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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...

Inheritance: How Much is Too Much?

Richard Watts | Posted 05.13.2012 | Black Voices
Richard Watts

How much should I leave my children?" This is the question most often echoed by well-intentioned and loving parents coming to terms with their mortality. It is the last act of significant parental control but it often carries an unexpected impact.

Don't Let the Government Write Your Will

Ann Margaret Carrozza | Posted 05.06.2012 | Money
Ann Margaret Carrozza

We may well disagree on exactly where to draw the line, but we can all probably agree that we don't want our state of residence preparing our last will and testament.

Don't Leave Your Shrink Out Of This Discussion

Reuters | Posted 05.05.2012 | Money

By Mitch Lipka March 5 (Reuters) - When it comes to family squabbles over money -- particularly contentious ones involving inheritances -- yo...

I'm Dying To Tell You: Estate Planning And Other Existential Agitations

Debra Ollivier | Posted 05.16.2012 | Fifty
Debra Ollivier

The resistance to the process is as logistical as it is ontological, because estate planning is linked to the unpleasant task of death planning, and who wants to think about that? But when children come into the picture parents often enter the Kingdom of Anxiety, and concerns about what we leave behind are harder to sweep under the carpet.

Where There's a Will...

Claire Fordham | Posted 12.03.2011 | Fifty
Claire Fordham

When you write your will, you have to cover every eventuality. What if you and your spouse die in an accident, who will look after your kids? What if you are all killed in an accident?

My Story: Why People Need Wills

Don McNay | Posted 10.17.2011 | Business
Don McNay

I have a will. I tell anyone who comes in my door to get one. No matter how old or young, rich or poor, I tell them they need a document that will specify what happens with their assets when they die.