Best of Intentions: If You Want Your Estate to be Distributed Properly, Remember to Update Your Beneficiaries

Here’s a question: if you’ve made it clear in your will which of your heirs should inherit money from your estate, how it is possible that those funds will end up going to someone else? The answer is simple: if you’ve forgotten to update the beneficiary information on a life insurance policy, retirement plan, or … Read more

Syndicated Columnist Chuck Jaffe Advises Readers to Have “The Financial Talk” Now to Avoid Pain Later

If something were to happen to your spouse, would you know how to find all the important information about your financial accounts? Would all your beneficiary designations be up to date? Do you even agree on who your beneficiaries should be? If your answer is no, you’re not alone. The sad reality is that many … Read more

Elder Financial Abuse: Too Often, It’s All in the Family

The problem of elder financial abuse has been widely reported – in fact, we’ve published several articles about this tragic topic right here on our AgingOptions blog.  Often the articles that warn about those who take advantage of seniors seem to concentrate on strangers – the scam artists on the phone or the bogus general … Read more

Heirs Wonder: “When My Parents Die in Debt, Am I On the Hook?”

The statistics are sobering: more and more seniors are entering retirement burdened with debt.  As a result, many of these aging Americans are literally dying broke, with little of their financial lives remaining but unpaid bills. That means a growing number of adult children are suddenly becoming heirs to an estate ladened with debt, and … Read more

Casey Kasem Wasn’t the Only Celebrity Lacking a Strong Estate Plan

Here on the AgingOptions blog we’ve frequently used the sad tale of pop music celebrity Casey Kasem as an example of a wealthy person whose poor estate planning triggered a pathetic end-of-life spectacle. (Click here to read our blog article, published a few years ago, that described the sad affair of Casey Kasem.) By failing … Read more

The 4 steps you need to take if you inherit a brokerage account

Brokerage accounts allow an individual investor to deposit funds and place investment orders through a licensed brokerage firm. Through a brokerage account, you can buy or sell stocks, bonds, mutual funds, etc. Brokerage firms must abide by strict legal guidelines governing access to account information. The result is that sometimes heirs can’t even see account … Read more

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