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If you’ve never heard of a trust mill, consider yourself lucky, but also be wary. There’s a growing segment of trust “advisors” trying to convince unsuspecting Americans to transfer their investments into riskier ventures. Here’s what you need to know and what to do about it. more...

- - Estate Planning Basics

One of the most hotly contested issues in divorce proceedings is the division of property and assets, but few couples consider what will happen to their debt if they decide to go separate ways. Debt division is extremely important, though, since outstanding bills must be factored into any determination of a couple’s net worth.  more...

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When you want to purchase a new TV, you just go out and choose one without regard for who provides your cable service or how you plan to use it. Purchasers of mobile phones have had similar flexibility for the past few years with the option of unlocking their mobile phone for use with a different service provider. But earlier this year the rules changed, making it illegal to unlock your mobile phone without the carrier’s authorization.

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What happens when a divorced parent fails to make court-ordered child support payments or to make them promptly? Court-ordered child support payments are among the more contested aspects of divorce proceedings. They can be difficult to comply with and even more difficult to collect, but there is hope for those who face the issue squarely.

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The dust’s settled—we know the country didn’t go over the fiscal cliff. Now it’s time to consider how the new tax laws may affect your estate plan. Spoiler alert: it’s not as bad as you might think.  more...

- - Estate Planning Basics

A great deal of coverage was given to Mitt Romney’s income taxes during the last election cycle. Given the high-profile nature of the office he was seeking, the scrutiny could be expected. What might not be, is the fact that Romney came by his tax rate by investing soundly and using the system to his advantage. more...

- - Personal Taxes

When there are loans to be paid and birthday gifts to be purchased, it may seem like saving money is your last priority. But in the long run, regularly contributing to your financial security will pay off. more...

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As a parent, you want the best for your kids. In addition to setting up a plan for yourself with a last will and estate plan, you can also help your kids by getting them a solid financial to-do list for their own lives. It is a great post-graduation gift that can also produce returns for you down the road. more...

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Money matters have been known to cause strain and even lead to breakups. Then why do couples spend so little time discussing and planning their finances? Never mind pondering the answer to that question when you can be whipping your financial plans into shape with these insightful tips for newlyweds. more...

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Discussing finances with aging parents can be fraught with misunderstandings. After all, what parent is ready to face turning over their finances to her children? Before you navigate this potentially delicate situation, consider these ways to approach it and what you can do to ensure your parents are financially healthy and secure into their golden years. more...

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