Author: lewis-knopf

Beware Holiday Scams

Unfortunately, the holidays are a popular time of year for scams. More people are making purchases, traveling, donating to charities, and engaging in other activities that thieves and hackers can take advantage of to make money. We’re also busy and distracted and not necessarily paying close attention to what we’re doing. Before you give out […]

7 Tips to Help You Avoid Overspending for the Holidays

The holidays can cause even the most frugal people to blow their budget. Between gifts, decorations, food, entertainment, travel, and other costs, it is very difficult to avoid overspending for the holidays. However, the last thing you want to do is start next year with substantial bills that you may have trouble paying off. While […]

How Caregivers Can Take Better Care of Themselves

Being a caregiver can take a tremendous toll on a person’s physical, mental, and emotional health. Caregivers can be so busy helping a loved one while also managing their own personal and work life, that they don’t have time to take care of themselves. This can leave them vulnerable to health issues. If you’re a caregiver, it’s crucial to make time for self-care for your sake and your loved ones.

Who Will Handle Your Finances If You Become Incapacitated or Seriously Ill?

Planning for incapacity or serious illness can be just as difficult as planning for death. Who wants to think of themselves as being sick and unable to handle paying bills or managing their money? This doesn’t just include lying on your deathbed in the hospital. It encompasses a wide array of situations that may temporarily […]

5 Financial Strategies to Help You Survive a Gray Divorce

According to several studies, currently, more than a third of all U.S. divorces are “gray divorces” – that is, involve couples who divorce after the age of 50. The financial impact of such divorces is significant, particularly for older women who can see their standard of living decline by 45% compared to 21% for men. […]

What’s Your Plan for Aging?

Aging is inevitable, but if you are like most people, you probably haven’t planned for it as well as you could. Sure, you may worry about whether you’ll have enough money to last for the rest of your life but have you really analyzed your finances in depth? Do you have essential legal documents to […]

Coping with Early-Stage Dementia

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and its goal is to educate people about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and the care that individuals with the disease require. As we age, we’re more likely to know someone dealing with dementia personally or within their families. My wife’s father had Alzheimer’s and a young friend […]

8 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Finances

Spring is in the air and it’s time to clean up the house but don’t forget to clean up your finances while you are at it. You probably reviewed your finances over the last few months to prepare your tax return. Now, it’s time to get organized, purge documents, review your budget, and take on […]

Smaller than Expected Tax Refund? Three Things You Should Consider

Did you do your tax return and discover that your refund won’t be as large as you thought? Finding out that you won’t get the money you counted on can be very upsetting. Many people use their tax refunds to pay for large annual expenses like property taxes or insurance or to put away for […]

How to Cope with Cleaning Out Your Loved One’s Closet

One of the many tasks that have to be taken care of when a loved one dies is to go through his or her possessions and decide what to do with them. This can be very emotional especially when you don’t have much time to get it done because the home needs to be vacated […]

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