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We put our spendthrift neighbors in touch with our financial adviser. They called her ‘lousy.’ So how come WE are the ones who retired early? ‘Warren Buffett and Harry Potter couldn’t get those two retired early’‘Warren Buffett and Harry Potter couldn’t get those two retired early.’
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6:50 p.m. Feb. 23, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My fiancé wants me off the deed and mortgage to our new home. If I don’t agree, he says we’ll stay engaged forever ‘The house is appreciating daily due to its location, and he wants his children to inherit it. He wants me to pay rent, which essentially leaves nothing for my children’‘The house is appreciating daily due to its location, and he wants his children to inherit it. He wants me to pay rent, which essentially leaves nothing for my children.’
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8:08 a.m. Feb. 22, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My father is trustee of my late mother’s estate. He is marrying again, and won’t distribute our inheritance ‘He and his new wife have already traveled to France together, and apparently intend to live it up on his personal trust and their combined income’‘He and his new wife have already traveled to France together, and apparently intend to live it up on his personal trust and their combined income.’
8:08 a.m. Feb. 22, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wife and I are in our 60s. Should we skip our undeserving children and leave everything to our grandkids instead? ‘We don’t want the middle generation to gain from our estate while cheating our grandkids out of their rightful inheritance’‘We don’t want the middle generation to gain from our estate while cheating our grandkids out of their rightful inheritance.’
4:04 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.’
4:03 p.m. Feb. 20, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I pay my boyfriend rent and help run his property business. He takes my commissions and won’t discuss marriage. What can I do? ‘Six months ago, I became very frustrated and made a few spreadsheets: one documenting the rent I have paid over the last 10 years, one for all of the unpaid labor’‘Six months ago, I became very frustrated and made a few spreadsheets: one documenting the rent I have paid over the last 10 years, one for all of the unpaid labor.’
10:32 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.’
5:00 a.m. Feb. 20, 2021 - By Paul Brandus
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9:15 a.m. Feb. 19, 2021 - By Mark Hulbert
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4:38 a.m. Feb. 18, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My boyfriend, who’s 9 years younger, says he won’t move out of my house if I die before him. My adult children are not amused ‘He has done extensive repairs and upgrades to the home over the last 3 years — he performed all the labor himself while I purchased all materials’‘He has done extensive repairs and upgrades to the home over the last 3 years — he performed all the labor himself while I purchased all materials.’
8:05 a.m. Feb. 17, 2021 - By Kerry Hannon
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My ex-boyfriend and I contributed to our household based on our salaries. I’m now owed $23,000 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.’
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These retirees left their pricey life in Santa Cruz, Calif. — and now live on a lake in Mexico on $1,750 a month Want to retire early? This FIRE couple — they retired at 38 in 1991 — share their secretsWant to retire early? This FIRE couple — they retired at 38 in 1991 — share their secrets
8:34 a.m. Feb. 14, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My sister put our mother in a nursing home, where she died of COVID-19. Should I take legal action against her or the care facility? My sister put our mother in a nursing home, where she died of COVID-19. Should I take legal action against her or the nursing home?My sister put our mother in a nursing home, where she died of COVID-19. Should I take legal action against her or the nursing home?
5:21 p.m. Feb. 12, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I am my elderly husband’s caretaker, driver, butler and whipping post. He promised to leave his grandson his home — is that fair to me? ‘I took a vow for better or worse, but I am sure wife No. 1 got the better deal’‘I took a vow for better or worse, but I am sure wife No. 1 got the better deal.’
9:10 a.m. Feb. 12, 2021 - By Howard Gold
Here’s how to set up a do-it-yourself estate plan Beneficiary designations can help you leave your money in most efficient wayBeneficiary designations can help you leave your money in most efficient way
8:51 a.m. Feb. 12, 2021 - By rbisdale
What are the most unusual items you can write off on your 2020 taxes?MarketWatch's Quentin Fottrell fields live audience questions about insurance, taxes and estate planning to MarketWatch's Alessandra Malito, Andrew Keshner, and Beverly Goodman
4:59 a.m. Feb. 11, 2021 - By Robert Powell
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6:09 a.m. Feb. 8, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My ex-husband put his wife on his life-insurance before he died, going against our divorce. Now she’s battling me in court ‘My ex’s lawyer refused to provide copies of the policy that their lawyer sanctioned, and still has not followed multiple judicial rulings’‘My ex’s lawyer refused to provide copies of the policy that their lawyer sanctioned, and still has not followed multiple judicial rulings.’
6:08 a.m. Feb. 8, 2021 - By Jacob Passy
Jeff Bezos built Amazon into a monolith — but did it hurt American workers? Research has found that Amazon warehouses don’t boost local employment where they open Research has found that Amazon warehouses don’t boost local employment where they openResearch has found that Amazon warehouses don’t boost local employment where they open.
9:12 a.m. Feb. 7, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘I have been plagued by enormous guilt and regret:’ I tried to care for my late father, but I gave up. How can I ever forgive myself? ‘He was a good father, except everything had to be his way. But I know I was a cruel and horrible son’‘He was a good father, except everything had to be his way. But I know I was a cruel and horrible son.’
9:00 a.m. Feb. 5, 2021 - By Alessandra Malito
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5:57 a.m. Feb. 3, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
When my parents died, my sisters and I split their estate. I chose a painting that may be worth $50,000. Should I tell them? ‘The process of dividing their estate was done equitably, and without stress or rancor. Until now’‘The process of dividing their estate was done equitably, and without stress or rancor. Until now.’
11:56 a.m. Feb. 1, 2021 - By Meera Jagannathan
New research says raising minimum wage has few negative effects on jobs — even during recessions, and students and former students face a $15 billion debt crisis Monday’s top personal finance stories Monday’s top personal finance storiesMonday’s top personal finance stories
1:11 p.m. Jan. 30, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My husband, 67, wants to leave his $2 million estate and home to his disabled daughter and his sister’s kids. Can he do that? I could outlive them ‘It just seems a little harsh that I can only have the house to live in and not sell it, if I need the money for future medical expenses. He’s very controlling of his money’‘It just seems a little harsh that I can only have the house to live in and not sell, if I need the money for future medical expenses. He’s very controlling of his money.’
8:03 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.’
7:59 a.m. Jan. 30, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘I’m tired of being the only one with moral values’: My mother put me on the deed of her home. Now my brother wants half Before our mother passed away, she quitclaimed the deed of the home to me, and she also added me on to all of her bank accounts. My brother was there and he said nothingBefore our mother passed away, she quitclaimed the deed of the home to me, and she also added me on to all of her bank accounts. My brother was there and he said nothing.
9:00 a.m. Jan. 29, 2021 - By Alessandra Malito
News and analysis for those planning for or living in retirement Retirement news and analysisRetirement news and analysis
6:00 a.m. Jan. 29, 2021 - By Harriet Edleson
Will Social Security still be there if I wait to claim it? Concerns about the solvency of Social Security have some wondering if they should take it soonerConcerns about the solvency of Social Security have some wondering if they should take it sooner
7:15 a.m. Jan. 24, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wife found a half brother through Ancestry.com. Are we morally or ethically obligated to share her father’s estate? ‘The whole family seemed genuinely excited to finally find information on his biological father, after years of searching with no real leads’‘The whole family seemed genuinely excited to finally find information on his biological father, after years of searching with no real leads.’
6:22 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.’
9:10 a.m. Jan. 22, 2021 - By Morey Stettner
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12:39 p.m. Jan. 21, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I want to propose to my girlfriend — but how do I divide my estate between her and my daughter from a previous marriage? This letter writer asks: ‘Is it wrong to leave funds passed down from generation to generation solely for my daughter, and leave other funds to my new wife?’This letter writer asks: ‘Is it wrong to leave funds passed down from generation to generation solely for my daughter, and leave other funds to my new wife?’
8:02 a.m. Jan. 21, 2021 - By Alicia H. Munnell
Eliminating Social Security provisions that reduce benefits for some state and local workers is not the way to help retirees All state and local workers should be covered by Social SecurityAll state and local workers should be covered by Social Security
5:27 a.m. Jan. 21, 2021 - By Alicia H. Munnell
How to get steady income for life A ‘Social Security bridge’ may be the best option for generating lifetime income from 401(k) plans A ‘Social Security bridge’ may be the best option for generating lifetime income from 401(k) plans
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