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Landlord as a Retirement Career

In today's economy, it seems that everything old is new again … albeit with a bit of a twist. Years ago, it was common for older couples – and frequently widows – to rent out rooms for extra income. Taking in boarders was a viable way to supplement income. Well, the idea is back, with a...

Letter of Final Instruction

If you're a member of the Baby Boomer generation, there's a good chance you have not done even the most basic of estate planning. In fact, only 56 percent of you have a will, according to a 2011 survey by Rocket Lawyer. So, if you have covered that base, give yourself a well-deserved pat on the...

Choosing an Executor

There are a number of decisions to be reached when planning for your estate and not least among them is the choice of executor. A poor choice of an executor, or a disconnection between executor, estate, and beneficiaries can hobble even the best laid of estate plans. Indeed, Reuters offers one...

Tax Planning & Charitable Donations

Giving to charity can be a very noble thing and for many of us it comes quite naturally. Unfortunately it's also rather easy to give incorrectly, at least as far as taxes are concerned. To prevent a simple but all too common mistake, the Wall Street Journal offers a mantra: "Get the letter. Get...

Get Out of Bed & Get Better

As we and our loved ones age, we put a lot of effort (and resources) into making sure a hospital bed is available when needed. New research shows that while that hospital bed may sometimes be necessary, getting up and out of it as quickly as possible is key to recovery. As it turns out, the...
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