Probate court cases rise as people die from COVID without wills

Oct 12, 2021
In Texas, probate court judges say they are trying to manage a huge increase in cases, with families left to sort out a loved one's affairs.
Graciela Correa Morales died of COVID-19 at 72. She hadn't drawn up a will before her death, so her family is trying to figure out what to do with her belongings and assets.
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Don't have a will? You're not alone.

Aug 23, 2018
More than half of Americans don't have a will. We help you get started.
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The importance of living wills for singles

Nov 13, 2012
The passing of a loved one creates obvious emotional crisis for a family. But it can also fuel a financial crisis -- especially if there's no will.
The passing of a loved one creates obvious emotional crisis for a family. But it can also fuel a financial crisis -- especially if there's no will.
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Scant detail in big banks' 'living wills'

Jul 4, 2012
The nine biggest banks in the U.S. have submitted plans for how to avoid a taxpayer bailout if they become insolvent. But will these plans work?

Planning for the end of life

Jun 5, 2012
I am a 52-year-old single woman with no children. I have three older siblings and several nieces and nephews, although we are not particularly close (not estranged, just not close). This summer, my goal is to put in place basic end-of-life preparations like a will and a burial plan -- possibly long-term-care insurance as well. I learned from my parents' aging and deaths how much help the elderly can need, and how much stress and anxiety that can cause for those who love them. Can you give me some direction before I head to a lawyer? Julia, Omaha, NE

How military spouses hold down the home front

May 25, 2012
Military families have some unique financial challenges compared to civilians. But citizens can learn a thing or two from the foresight these families apply to their finances.
Family members and U.S. soldiers embrace following a welcome home ceremony for troops returning from Iraq.
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Will Writing 101

Apr 6, 2012
I recall hearing about an intro book to wills and estate planning on one of the podcasts. Can you let me know the title or refer me to a good introductory book? I'm looking to put a will together soon for my new family. Thanks, Stacy, Norwalk, CT

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Thinking about a living trust

Apr 5, 2012
There are many DIY software programs for setting up living trusts. Do you recommend going that route vs. utilizing an estate planning lawyer who'll charge full-fee? What is a reasonable fee range for a certified estate planning lawyer to set up a living trust? I am married with three kids. We own a single family home and one rental property. We do not own a business. My wife and I have checking, IRA, Roth IRA and 529 accounts. Thanks, Derek, Stockton, CA

Getting Personal: Trashing your old tax documents

Mar 9, 2012
Host Sarah Gardner and MSN's Liz Weston answers your personal finance conundrums.

Putting your mind to it: The willpower instinct

Feb 23, 2012
Whether you want to lose weight or save money, you're gonna need the secret ingredient: willpower. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal discusses the art and science of self control.
Putting our minds to what shapes our decisions is one way to get control of personal finances.
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