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How Living Expenses Change During Retirement
January 15, 2013

By:  Ian Filippini There are some upsides to being a retiree—senior discounts, lower taxes, subsidized healthcare and regular Social Security checks among them. On the other hand, mature Americans must contend with worrisome issues such as rising costs of medical care, long-term care, prescription drugs, and even basic necessities such…

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Estimate Your Retirement Benefits
January 15, 2013

How can I calculate my own retirement benefit estimates? We suggest you use the Retirement Estimator at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator. The Retirement Estimator produces estimates based on your actual Social Security earnings record, so it’s very accurate. Also, you can use it to test different retirement possibilities based on what age you…

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ESTATE PLANNING BASICS: PART V – WHY YOU DON’T NEED A TRUST
January 15, 2013

By:  Timothy Denker An old friend of mine called me up and wanted to discuss what he needed for an estate plan. He was single, and had a few things, but nothing significant. My friend had spoken with a couple other attorneys who were suggesting he create a pretty complex…

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ESTATE PLANNING BASICS: PART IV – THE POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR FINANCIAL MATTERS
January 15, 2013

By:  Timothy Denker A young woman in her 40s called me one day completely distraught. She was married with two adorable little girls, but her husband was hit by a drunk driver and had been in a coma for quite some time. Her income alone was unable to support her…

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