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  • Good Scores Open Doors

    Published Monday, April 7, 2014

    Why a high credit score is so important to maintain. For most Americans, using credit to pay for certain purchases is simply a way of life. Whether it’s a new home, a vehicle, or the latest 75” 3D LED HDTV, obtaining credit is typically part of the transaction. That is, of course, unless a negative credit report and a low credit score prove more»
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    Published Monday, April 7, 2014

    Why we need a high credit score Have credit, will buy ... has become our way of life. It has allowed us to make purchases that we might not otherwise be able to afford. It certainly has made it possible for us to attain items "now" rather than having to wait to make the purchases until we saved the needed funds. But the key to purchasing, using either more»
  • Smart Ways to Pay for College

    Published Thursday, March 13, 2014

    Saving for college is one of the three largest financial events most people will face in their lifetime. It ranks right up there with buying a home and putting money away for retirement. Just like any long-term financial strategy, the sooner a college savings plan is implemented, the easier it is to budget for contributions, and the longer the money will more»
  • A Road Map to Retirement Planning

    Published Thursday, February 13, 2014

    Whether retirement is right around the corner or many miles ahead, financial security should be waiting to greet you when you reach your destination. Preparing for a comfortable retirement isn’t an easy or familiar path for most people. It takes years of planning, working, saving and sacrificing. But if you truly want to enjoy all of the amenities more»
  • Top tips every taxpayer should know about identity theft

    Published Friday, January 31, 2014

    Identity theft starts when someone's personal information is stolen or lost. Identity thieves may then use a taxpayer's identity to fraudulently file a tax return and claim a refund. The legitimate taxpayer may be unaware that anything has happened until they file their return later in the filing season and discover two returns have been filed using the more»
  • New Year. New Budget

    Published Monday, January 20, 2014

    Another new year has arrived. As always, this is a time for reflection and a time to look ahead. Most important, though, it’s a time to create and commit to a personal budget that will lead you to a future of financial freedom. If you already have an established budget, this is the ideal time to reassess your spending and saving habits. Make sure you more»
  • It's A Family Feud!

    Published Wednesday, January 1, 2014

    “I am not leaving here without mom’s wedding ring!” and “He promised to give ME that” are battle cries as clear as any ever shouted in war. This is where the battle lines following mom’s or dad’s death are drawn. I’ve settled the affairs of over 2,500 decedents, and I’ve been involved in scores of more»
  • The Truth About Black Friday

    Published Monday, November 25, 2013

    Are you like me? Do you set a game plan, get up at 4:00AM, hit the ground running and come home with countless bags, ecstatic about all the money you’ve saved? Or are you like Michelle, who uses the day more as a reason to start (and maybe even finish) her shopping. Maybe you’re more like my neighbor, Christine, who stays home and looks up more»
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