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10:18 a.m. June 5, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My husband of 30 years hid income with his mother’s help. When confronted he said, ‘I’m a liar. I’ve been doing this for 10 years!’ ‘I want to protect the last of my inheritance and two money-market accounts currently in my name’‘I want to protect the last of my inheritance and two money-market accounts currently in my name.’
5:37 a.m. May 23, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My father left me his estate, and his adopted children nothing. I don’t want to lose them. What should I do? ‘The sum is rather large, and I’m going to be asked at some point how much I inherited. I’m concerned that they will be jealous and resentful’‘The sum is rather large, and I’m going to be asked at some point how much I inherited. I’m concerned that they will be jealous and resentful.’
7:03 a.m. May 20, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I’ve bitcoin and dogecoin FOMO! ‘I’m too old to sit and hope I can make up for the lost time by safely investing my little bit of money’ ‘I have a $3,000-a-month pension. I am living with my ill father, and I am currently not working and looking for a job. I am going to college using the GI Bill. I am almost 50, and have no 401(k)’‘I have a $3,000-a-month pension. I am living with my ill father, and I am currently not working and looking for a job. I am going to college using the GI Bill. I am almost 50, and have no 401(k).’
6:17 p.m. May 17, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
Infectious Diseases Society of America: ‘CDC recommendations should not send the message that the pandemic is over’ ‘Less than half of the U.S. population is fully immunized. Increased vaccinations will be necessary to control and finally end the pandemic’‘Less than half of the U.S. population is fully immunized. Increased vaccinations will be necessary to control and finally end the pandemic.’
8:41 a.m. May 16, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My ex-wife passed away. I’m the beneficiary on her life insurance. Her family wants me to pay her funeral expenses and won’t leave me alone ‘I blocked my ex-in-laws, and now I received a threatening voicemail from a blocked number, so I’ve taken it upon myself to notify the authorities’‘I blocked my ex-in-laws, and now I received a threatening voicemail from a blocked number, so I’ve taken it upon myself to notify the authorities.’
8:38 a.m. May 16, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My ex-husband has a life-insurance policy on me — and jokes he’ll be ‘Suspect No. 1’ if I die. Other than haunting him, what can I do? ‘The thought of him benefiting from my death infuriates me, especially because of how badly I was treated by him’‘The thought of him benefiting from my death infuriates me, especially because of how badly I was treated by him.’
8:33 a.m. May 16, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My friends raised $15,000 on GoFundMe while I was comatose after an accident. But I inherited $1 million, and my insurance covered the costs ‘I am afraid to even look at the total, and have not gone to the site. To make it worse, before this, I was lower middle class, and so are many of the friends who gave money’‘I am afraid to even look at the total, and have not gone to the site. To make it worse, before this, I was lower middle class, and so are many of the friends who gave money.’
7:48 a.m. May 15, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My friend of 30 years owes me $20K after living in my apartment rent-free. She texted to say she misses our friendship. What should I do now? ‘Her texts mentioned nothing about paying me back. I have already made peace with the lost money, and lost friendship’‘Her texts mentioned nothing about paying me back. I have already made peace with the lost money, and lost friendship.’
12:26 p.m. May 13, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I bought my parents’ house at below-market rate — my sister wants me to give her $50K to build my mother an annex. Is that fair? ‘My sister has a bunch of lumber sitting on her lawn, and no money to pay the contractor’‘My sister has a bunch of lumber sitting on her lawn, and no money to pay the contractor.’
5:07 p.m. May 10, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wife’s brother, 60, lives with his mom. He thinks the house belongs to him. What should happen after my mother-in-law dies? ‘Should they let him have the house or rent it? Should they make him pay for the house?’‘Should they let him have the house or rent it? Should they make him pay for the house?’
1:46 p.m. May 9, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My friend set up a GoFundMe to pay for her sick pet, instead of getting a refund on our vacation. I canceled the trip. Who’s right? ‘In my world, one should not resort to GoFundMe until they have exhausted all other reasonable options’‘I felt wrong going on a trip that had been funded indirectly by others. In my world, one should not resort to GoFundMe until they have exhausted all other reasonable options.’
5:53 p.m. May 2, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My son, a college student, received three stimulus checks. I’m a dad trying to teach ethical behavior. What should we do? ‘He has deposited them, but has not spent the money’‘He has deposited them, but has not spent the money.’
8:08 a.m. April 25, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
Despite falling jobless claims, America’s poverty rate just reached the highest level since the pandemic began ‘This disconnect between poverty and unemployment is not surprising’‘This disconnect between poverty and unemployment is not surprising.’
1:59 p.m. April 20, 2021 - By Andrew Keshner
Floyd family attorney Ben Crump says Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction is ‘painfully earned justice’ — here’s what gave him hope months earlier A jury found the former Minneapolis officer guilty on all three counts TuesdayA jury found the former Minneapolis officer guilty on all three counts Tuesday.
6:47 p.m. April 6, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wife’s father left her a home and money in a trust. This subsidizes our lifestyle. What happens to me if she dies? ‘I am concerned that if something happened, her sisters might try to claim it as family property and say I’m not entitled to it’‘I am concerned that if something happened, her sisters might try to claim it as family property and say I’m not entitled to it.’Ï
6:52 a.m. April 4, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I’m 68, earn $130,000 and love eco-travel in Peru, Brazil and Africa. I want to travel while I can, but I’m scared to stop working ‘I have a little over $300,000 in savings and $400,000 equity in my own home. I also have about $835,000 in a 401(k)’‘I have a little over $300,000 in savings and $400,000 equity in my own home. I also have about $835,000 in a 401(k).’
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.’
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.’
5:34 a.m. April 3, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘Frugality will continue to reign’: Eager to save hundreds of dollars, Americans flock to one type of product A new report from the Conference Board tracks three distinct trendsA new report from the Conference Board tracks three distinct trends.
2:29 p.m. March 29, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
Millions of Americans live paycheck to paycheck Roughly half of Americans say they have saved less than $500 in the past 3 monthsRoughly half of Americans say they have saved less than $500 in the past 3 months.
6:59 a.m. March 27, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My husband and his ex-wife agreed that he could claim their kids on his taxes, but now she’s ‘demanding’ half their stimulus ‘I believe she didn’t adjust her budget when the alimony ended, and now she is looking for ways to receive more money from him’‘I believe she didn’t adjust her budget when the alimony ended, and now she is looking for ways to receive more money from him.’
2:55 p.m. March 21, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘They lease cars they can’t afford’: Our best friends share our pandemic pod, but they’re reckless spenders. Should we speak up? ‘We’ve been honest sounding boards during money fights, and we’ve offered to take savings/debt classes, but old habits die hard’‘We’ve been honest sounding boards during money fights, and we’ve offered to take savings/debt classes, but old habits die hard.’
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.’
2:53 p.m. March 21, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My mother is recovering from alcoholism. My ‘narcissistic’ sisters took over her life and drained her bank account. What can I do? ‘In her late 60s, her years of alcohol abuse finally caught up with her when she developed Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome’‘In her late 60s, her years of alcohol abuse finally caught up with her when she developed Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.’
7:33 a.m. March 21, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I married ‘the life of the party’ — but he’s different at home. He takes his money woes out on me and calls me a ‘gold digger’ ‘He was a generous man and financially stable, or so I thought’‘He was a generous man and financially stable, or so I thought.’
11:48 a.m. March 17, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My father’s divorce decree says his kids will inherit his house — but he later put it in a trust for his third wife. Which one wins out? ‘My father says he feels very guilty about the entire situation.’‘My father says he feels very guilty about the entire situation.’
9:46 a.m. March 16, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘Change can happen without us noticing’: COVID brought us a year of epic uncertainty — but here’s what I know for sure ‘The isolation doesn’t seem quite so intense one year later. Perhaps we have normalized it, but we can be forgiven if our stoicism turns to fatigue’‘The isolation doesn’t seem quite so intense one year later. Perhaps we have normalized it, but we can be forgiven if our stoicism turns to fatigue.’
6:47 p.m. March 14, 2021 - By Janet Kersnar
As U.K. eases COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, Pandemic Year 2 provides equal helpings of anxiety and hope Camden, a North London hamlet home to both haves and have-nots, attempts to get back on its feet one year laterCamden, a North London hamlet home to both the haves and have-nots, attempts to get back on its feet one year later.
9:32 a.m. March 11, 2021 - By Paul Brandus
Another stimulus check — while welcome — won’t go far for cash-strapped seniors That money will go fastThat money will go fast
9:25 p.m. March 10, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My financially reckless friend lives in the family home. Can we prevent her sister from selling it after their mother dies? ‘I’m not certain Mary could even afford the taxes and upkeep on her mother’s house, even if she remained there’‘I’m not certain Mary could even afford the taxes and upkeep on her mother’s house, even if she remained there.’
6:13 a.m. March 8, 2021 - By Ann Senne
As women gain power, interest in ESG investing grows Women and their wealth trajectory are also a key factor, research showsWomen and their wealth trajectory are also a key factor, research shows
10:05 a.m. March 5, 2021 - By Ann Senne
Women could pave the way for ESG investing in the U.S. The events of 2020 have contributed to the uptick in interest in ESGThe events of 2020 have contributed to the uptick in interest in ESG
5:27 p.m. Feb. 27, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘She is a financial idiot and partier’: I loaned my sister $4,780 for a lawyer during her divorce. I am still chasing repayments ‘She earns $90,000 to $95,000 a year, but this year’s excuse is that she is in arrears for child-support payments’‘She earns $90,000 to $95,000 a year, but this year’s excuse is that she is in arrears for child-support payments.’
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!’
5:03 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?’
6:21 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.’
9:47 a.m. Feb. 12, 2021 - By Paul A. Merriman
Want to retire rich? Have a small wedding and invest the rest It’s a gift worth millionsIt’s a gift worth millions.
7:18 a.m. Feb. 11, 2021 - By Paul Brandus
Older workers, especially minorities, are being pummeled by the downturn ‘It’s really the end of the line’ for many older workers, study says‘It’s really the end of the line’ for many older workers, study says
7:09 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.’
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