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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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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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Wills and estate planning

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 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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How to build an "in case of death binder"

Death isn't a topic most people want to spend their free time thinking about. However, planning can help you do everything you can to ensure your loved ones are not left scrambling after you pass away.

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3 common considerations for funeral planning

A funeral planning checklist can help decrease the burden on those left behind.

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