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Common Mistakes in Claiming Social Security

Social Security benefits serve an essential role in most Americans’ retirement plans. Yet many people — even soon-to-be retirees — know little about how the program works or how to get the most from the benefits they’ve earned.

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What are the Key Documents in Estate Planning?

It can be easy to overlook, but an estate plan is essential for nearly everyone, whether you have a lot of money or just a little. An estate plan tells your heirs and the courts how to divide up your assets. However, it also helps protect your loved ones from unnecessary hassle and expense – as well as potentially months, even years, tied up in the court system settling your estate.

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Benefit Controlled Trust May Be Answer to Protecting Legacy

Life is messy sometimes. Divorce, bankruptcies and lawsuits happen. They can potentially wipe out the inheritance you’ve carefully set aside for your loved ones. However, there are many trust options to help keep life from ruining your legacy.

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What You Need to Know about Long-Term Care

As retirees live longer, many worry about outliving their savings. However, many older Americans haven’t planned for a looming expense: the cost of long-term care.

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Learn about Estate Planning in Your New State

When moving to a new state, you may have to sever some or all of your ties to your former state. Half measures can leave you open to tax claims by your former home state.

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Should I Sign a Prenup before I Get Married again at 60?

Those marrying at older ages should at least consider a prenuptial agreement, since both spouses may come into a marriage with significant assets, children, or both.

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What Happens to Social Security Payments after a Person Dies?

The Social Security Administration should be notified as soon as possible after a beneficiary dies. Depending on your relationship to the deceased, you may be entitled to benefits for survivors.

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What Kind of Trust Is Right for You?

Estate planning is a crucial part of any holistic financial plan, and financial advisors often work with estate planning attorneys for guidance in this area.

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How are Seniors Fighting Long-Term Effects of COVID-19?

Older adults have been hit hard. 95% of all coronavirus deaths in the U.S. involved a patient who was at least 50 years old, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Older adults are also more likely to suffer from the virus’s lasting effects, commonly known as long COVID.

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When Should an Estate Plan Be Reviewed?

The documents may still be valid but if they are stale or outdated, you may spend significant money trying to use them down the road.

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