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Five Mistakes to Avoid During Health Insurance Open Enrollment

It’s that time of year again: the crackle of dried leaves underfoot, a crisp bite in the air, and pumpkin spice everything on menus. That’s right: it’s open enrollment season for health insurance. If that last line made the happy images of autu… Read More
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Categories: Finances

Prepaid Tuition or 529 College Savings Plan: Which is Best?

In the late 1970s, a student at a private college paid the modern equivalent of $17,680 per year to attend a private college. If that student went to a public college, total costs were just $8,250 per year. Fast forward 30 years, and those costs had… Read More
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Not All Probate is Created Equal

In general, when someone in Michigan dies owning property in their sole name (rather than jointly with someone else, or in a trust), that property must go through probate. Although the probate process is not as burdensome as many people believe, it c… Read More
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Is Long-Term Care Insurance Still a Good Idea?

Financial advisors have long advised their clients to consider long-term care insurance. It’s been a solid recommendation. Nursing home care has always been expensive, and in recent years, the cost has become astronomical: annual costs of $100,000… Read More
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Five Travel Tips After COVID

Most of us had plans to travel somewhere more exciting in 2020 than the path between the couch and the kitchen. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has scuttled countless plans for ocean cruises, bus tours and flights to exotic locales. To make matters worse, af… Read More
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Categories: Elder Law

What Will Life Look Like for Seniors After COVID-19?

For much of 2020, life hasn’t looked anything like what we consider “normal.” Things we used to do without a second thought—shaking a new acquaintance’s hand, going to crowded restaurants and theatres, even using public restrooms—are now… Read More
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Categories: Elder Law

Getting Out of Your Timeshare (the Right Way)

That resort where you bought a timeshare seemed like a great idea at the time. A beautiful vacation home with great amenities, available just when you need it, with no worries about maintaining it or renting it out the rest of the year. If your resor… Read More
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Categories: Finances

Three Ways to Tap Into Retirement Savings Early During a Financial Crisis

The COVID-19 Pandemic has wrought havoc on more than just the nation’s health. It has affected people’s finances as well. Congress anticipated this, and in March 2020, passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Among t… Read More
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Categories: Finances

Expecting (and Planning for) Financial Setbacks After Retirement

They call them “the golden years.” You have retired after decades of hard work, with a nest egg you’ve carefully built up during that time. The years after retirement are meant to be enjoyed in peace and security: traveling, enjoying grandchild… Read More
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Categories: Finances

Know Your Options Under Michigan’s New No-Fault Auto Insurance Law

On July 1, 2020, new no-fault auto insurance law takes effect in Michigan. While we don’t typically write about auto insurance in this space, we do frequently write about news that may have an impact on our readers’ finances—and the new Michiga… Read More
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Categories: Finances

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