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You Need Advanced Directives

You Need Advanced Directives

You’ve got your will and your durable power of attorney. But you’re not finished quite yet putting your legal affairs ...
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You Need a Durable Power of Attorney

You Need a Durable Power of Attorney

It gives an individual power to manage your legal and financial affairs while you are alive but incapacitated due to ...
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You Need a Will

You Need a Will

Planning for what will happen when you die can give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing that ...
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What You Need to Know About Guardianship

What You Need to Know About Guardianship

As a new-widowed person and single-parent with minor children, one of the first things you need to think about is ...
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Great Apps and Websites for Busy Parents

Great Apps and Websites for Busy Parents

Whether you’re a single parent working outside the home, or a stay-at-home parent, the way to stay sane is to ...
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Helping Your Child Adjust to Single-Parenting

Helping Your Child Adjust to Single-Parenting

How a child reacts to living in a single-parent family depends on his or her age and other factors.  Very ...
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Adjusting to Being a Single Parent

Adjusting to Being a Single Parent

Becoming a single parent is a big adjustment.  It can be challenging to raise a child as a single mother ...
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What is Investment Risk and Why Does it Matter?

What is Investment Risk and Why Does it Matter?

At the time of this writing, inflation is pegged at over 8%. This is like losing 8% (annually), so without ...
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Investment Goal: Growth, Income, or Both?

Investment Goal: Growth, Income, or Both?

Once you’ve decided to invest your money, you still need to decide what type of investment you want, which is determined by your ...
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I'm Ready to Invest: Now What?

I’m Ready to Invest: Now What?

You understand your risk tolerance and your investment goal(s). You have spoken with a financial professional. You have a suitable ...
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How to Prepare for a Recession

How to Prepare for a Recession

Recessions are a natural, albeit uncomfortable, part of the economic cycle. With the Federal Reserve raising interest rates to curb ...
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Health Insurance Basics

Health Insurance Basics

Understanding your health insurance options today can seem daunting. Below we have created a guide to help you understand what ...
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HSA or FSA: Which Is Right for You?

HSA or FSA: Which Is Right for You?

Everyone knows that healthcare takes up a huge amount of their budget. Along with sharply rising prices have come many ...
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Medicare Toolkit

Medicare Toolkit

Medicare is the federal health insurance program available to older Americans and to many adults with disabilities. In most cases, ...
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Understanding Advance Directives for Medical Decisions

Understanding Advance Directives for Medical Decisions

Health care advance directives are legal documents that allow you to describe what kind of medical care you want or ...
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A Simple Guide to Renters Insurance

A Simple Guide to Renters Insurance

Most know that if you’re a homeowner, you must have homeowners insurance in the event of property damage or an ...
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Home and Auto Insurance: The Basics

Home and Auto Insurance: The Basics

Whether this is your first- or fifth-time shopping for home and auto insurance the task can seem daunting. To help ...
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Homeowners Insurance: Am I Under-Insured?  How do I know?

Homeowners Insurance: Am I Under-Insured? How do I know?

A home is one of life’s biggest investments.  Homeowners insurance protects your investment.  Having sufficient coverage is critical in case ...
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10 Tips to Reduce Your Energy Bill

10 Tips to Reduce Your Energy Bill

With the amount spent on bills steadily increasing you may find yourself asking what you can do to save money.  ...
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5 Ways to Reduce Auto Expenses

5 Ways to Reduce Auto Expenses

It is getting more expensive every day to own an automobile.  Sticker prices are sky-high, as are services, parts, and ...
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Proper Home Maintenance Can Save You Thousands on Repairs

Proper Home Maintenance Can Save You Thousands on Repairs

We understand.  Working on home maintenance tasks is not how you want to spend your days off or how you ...
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Top 5 Home Security Systems of 2022

Top 5 Home Security Systems of 2022

In this day and age, you may find yourself asking, “Do I need a home security system?”  Well, would you ...
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Investing Basics

Investing Basics

Are you new to investing? Does it absolutely terrify you – the thought of investing and watching the value of ...
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Am I getting a "Good Return" on My Investments?

Am I getting a “Good Return” on My Investments?

Most invest with one goal in mind: to make money. You invest to build wealth to be able to do ...
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Inflation:  Should you Worry About it?

Inflation: Should you Worry About it?

High inflation, or “hyper-inflation,” continues to demand attention across all news outlets. It’s the topic of discussion in government, including ...
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Traditional IRA or Roth IRA: Which is Right for You?

Traditional IRA or Roth IRA: Which is Right for You?

As we get older, we hear about the importance of setting up an IRA or Roth IRA, but it’s hard ...
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Banking Basics

Banking Basics

Everyone understands what a bank is, but many fail to understand the fundamentals associated with them. This includes knowing how ...
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Ready to Go "Paperless?"

Ready to Go “Paperless?”

In this growing age of technology, people are finding themselves spending much of their business day taking place online. This ...
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Credit Card vs. Debit Card: The Basics

Credit Card vs. Debit Card: The Basics

It’s hard to tell the difference between a debit card and credit card just by looking at them. Both have ...
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How to Keep More of Your Money (and Pay Less Taxes)

How to Keep More of Your Money (and Pay Less Taxes)

Whether this is your first time filing a tax return or your fiftieth it can still seem like a daunting ...
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5 Helpful Tax Services for 2022

5 Helpful Tax Services for 2022

With all the tax services available today, you may find yourself asking “Which one is the best for me?” While ...
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Do I Need to File an Estate Tax Return?

Do I Need to File an Estate Tax Return?

After losing a loved one the last thing on your mind may be filing taxes; however, it is still your ...
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5 Signs You May Have a Spending Problem

5 Signs You May Have a Spending Problem

Some habits are good, and some are not, right?  Do you have a habit of overspending?  Do you have buyer’s ...
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Are You Spending Too Much?

Are You Spending Too Much?

Whether you earn a little or earn a lot, from time to time many wonder: “Am I spending too much?”  ...
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Why You Need a Budget

Why You Need a Budget

Since many new widows lose nearly seventy-five percent of their income, it is critical to look at your income sources ...
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Online Tools to Help You Budget

Online Tools to Help You Budget

Taking charge of your budget makes you feel more in control not only of your spending but of your life.  ...
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Do Your Credit Cards Have You in Debt?

Do Your Credit Cards Have You in Debt?

Managing Credit Cards and Credit Card Debt When you open your wallet, what do you see? If you're like many ...
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Create the Perfect Filing System

Create the Perfect Filing System

Don't Agonize. Get Organized! If you're like most people, you've got a pile for this and a pile for that.  ...
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Adjusting to Being a Single Parent

Adjusting to Being a Single Parent

Adjusting to Being a Single Parent Becoming a single parent is a big adjustment. It can be challenging to raise ...
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Making Funeral Arrangements

Making Funeral Arrangements

Making Funeral Arrangements Making funeral arrangements is never easy. In addition to dealing with the death of someone you love, ...
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Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft

Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft

Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft  Identity thieves go after the personal information we and the institutions we deal with unknowingly ...
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Ten Steps to Take During Difficult Financial Times

Ten Steps to Take During Difficult Financial Times

Ten Steps to Take During Difficult Financial Times Difficult financial times can lead to feelings of stress. Here are ten ...
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What Happens if You Die Without a Will?

What Happens if You Die Without a Will?

What Happens if You Die Without a Will? “Every adult should have one.” That’s the importance Ruth Driscoll, an advanced ...
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Check Your Credit Report Annually

Check Your Credit Report Annually

Check Your Credit Report Annually Your credit record is an account of your personal financial history. Credit records are used ...
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The Best Things to Know About Taxes for the Newly Widowed

The Best Things to Know About Taxes for the Newly Widowed

If you’re recently widowed and have a relationship with a CPA or other tax professional, great! Please consult with him ...
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You Need an Emergency Fund

You Need an Emergency Fund

You Need an Emergency Fund To be accurate, just about everybody needs an emergency fund. Why? With an emergency fund ...
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Smart and Loving Planning Helps Prepare for Loss

Smart and Loving Planning Helps Prepare for Loss

Smart and Loving Planning Helps Prepare for Loss Palliative and hospice care may give you the opportunity to better prepare ...
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Seek Advice Before Settling Your Late Spouse's Debts

Seek Advice Before Settling Your Late Spouse’s Debts

Seek Advice Before Settling Your Late Spouse’s Debts Patty Mann* lost her husband, Mark, in August 2018 to a rare ...
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We Don't Say Enough About Grief

We Don’t Say Enough About Grief

Wings for Widows focuses on grieving widows' financial needs and not necessarily on the grieving widow's grief. When working with ...
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Moving Forward Financially after the Loss of a Spouse

Moving Forward Financially after the Loss of a Spouse

Moving Forward Financially After the Loss of a Spouse The loss of a spouse can be a devastating, life-changing event ...
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Don't Wait to Claim Social Security Survivor's Benefits

Don’t Wait to Claim Social Security Survivor’s Benefits

Don't Wait to Claim Social Security Survivor's Benefits Social Security survivor's benefits can provide much-needed income to you and your ...
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You Need to Grieve Your Loss, But There Are Things You Must Do First

You Need to Grieve Your Loss, But There Are Things You Must Do First

You Need to Grieve Your Loss, But There Are Things You Must Do First When your spouse dies, you'll need ...
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Are You Eligible for Government Benefits?

Are You Eligible for Government Benefits?

Are You Eligible for Government Benefits? Most people purchase some form of life insurance to offset the risk of loss ...
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Answers to Your Financial Questions Shouldn't Come from Your GriefShare Group

Answers to Your Financial Questions Shouldn’t Come from Your GriefShare Group

Answers to Your Financial Questions Shouldn't Come from Your GriefShare Group I recently joined a group of eight women who ...
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