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All About Credit Scores

June 6, 2016
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It’s difficult to imagine functioning in today’s world without credit. Whether buying a car or purchasing a home, credit has become an integral part of our everyday lives. Having easy access to credit goes hand in hand with having a good credit score, so it’s important to know how to maintain a positive credit score…

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I'm transitioning out of the military. How do I search for a job?

January 21, 2016
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Answer: The transition from the military to a civilian job can be difficult. Fortunately, you can follow a few key steps to make the process as smooth as possible and help find a job that’s financially and professionally rewarding. At the beginning of your search, you’ll want to reach out to your local Transition Assistance…

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Should my partner and I buy a house together even though we're not married?

January 20, 2016
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Answer: If you want to buy a home with your partner, go ahead. Together, you may be able to qualify for a larger mortgage than if one partner alone applied for the loan. However, be aware that unmarried partners have some unique considerations that married couples don’t have. The laws dealing with the distribution of…

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Coordinating Long-Term Care Insurance with Government Benefits

January 18, 2016
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If you’re a senior, the future may present more of a concern than it once did–you may wonder what you’ll do if your health deteriorates. If you must enter a nursing home, for example, how will you pay for it? Fortunately, you may have several options. One such option is long-term care insurance (LTCI). Government-regulated…

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Medicaid and Nursing Home Care

January 15, 2016
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As you enter your 60s and 70s, health may become more of an issue than it once was, and your thoughts may turn to the future. Who will take care of you when you can no longer care for yourself? If you must enter a nursing home, how will you pay for it? By learning…

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Conducting a Home Inventory

January 12, 2016
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A home inventory is a complete and detailed written list of all your personal property that’s located in your home and stored in other structures like garages and toolsheds. It should include your possessions as well as those of family members and others living in your home. You should prepare an inventory whenever you move…

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Key Estate Planning Documents You Need

December 30, 2015

There are five estate planning documents you may need, regardless of your age, health, or wealth: Durable power of attorney Advanced medical directives Will Letter of instruction Living trust The last document, a living trust, isn’t always necessary, but it’s included here because it’s a vital component of many estate plans. Durable power of attorney…

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Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage or Invest?

December 4, 2015
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Owning a home outright is a dream that many Americans share. Having a mortgage can be a huge burden, and paying it off may be the first item on your financial to-do list. But competing with the desire to own your home free and clear is your need to invest for retirement, your child’s college…

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Buying a Car

September 18, 2015
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Maybe you’ve always pictured yourself driving a shiny red convertible. Or perhaps you’ve had a recent addition to the family and you’re looking for the practicality of a minivan. Whatever the reason, you’re in the market for a new car. Here are some tips to help make the car-buying process a bit easier. Choosing a…

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Planning for Incapacity

September 14, 2015

What would happen if you were mentally or physically unable to take care of yourself or your day-to-day affairs? You might not be able to make sound decisions about your health or finances. You could lose the ability to pay bills, write checks, make deposits, sell assets, or otherwise conduct your affairs. Unless you’re prepared,…

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