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June 2017
Ambord
Dollar Sense

Potpourri: Stuff You Should Know about an Important Resource and the Latest Scams to Avoid

You should know, playing a foreign lottery is illegal, by phone or by mail. If you are told you won a prize but you must pay for it in any way (by wiring money, by gift card or prepaid card) you are being scammed, says the FTC.

Ambord
Dollar Sense

Stuck with Student Loan Debt? You’re Not Alone: Grandma, Will You Cosign a College Loan for Me? I Promise I’ll Make the Payments!

A lot of parents and grandparents do cosign. Between 2005 and 2015, consumers age 60 and up became the fastest growing group of student loan borrowers...Unfortunately, as a result, an increasing number of people age 65 and up have defaulted on their federal student loans and now they’re finding their Social Security checks docked to repay the debt.

David
Legal Ease

Avoiding Probate: You’re Both Wrong; Here’s What You Can Do Right

The other method used to avoid probate is to name a beneficiary to receive an asset upon the owner’s death.

May 2017
Ambord
Dollar Sense

Potpourri: What You Should Know to Protect Your Benefits, Your Rights and Your Assets

What should you do if your loved one has passed away, leaving important items in a safe deposit box that you can’t access? The answer depends on the state where the safe deposit box is, which means you may have to contact an attorney in that state.

Ambord
Dollar Sense

Some of the Often Unknown, But Important Facts about Trusts, Estate Planning and Probate

If you later got divorced or are in the process of divorce, you should take time to review your estate plan as soon as possible. It’s surprisingly common for divorced spouses to forget to change the beneficiaries on their life insurance and retirement accounts.

David
Legal Ease

All in the Family

If my son is still living with me at the time of my death, what will his rights be regarding living at the house, or will he have any rights? Will my daughter, who is trustee of my trust, have the right to ask him to leave, and if so, how long will he have before he actually has to vacate the house?

April 2017
Ambord
Dollar Sense

How Safe are Your Bank Deposits?

If your money is in a bank that isn’t FDIC-insured, you may have to wait until the bank’s assets are sold to get a portion of your money back. You’ll likely be in line behind a long list of creditors. The FDIC estimates you’ll lose an average of 28 cents on the uninsured dollar you have deposited.

David
Legal Ease

When Good Intentions Go Bad

What you are suggesting doing is what many older people do with their children in an effort to avoid the cost of engaging in estate planning, and because they feel it is a simpler approach and gets them to the same place. However, there are some inherent disadvantages in doing what you suggest.

March 2017
Ambord
Dollar Sense

Do You Employ a Household Worker? Don’t Run Afoul of the Law

If you’re an employer, then you have tax obligations if you pay one individual $2,000 or more in one calendar year. If you pay $1,000 in a quarter to one employee, you may need to pay federal unemployment tax, and possibly state unemployment...This does not apply to wages paid to your spouse, parent, or your child who is under 21.

Ambord
Dollar Sense

Get Through Tax Season Unscathed

Deducting Fido. Don’t we all complain that our beloved pets should be tax deductible, given that we probably spent more on their upkeep than we spend on ourselves? But unless Fido is an actual junkyard dog and you own the junkyard, you can’t claim his expenses.

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