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Facing the Unthinkable: 9 Steps to Take Following the Death of a Spouse

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In the wake of the death of a spouse, there are few things you’d rather put off more than handling your household financial portfolio. Especially if your spouse was more involved in the day-to-day management than you, it can quickly become burdensome to locate accounts, pay bills and re-budget on one income. The following set of tips will hopefully be of some help to you as you navigate this difficult journey and provide comfort as you face this overwhelming task.

Tip #1 - Implement a “Decision Free Zone:” The worst time to make a major financial decision is during a...

Avoiding Joint Ownership of Assets: Joint Tenancy Is Not The Best Estate Planning Option

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Written by: Michele Procino-Wells, Esq.

Joint ownership of assets with a person’s children or other individuals can lead to disastrous results if not used properly. “Joint tenancy” is the legal term for joint ownership and it applies to any asset that is “titled,” including bank and investment accounts, real estate, cars or boats. When a joint tenancy is created, two (or more) individuals own the asset together and, upon the death of one joint owner, the remaining owners take over that person’s interest. Many mistakenly believe that placing a home or account in joint names with their children is a...

Lost and Found: A survivor's guide for reconstructing life after brain injury

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** “Lost & Found Author, Barbara Webster, Wants you to Know” Barbara J. Webster, Author – Lost and Found: A survivor’s guide for reconstructing life after brain injury.**

I need a lot more rest than I used to. I’m not being lazy. I get physical fatigue as well as a “brain fatigue”. It is very difficult and tiring for my brain to think, process and organize. Fatigue makes it even harder to think.

My stamina fluctuates, even though I may look good or “all better” on the outside. Cognition is a fragile function for a brain injury survivor. Some days...

Why Women Face More Risk in Retirement

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Contributed by Catherine M. Seeber, CFP®, CeFT®, Vice President & Financial Advisor

It’s apparent that Americans, both women and men, have not saved enough money for retirement. Studies have increasingly indicated that many baby boomers have no financial plan in place to protect themselves against outliving their assets and the rising cost of health care should they live longer than expected. So what makes women so much more vulnerable than men?

Longevity. It’s a phenomenon seen in every population: Women live longer than men. In the most recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2017 Tables), life...

Pitfalls of Poor Estate Planning: Top 5 Problem Areas to Consider

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Written by: Michele Procino-Wells, Esq.

Preparing an estate plan is often a bittersweet experience. On the one hand, you may feel gratified about the notion of leaving behind financial stability and security for your loved ones to rely upon. On the other, you may feel uncomfortable facing your own mortality and would rather quickly circumvent the estate planning process.

Both feelings are common emotional components of any estate planning process. However, what you should try and avoid at all costs – and trust us, it can cost you – is rushing through the process to the detriment of your family’s...