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Know Your Rights When Planning a Funeral

When a loved one dies, grieving family and friends are often faced with having to make funeral decisions quickly. Not many of us have prior experience planning funerals. This, combined with the emotional duress of our loved one’s death, make it easy for consumers to purchase unnecessary or unwanted services, and pay more than necessary. […]

Can My Loved One Deduct the Mammoth Costs of Long Term Care?

Typically paid personal care, such as dressing and bathing, is not tax deductible. If an individual meets the IRS requirements, however, long term personal care can be deducted as a medical expense. Before you toss your spouse’s or parents’ long term care bills, check to see whether they qualify for a tax deduction. The amount […]

How I Stopped the Barrage of Junk Mail from 68 Charities

My 91 year-old-client, Dotty, was continually pestered by charities. She received several unwanted mail solicitations every week. Several of these non-profits sent her “gifts” to thank her (in advance) for her donation: return address labels, calendars, note paper, wrapping paper, and even coins. Dotty felt she had to send money to “pay” for these unrequested […]

Help Others Help You: Prepare an Inventory

When I opened the door to my client’s apartment, knew I was in for a treasure hunt. Tim was a new client, and I needed to quickly understand his legal and financial situation. He was in a nursing home and unable to communicate. I spent hours looking through his papers for clues. Many of us […]

Finding Success in the Minefield of New Year’s (Money) Resolutions

2016! A new year with new possibilities. For many people, this is the time to resolve to spend less, save more, start budgeting, or live within their means. Reining in expenses is work, takes time, and can be tightly entwined with emotions. How can you make this resolution a success? Setting up a budget and […]

Give Thanks to Your Money

Thanksgiving reminds us to be grateful for the people and things we value in our lives. I propose we include money in our expressions of gratitude, both the money we have and our ability to acquire it. Money is so important in our daily lives, many ordinary events would not happen without it. At its […]