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New Law Allows You to Freeze Your Credit for Free

In response to the massive data breech last year at Equifax, a new federal law will allow you to place a freeze on your credit file at no cost. Currently, you must pay a fee to do so. The law takes effect September 21, 2018. Equifax, Experian and Transunion are the three major credit reporting […]

Five Ways to Help Your Parents Keep Their Financial House in Order

Many times, our parents don’t need (or want!) someone to completely take over their checkbook. Sometimes all they need is a little help. If they are willing to share information with you, here are five ways you can provide assistance while helping your senior maintain independence. 1. Review the incoming mail with your parents. Many […]

Five Tips to Help Your Parents with Technology

Adult children frequently assist their parents with choosing and setting up computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.  Sometimes this is successful for the senior. Other times it’s not. More than once I have witnessed an older client’s family member help the client select or set up a device. After the family leaves, the client […]

What to Know About Your New Medicare Card

If there is a way to scam you out of money, thieves will be all over it. Unfortunately this is happening with the rollout of the new Medicare cards. Medicare is removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. By April 2019, all Medicare participants will receive a replacement insurance card with a new, unique number. […]

Guest Blog – Caring Professionals

This week’s blog is a guest blog from my friend and colleague, Barbara Boustead of Madison, Wisconsin. Barbara serves with me on the board of directors of the American Association of Daily Money Managers.  This is an exciting time for daily money managers in Wisconsin and across the nation! We’re adding professionals to our industry in […]

Who Needs Your Social Security Number? (And When to Refuse to Give it Out)

Recently, as my daughter was deciding which college she will attend next fall, I was looking over the various schools’ acceptance forms. Many asked for her Social Security number.  I told Gabriella not to give the school her number. “Why?” she asked. “Because they have no legal right to it,” I said. Your Social Security […]

Your Eighteen-Year-Old Needs a Will (and Other Legal Documents)

I am getting ready to “launch” my daughter as she heads off to college next fall. She is an adult. Although my husband and I will still support her, we no longer have any legal authority to access her financial accounts, health information, and even her grades. It does not matter that we are her […]

Teach Your Kids About Money: Advice from an 18-Year-Old

When thinking about a blog topic for this month, I decided to focus on April 20th, National Teach Children to Save Day. As I began to write, it occurred to me I should consult my in-house expert, my daughter, Gabriella. She, after all, has been the recipient of her parents’ attempt to teach her financial […]