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Wills and estate planning

No matter how old you are, creating a will and estate planning are an important part of your financial picture. Use the content in this section to help you get started.
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Medical power of attorney

There might come a time when you need someone to carry out your healthcare wishes on your behalf. Having your preferences and plans documented can alleviate some of the burden.

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Estate planning basics

Estate planning isn’t just about “maximizing the tax-free transfer of wealth,” it’s about protecting your family and the future you hope to help them build.

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What to do when a parent dies and you are the executor

The days, weeks, months and even years after the death of a parent can be challenging, especially if your parent passed suddenly and you didn't have much time to prepare.

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What to do after a loved one dies

Whether it's a spouse or parent, there is no easy way to handle the passing of a loved one.

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What is a life insurance trust or ILIT trust?

Life insurance is one of the most important long-term financial planning tools you can consider.

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Social Security widows benefits

Social Security can be a significant source of retirement income for many Americans and is calculated from what they earn when they are still working.

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How to notify the Social Security Administration of a death

Upon the death of a loved one, there's always a lot on your mind. Unfortunately, part of that process involves technicalities that go beyond grieving and focus on paperwork.

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