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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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Wills and estate planning

Should I have a will?

Without a will, disbursement of your estate will be administered by a designated state court according to those laws rather than your wishes.

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How to cope with death

The death of a friend or family member can be so overwhelming for those left behind that it can have a long-term impact on their physical, emotional and mental health.

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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 you need to know about writing your own will

If you have limited assets, only one or two beneficiaries and no major tax issues, you may want to write your own will. If you are considering it, here are some tips.

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What is long-term care and should I consider long-term care insurance?

Assisted living. Retirement homes. Home health care. These topics can be difficult to discuss. But planning now with long-term care insurance is something to consider.

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Understanding beneficiary options in a life insurance policy

This article covers common beneficiary options for life insurance benefits, including how many beneficiaries you can name, different levels of beneficiaries and the importance of being specific.

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Inheritance tax vs estate tax

Even after we're gone, our loved ones may have to pay taxes on the hard-earned money we left them. Or do they? Learn about inheritance and estate taxes.

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