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Most US Workers Say They Will File for Social Security Early

To secure the maximum amount in monthly Social Security retirement benefits, Americans must wait until full retirement age to start receiving their payouts. Results from a 2023 survey show that most of today's workers know about this stipulation - and yet the vast majority say they’re willing to file for their Social Security benefits early anyway.

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How to Tell If Your Spouse Is Planning a Divorce

Your spouse might be laying the groundwork for divorce by displaying certain behaviors and actions. It’s important to remember that each person and every relationship is unique, and there could be other reasons for changes in behavior. However, if you…

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Divorce and Decision Making

Divorce is a major life change that can significantly impact your decision-making abilities. The emotional turmoil of divorce can cloud your judgment leading to impulsive decisions that may harm your best outcome. Before discussing divorce with your spouse, consider the…

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Intentionally Defective Grantor Trusts

An estate plan's goal is to find strategies that combine asset preservation, tax advantages, and flexibility. One such strategy is to create an intentionally defective grantor trust (IDGT). Despite its seemingly contradictory name, an IDGT can be a valuable tool…

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At Fault and No-Fault Divorce

The difference between an at-fault and no-fault divorce proceeding can be substantial. In a no-fault divorce, neither spouse have a requirement to prove that the other spouse did something wrong to justify ending the marriage. In contrast, at-fault divorce proceedings…

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Probate Litigation: An Overview

Litigation resulting from probate is a dispute arising during the process of administering a deceased person's estate. When someone passes away, their assets and debts must be settled and distributed according to their valid will or the applicable state laws…

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