10 Job Roles For Aging Parents

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Many people believe that they are now old and don't have to work anymore, but this isn't the case anymore. With growing age, you learn many lessons, and one of these is to work as long as you can and put your experience to good use. It is best if you never relied on others, not even your children. Moreover, working elders are more likely to stay fit and healthy for longer because their brains and bodies are active. According to a research report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 40% of old age people ranging at

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How to Convert Your Life Insurance to an Annuity

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If you want to convert your life insurance policy to an annuity—or are thinking about it—there are some key things to take into consideration. Imagine this scenario: Tom will retire in a few years. Decades ago, he opened a life insurance policy to provide security for his young family. His children are grown now and financially secure. He continues to pay the insurance premium but feels the policy is more than he needs. He’s considering transferring the policy to an annuity to provide a stream of income for his retirement. But he knows annuities can be complicated—mostly because there are

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Death and the Family Hunt for Hidden Assets

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Where are you hiding assets? Are they stored away in a locked trunk in your attic? Are they located in boxes stacked on the back wall of your moldy basement? Or did you pile your valuable art and antiques in an off–site storage unit located two towns over from your house? Death and Family Hunt for Hidden Assets Do you have several passbook bank accounts from various banks scattered in the four towns you once lived in or three 401K Plans from prior employment? Have you hidden jewelry in tattered shoeboxes in the back of a third floor closet or in

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Will My Advance Directive Work In Another State?

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Making sure your end-of-life wishes are followed no matter where you happen to be is important. If you move to a different state or split your time between one or more states, you should make sure your advance directive is valid in all the states you frequent. An advance directive gives instructions on the kind of medical care you would like to receive should you become unable to express your wishes yourself. It often designates someone to make medical decisions for you. Each state has its own laws setting forth requirements for valid advance directives and health care proxies. For

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Understanding Financial Powers of Attorney – Are They a “License to Steal”?

Understanding Financial Powers of Attorney – Are They a “License to Steal”?

A financial power of attorney is a valuable legal document that ensures that your financial matters will continue to be handled – should you become incapacitated and unable to do so yourself.  However, placed into the wrong hands, these documents can become a license to steal. Understanding Financial Powers of Attorney – Are They a “License to Steal”? In your power of attorney, you’re called the “principal” and the person you select to have authority over your finances is called the “agent” (or “attorney-in-fact”). A general power of attorney allows your selected agent to do everything that you could do with

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Final Expense Insurance: Is It Right for You?

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Final expense insurance is an option you may consider as you organize your retirement details. In the event of your death, having a plan in place can help family members take care of your funeral and related expenses—without financial stress. But where do you start? There are many options to cover end-of-life costs. Additionally, talking to loved ones about death can be difficult. Here are some tips to get you started: What is final expense insurance? Final expense insurance is a policy that you purchase to cover any expenses related to your death. That includes medical fees and funeral costs

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How to Spot Financial Elder Abuse

How to Spot Financial Elder Abuse

Last week's column discussed telephone fraudsters and other senior scams to watch out for, especially this time of year. Unfortunately, older individuals are easy targets because we're lonely and miss the constant companionship we enjoyed at work. Or we're lonely because the spouse has passed and the adult children have busy lives. How to Spot Financial Elder Abuse That leaves seniors open to a seemingly pleasant, trustworthy, and slick professionals who use the telephone in a friendly and engaging manner and traps us with kind words and attention. Scammers are smart and well-trained. They know exactly what to say to get

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Tips on Saving Money for Retirement

A great question to ask when buying something, especially big ticket items, "Is this the best you can do?" It doesn't hurt to ask. A recent article at Money features Sam Parr, founder of The Hustle, a media company that produces a popular business newsletter, has raised over $1.3 million in funding. Parr credits most of his success to the smart money habits. Save More If you're frugal and shop smart, you can put what you save into a retirement account, don't just leave that extra money sitting in the bank. Put it in a savings account. Aside from saving

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4 Questions to Ask Before Buying Long-Term Care Insurance

My wife, Gina, and I are in year five of owning and running a home care agency, and we've experienced firsthand the pain of families struggling to pay for it. After Gina and I helped managed care for my mother, Emily, as she transitioned into an assisted living facility near our home, we knew we couldn't afford NOT to have a LTC plan. There are so many options, riders, qualifications and all of this was completely overwhelming. Ultimately, the entire process took us about eighteen months, but we did finally choose a long-term care insurance policy that was right for

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