Don’t fall victim to fraud after hurricanes

By: Justin Lavelle

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, two things are certain: 1) Texans and Floridians will rebuild and repair, and 2) scammers will be lurking — ready to take advantage of victims, their circumstances and the people lending a hand to help. Preventing natural disaster relief scams is impossible. But informed citizens doing their research can avoid falling... READ MORE

FAQs about Medicare: Filling the gaps

By: Kimberly Lankford

Every day, my in-box is filled with questions from readers about the nuances of Medicare. The following frequently asked questions concerning signing up or changing your coverage will help you navigate the system and deal with tricky issues.Q: Why do I need Medigap insurance?A: Even with Medicare, you still have to pay deductibles and co-payments. Most people buy... READ MORE

How to track down your forgotten cash

By: Sandra Block

If you’ve ever pulled a $20 bill out of the pocket of an old pair of pants or a mothballed winter overcoat, you know the pure joy of finding money you didn’t know you had.But many of us have much larger sums languishing in old bank accounts, forgotten insurance policies, uncashed paychecks, and other relics of our financial lives.When an account is inactive for a certain period... READ MORE

A good problem to have: saving too much

By: Brian Vnak

The most fundamental financial advice — to consistently save — is absolutely correct. What’s less obvious, yet equally correct, is that you can also save too much.Your financial plan should not only help you to live better in the long run. It should also help you live better today. The truth is, accumulating more in savings than you will need for retirement can be a... READ MORE

Nervous investors look to dividend stocks

By: Michael Andersen

While most investors are publicly celebrating this record-setting bull market, many tell me in private that they’re nervous about the possibility of a downturn.People have different reactions when the market does so well for so long. Some are sure they should get out, but greed won’t let them pull the plug. Others are eager to get in on the action, but fear won’t let them... READ MORE

Widows need an attorney to protect assets

By: Renée Henning

Recently widowed women and their children are vulnerable. After losing a spouse, many women are treated poorly. They need a champion with expertise in estates, contracts, competency, and other legal subjects. As explained below, this area of law is effectively a “wronged widow” practice.For centuries, numerous people have profited from the death of a colleague, friend or... READ MORE