feel sorry for you" used as anything other than a weapon. In fact, I cannot think of a single phrase packed with more insincerity than that one.

Something Beyond Survival: Part 3

Pamela Glasner | Posted 05.29.2013 | Impact
Pamela Glasner

Last time, I talked about that maddeningly endless litany of seemingly unanswerable questions that can feel like pinballs bouncing around in your head...

Something Beyond Survival - Part Two

Pamela Glasner | Posted 05.21.2013 | Impact
Pamela Glasner

Last time, I closed by talking about what it felt like when I had to admit to myself I was a victim of a crime, and that what I wanted most of all was to take back my personal power.

Something Beyond Survival - Part One

Pamela Glasner | Posted 05.15.2013 | Impact
Pamela Glasner

Not that I would ever trivialize the enormity of being a 'survivor' -- after all, I'm one, too -- but once the initial relief of realizing I'd attained that goal had abated, it wasn't long before I began to wonder, "OK ... now what?"

How to Divvy Up Your Stuff

Jim T. Miller | Posted 04.15.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Divvying up personal possessions among adult children or other loved ones is a task that many parents dread. Deciding who should get what without showing favoritism, hurting someone's feelings or causing a feud can be difficult, even for close-knit families.

How to Write Your Own Will

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.07.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

If you have a simple, straightforward estate and an uncomplicated family situation, writing your own will -- with the help of a good do-it-yourself guide -- is a viable alternative to hiring an attorney.

Is Estate Planning Just For the Rich and Famous?

SaveUp | Posted 10.09.2012 | Money
SaveUp

You might be thinking..."I don't have an estate to plan." Or, "that's only for the 1 percent so they can avoid taxes." No matter how much (or little) money we have, we need a plan.

Savvy Senior: How to Create an Ethical Will

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.29.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

An ethical will can be a valuable complement to your legal will, as well as a wonderful gift to your family or other loved ones.

Baby Boomers Say They'd Rather Inherit Stories Than Possessions: Study

Posted 05.25.2012 | Fifty

In her book Storytelling & the Art of Imagination, author Nancy Mellon writes, "Storytelling gives us love and courage for life ... storytelling puts ...

How To Divide An Inheritance

Reuters | Posted 06.25.2012 | Money

By Mitch Lipka April 25 (Reuters) - When an older relative dies, the family often finds itself with the stamp collecti...

Estate Planning: What You Don't Say Can Hurt You

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.23.2012 | Fifty

My friend Jim Flanagan in New Jersey always said he planned to live to be 100 and die with one shiny nickel left to his name. His four children -- and...

Surprise! You're Rich.

USA Today | Sandra Block | Posted 06.09.2012 | Money

Chelsea Logan was a month and a half away from her 21st birthday when her father died suddenly from a heart attack. As her family struggled to cope wi...