Common Estate Planning Mistakes

The most common way to transfer assets to your heirs is also the messiest: to have a will that is so out of date that it doesn’t relate to your property or estate, to have your records scattered all over the place, to have social media, banking and email accounts whose passwords only you can find—and basically to leave a big mess for others to clean up.

Is there a better way?

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The Economic Myth-Destroyer Gets His Due

Imagine a person who always, in every circumstance, makes rational decisions with his money.  He saves when he ought to and spends exactly as he should spend, in order to maximize the “utility” of whatever wealth he happens to possess.  He defers gratification with ease.  When he invests, he has instant and total access to all possible information related to every item in his, including the details of every company’s financials and any impactful world events, even if they haven’t reached the news media yet.  If he found a $100 bill on the sidewalk, he would immediately go out and invest it in a steel mill.

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Liz Weston: Equifax just changed the rest of your life

Adding freezes to your credit reports is an appropriate response to the massive Equifax database breach that exposed the private information of 143 million Americans. Don’t make the mistake of thinking those freezes will keep you safe, however. Credit freezes lock down your credit reports in a way that should prevent “new account fraud,” or bogus accounts being opened in your name.

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Don’t Miss Open Enrollment

Each year, the Affordable Care Act—popularly known as Obamacare—creates a period when health insurance policyholders can buy or change their coverage through state exchanges or the government website.  This year, many locations will feature fewer carriers bidding for your business, but virtually every county in America still has coverage options.

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Tax Reform—or Not?

You can be forgiven if you’re skeptical that Congress will be able to completely overhaul our tax system after failing to overhaul our health care system, but professional advisors are studying the newly-released nine-page proposal closely nonetheless.  We only have the bare outlines of what the initial plan might look like before it goes through the Congressional sausage grinder:

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If you expect to get Social Security, this is the one thing you need to do in the aftermath of the Equifax data breach

The financial exploitation of seniors is already a problem. And now with the massive data breach by Equifax, it’s just one more thing to concern the elderly. Many people are scrambling trying to put in place credit freezes to prevent identity thieves from opening up credit in their name.

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