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Change is a part of life. But sometimes, people forget that when it comes to estate planning. Let the late Philip Seymour Hoffman's case serve as a prime example of how important it is to keep your will up-to-date to ensure your wishes can be fulfilled when you pass on. more...

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People are using the Internet to manage more financial transactions than ever before, from paying bills to big-money transactions like investing or real estate. Many of those who embrace the concept also enjoy the paper-free convenience of receiving their financial documents electronically—bills, account statements, annual reports, and more.  more...

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Most people have feelings—often strong ones—about who should receive their assets after they’re gone. But many put off making a will until it’s too late. The good news is that making a will is much simpler and more affordable than most people think. But first, you should know the pros and cons.

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The question of how, when—and whether—to tell your children your estate plans is a tricky one. Every family is unique, but these general guidelines should come in handy. And, who knows? You may be surprised to find the conversation you’ve been avoiding turns out to be a family bonding experience. more...

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Estate planning can help your family make important decisions during difficult times. As our lives become more complex, preparing an estate plan is no longer reserved for older Americans. Here are some situations where certain documents, like a power of attorney, may make sense for young adults in your family.

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The role of executor is usually assigned to a close member of the family. Given the nature of the assignment itself, the role can be quite a challenge—both mentally and emotionally. What follows is a list of executor’s duties that hopefully will create the right expectations for the job. more...

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Some people really love their pets. And some people take their fondness for their pets to another level by leaving them fortunes—sometimes outrageous ones. See the lengths some pet lovers have gone to for their beloved pets. more...

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After you’ve made a last will, one question many people have is where to store the document. Before you decide to store it in a plastic bag in your freezer, one thing to note is that you have options for where to safely store your will. more...

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Having an estate plan is an important step toward protecting your family for the future. Keeping it up-to-date is just as important as having one in place, especially if your wishes and circumstances have recently changed. more...

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F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me.” He was, of course, referring to their lifestyles. But for some, their eccentricities would continue after their deaths as evidenced by these very quirky last wills. more...

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