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9:48 a.m. Today - By Quentin Fottrell
My parents made my sister executor of their $4 million estate, and joint owner of their bank accounts. Should I be worried? ‘We have five other siblings who are currently unaware of this arrangement’‘We have five other siblings who are currently unaware of this arrangement.’
9:32 a.m. Today - By Quentin Fottrell
My husband signed for a car for a friend — against my wishes. Now we get notices for unpaid tolls and parking tickets. What if there’s an accident? ‘Every time another ‘past due’ envelope arrives I panic at the thought of the savings I worked so hard to put away might be gone in one accident’‘Every time another ‘past due’ envelope arrives I panic at the thought of the savings I worked so hard to put away might be gone in one accident.’
6:22 a.m. April 11, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I’m a farmer in my late 30s and live a frugal lifestyle. My son has a disability. Should I pay extra on my mortgage — or save for retirement? ‘He has a disability that will likely mean he will be living with us for our entire lives’‘He has a disability that will likely mean he will be living with us for our entire lives.’
7:02 a.m. April 4, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My mother visited my sister, who didn’t give her breakfast or lunch. She makes $150K. Should I tell her to feed her guests? ‘Side note: I think our success bugs them as she points out that our real-estate investments are doing so well. I’ve offered to go in with them on a real-estate deal and the answer is always no’‘Side note: I think our success bugs them as he points out that our real-estate investments are doing so well. I’ve offered to go in with them on a real-estate deal and the answer is always no.’
6:44 a.m. April 4, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘I cut his hair because he won’t pay for a haircut’: My multimillionaire husband is 90. I’ve looked after him for 41 years, but he won’t help my son ‘I bet that you have never heard from anyone who has too much money’‘I bet that you have never heard from anyone who has too much money.’
11:12 a.m. April 3, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My stepmother got nothing when my father died, per their prenup. She asked me to buy her a home. What should I do? ‘What would be some ways I could help her financially or otherwise without giving her a house?’‘What would be some ways I could help her financially or otherwise without giving her a house?’
9:50 a.m. April 3, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My parents want to use $300,000 in retirement savings to pay off $160,000 left on their home. Is that a good idea? ‘I would like to be able to help them financially and be their safety net, but my means are limited’‘I would like to be able to help them financially and be their safety net, but my means are limited.’
8:59 a.m. April 3, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘I want to hurt him the same way he hurt me’: My husband sprung a prenup on me days before our wedding. He kept all copies ‘For two years, I asked for a copy and he couldn’t find it. When I finally had enough, I found it in his office and made myself a copy’‘For two years, I asked for a copy and he couldn’t find it. When I finally had enough, I found it in his office and made myself a copy.’
2:54 p.m. March 21, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘My husband told me that my $1,400 stimulus check will be spent on aluminum siding on our home.’ How can I reclaim what’s mine? ‘As soon as I heard the stimulus bill passed, I got a sick sense of dread in my stomach’‘As soon as I heard the stimulus bill passed, I got a sick sense of dread in my stomach.’
2:50 p.m. March 21, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My ex-boyfriend and I contributed to our household based on our salaries. I’m now owed $23K in back pay. Do I pay him back? ‘He and I don’t really talk anymore, but we ended on relatively good terms, and I want to do the right thing’‘He and I don’t really talk anymore, but we ended on relatively good terms, and I want to do the right thing.’
2:28 p.m. March 20, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘I have tried to be kind’: I gave my ex half of the first two stimulus checks for our child. He still calls me a ‘monster.’ What do I do with the third? ‘I am bugged by him paying nothing while also going on trips and buying vehicles when he gets extra money, instead of paying anything to me for our child. Maybe I am being petty’‘I am bugged by him paying nothing while also going on trips and buying vehicles when he gets extra money, instead of paying anything to me for our child. Maybe I am being petty.’
12:17 p.m. March 20, 2021 - By Alessandra Malito
I’m 52, won’t live past 80 and have $1.6 million. ‘I am tired of both the rat race and workplace politics.’ Should I retire? Have a question about retirement, including where to retire? Email HelpMeRetire@marketwatch.com Have a question about retirement, including where to retire? Email HelpMeRetire@marketwatch.com
4:46 p.m. Feb. 21, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My daughter-in-law will only have a second child by surrogacy — and wants to use $200K of my son’s inheritance to pay for it ‘He has already dipped into capital by covering his wife’s $250,000 in college and credit-card debt before they were even married — a pretty heroic rescue!’‘He has already dipped into capital by covering his wife’s $250,000 in college and credit-card debt before they were even married — a pretty heroic rescue!’
5:04 p.m. Feb. 20, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wealthy fiancée wants me to accept ‘standard-of-living’ costs should we divorce. I’m a proud veteran and won’t accept more than $50,000. Who’s right? ‘I have worked very hard for everything I have. I take pride in the fact that I’ve overcome a lot of adversity to be where I am now, and I’m happy with my finances’‘I have worked very hard for everything I have. I take pride in the fact that I’ve overcome a lot of adversity to be where I am now, and I’m happy with my finances.’
5:03 p.m. Feb. 20, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘My husband burned through all of our finances. If we divorce, I don’t want him to get one penny.’ How can I protect myself? ‘Is there a way I could put that money in a trust or someplace where my husband would not be able to access in the event we actually file for divorce?’‘Is there a way I could put that money in a trust or someplace where my husband would not be able to access in the event we actually file for divorce?’
12:35 p.m. Feb. 20, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
Our housekeeper does not work when we’re at home due to COVID-19. We still pay her. Could we treat those payments as a ‘gift’ to reduce her income tax? ‘Understanding that times are tough, we have continued to send her payment for the weeks where we asked her to stay home’‘Understanding that times are tough, we have continued to send her payment for the weeks where we asked her to stay home.’
11:32 a.m. Feb. 20, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
We were friendly with our neighbors for decades, until recently. One day, they introduced us to their financial adviser… ‘We dug trenches, poured concrete foundations, and worked to build our house; they hired contractors. They traded in cars frequently; we ran ours into the ground’‘We dug trenches, poured concrete foundations, and worked to build our house; they hired contractors. They traded in cars frequently; we ran ours into the ground.’
10:00 a.m. Feb. 19, 2021 - By Alessandra Malito
News and analysis for those planning for or living in retirement Retirement news and analysis Retirement news and analysis
10:45 a.m. Feb. 6, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My spendthrift fiancée, 30, refused to sign a prenup. Would it be wrong to secretly put my assets in a trust? This man writes, ‘I love her dearly, but I am really concerned’This man writes, ‘I love her dearly, but I am really concerned.’
10:00 a.m. Feb. 5, 2021 - By Alessandra Malito
News and analysis for those planning for or living in retirement Retirement news and analysisRetirement news and analysis
10:02 a.m. Jan. 31, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My sister is a single mother and thinks ‘squatter rights’ is the way to secure housing in the pandemic. What can I do? ‘She has been better with her money the last three months, but she has been very irresponsible in her spending the last few years — paying for breast implants, for example’‘She has been better with her money the last three months, but she has been very irresponsible in her spending the last few years — paying for breast implants, for example.’
9:03 a.m. Jan. 30, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘This is sheer economic waste. We distributed our $1,200 stimulus to our church:’ Why did we get these checks instead of poor Americans? ‘We do not light our fireplace with $100 bills, but we are comfortable’‘We do not light our fireplace with $100 bills, but we are comfortable.’
11:48 a.m. Jan. 28, 2021 - By Krystal Barker Buissereth
5 ways to make this year better than last year Make 2021 your year of wellness—including financial wellnessMake 2021 your year of wellness—including financial wellness
7:22 a.m. Jan. 23, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wife has a degenerative neurological disease. My father-in-law wants to put her in a facility — and take over our finances ‘My father-in-law now seems obsessed with moving my wife out of our home to some sort of group home/facility. The mere thought of this seems abhorrent and barbaric’‘My father-in-law now seems obsessed with moving my wife out of our home to some sort of group home/facility. The mere thought of this seems abhorrent and barbaric.’
10:00 a.m. Jan. 22, 2021 - By Alessandra Malito
News and analysis for those planning for or living in retirement Retirement news and analysisRetirement news and analysis
10:12 a.m. Jan. 19, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I took care of my late mother for 8 years. Am I obliged to tell my sisters she made me co-owner of a substantial bank account? This daughter writes: ‘My conscience is getting the better of me, and I would like to be transparent about being the joint owner of this savings account’This daughter writes: ‘My conscience is getting the better of me, and I would like to be transparent about being the joint owner of this savings account.’
10:00 a.m. Jan. 15, 2021 - By Alessandra Malito
News and analysis for those planning for or living in retirement Retirement news and analysisRetirement news and analysis
8:29 a.m. Jan. 15, 2021 - By Andrew Keshner
Millions of Americans are in ‘survival mode’ — beware, decisions made in this frame of mind can make or break you ‘Unfortunately, our ability to see the big picture is severely limited when we’re in fight-or-flight mode’‘Unfortunately, our ability to see the big picture is severely limited when we’re in fight-or-flight mode.’
10:31 a.m. Jan. 12, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My mother’s husband died. Her savings are dwindling, yet she pays my sister’s bills. Should I intervene? ‘I’ve been able to reduce her bills by canceling things she doesn’t use, and negotiating for discounts for her cellphone and TV’‘I’ve been able to reduce her bills by canceling things she doesn’t use, and negotiating for discounts for her cellphone and TV.’
10:00 a.m. Jan. 8, 2021 - By Alessandra Malito
News and analysis for those planning for or living in retirement Retirement news and analysisRetirement news and analysis
9:05 p.m. Jan. 4, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My mother gave me a substantial financial gift. I gave it back. My soon-to-be ex-husband says half belongs to him ‘My husband persuaded me to add his name to the account with the money from my mother’‘My husband persuaded me to add his name to the account with the money from my mother.’
7:17 a.m. Jan. 2, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My brother-in-law smokes weed, drinks booze and plays video games. My in-laws pay his mortgage. What happens after they’re gone? ‘Neither I nor my wife want him to be homeless, but I worry that I will be responsible for taking care of my brother-in-law’‘Neither I nor my wife want him to be homeless, but I worry that I will be responsible for taking care of my brother-in-law.’
6:51 a.m. Dec. 27, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
My aunt stole my mother’s Social Security, and persuaded my elderly father to sign over power of attorney ‘My father was recently very sick and in the hospital, and he was not in his right mind’‘My father was recently very sick and in the hospital, and he was not in his right mind.’
10:00 a.m. Dec. 25, 2020 - By Alessandra Malito
News and analysis for those planning for or living in retirement Retirement news and analysisRetirement news and analysis
1:04 p.m. Dec. 18, 2020 - By Claudia Assis
CEO charged in alleged COVID-19 fraud schemeThe Justice Department said late Friday that a federal grand jury has indicted a California chief executive for allegedly concocting a scheme to defraud investors with false claims about a COVID-19 test. That led to millions of dollars in investors losses, the DOJ said. Keith Berman, 67, the CEO of Decision Diagnostics Inc. , was charged with one count of securities fraud and one count of making false statements, the DOJ said. The indictment alleges that, from February through December 2020, Berman falsely claimed Decision Diagnostics had developed a 15-second test to detect COVID-19 using a finger prick's worth of blood. Berman allegedly knew the test was "merely an idea and not a validated method of accurately detecting COVID-19, much less an actual product ready for manufacture and sale," the DOJ said. According to the indictment, Berman wanted to shore up his company's finances and falsely told investors that the Food and Drug Administration was on the verge of approving the company's request for emergency use for the test. Decision Diagnostics
7:47 a.m. Dec. 18, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wife and I missed mortgage payments because of unpaid debts, yet she shops and hides her finances. What do I do? ‘On a few occasions, I have suggested selling the house or considering bankruptcy to restructure our debts, but she is unwilling to consider either’‘On a few occasions, I have suggested selling the house or considering bankruptcy to restructure our debts, but she is unwilling to consider either.’
1:12 a.m. Dec. 4, 2020 - By Andrew Keshner
From jobs to child care: How this second surge in COVID-19 can damage your finances — as well as your health More people were having trouble getting enough food on the table in early November compared to five weeks earlierMore people were having trouble getting enough food on the table in early November compared to five weeks earlier.
1:52 p.m. Dec. 2, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wife wants to pay for her sister’s $25K wedding. My future brother-in-law is blue collar — and earns more money than me ‘Five years ago, she and her sister inherited a substantial amount of money, split equally between them. Think low six figures’‘Five years ago, she and her sister inherited a substantial amount of money, split equally between them. Think low six figures.’
3:29 a.m. Nov. 29, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
My father wants to deed his kids his home before Prop 19 takes effect. I suggested a life estate instead — he said I’m ungrateful ‘California passed Proposition 19, which will in part require that inherited homes that are not used as principal residences, such as second homes or rentals, be reassessed at market value when transferred’‘California passed Proposition 19, which will in part require that inherited homes that are not used as principal residences, such as second homes or rentals, be reassessed at market value when transferred.'
10:15 a.m. Nov. 20, 2020 - By Mark Hulbert
COVID-19’s unspoken impact on retirement finances The complex ways in which mortality rates affect retirement plan solvencyThe complex ways in which mortality rates affect retirement plan solvency
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