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What Happens If You Die Without a Will

What Happens If You Die Without a Will

by Cynthia Paez Bowman
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Updated on October 18, 2021
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4 Min Read
Dying without a will complicates what your loved ones receive. The process can be drawn out. Here’s what happens if you die without a will and how to avoid it.
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What Is a Soft Credit Check?

by Jason Steele
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Updated on October 12, 2021
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5 Min Read
A soft credit check is an inquiry used to check credit for pre-approval or informational purposes. Unlike hard credit checks, soft credit checks do not affect credit scores.
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What Is a Certified Check?

by Elizabeth Rivelli
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Updated on October 10, 2021
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3 Min Read
Certified checks are often used to make large purchases. Learn how certified checks work, how much they cost, and how you can prevent check fraud.
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Does Debt Consolidation Hurt Your Credit Score?

by Jason Steele
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Updated on September 23, 2021
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5 Min Read
Successful debt consolidation will help your credit by allowing you to reduce or eliminate your debt sooner, while paying less in interest charges.
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What Is a Hard Inquiry?

by Jason Steele
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Updated on October 12, 2021
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4 Min Read
A hard inquiry is the result of an application for new credit, and is unlikely to significantly hurt your credit score.
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Types Of Savings Accounts

by Roger Wohlner
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Updated on September 29, 2021
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8 Min Read
Savings accounts can be a great vehicle for cash that you don't want to take a risk with or that is otherwise on the sidelines. There is a wide range of savings accounts from which to choose, so do your homework up front.
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Cashier's Check vs. Money Order

by Catherine Hiles
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Updated on September 14, 2021
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4 Min Read
Money orders and cashier’s checks are both forms of certified funds, but they have several differences you need to know to decide which is best for you.
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What is a Money Market Account?

by Catherine Hiles
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Updated on September 14, 2021
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6 Min Read
A money market account is a type of savings account that typically offers a higher interest rate than a traditional savings account.
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CD Ladder: What It Is and How to Build One

by Jen Smith
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Updated on September 2, 2021
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4 Min Read
Tired of your high-yield savings account’s interest rate continually dropping? A CD ladder could be the solution to your interesting problem.
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What Is Probate and How Does it Work?

by Holly Johnson
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Updated on October 18, 2021
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5 Min Read
Probate is a legal process used to distribute assets when someone passes away. Find out how probate works and when you can avoid it.
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What Is A Money Order and How Does It Work?

by Jennifer G Gregory
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Updated on October 10, 2021
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6 Min Read
This article provides an overview of money orders and how they work. Topics in the article include: what is it, how to purchase one, when should you use it and more.
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How to Consolidate Credit Card Debt

by Jason Steele
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Updated on September 23, 2021
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5 Min Read
There are several ways to consolidate your credit debt in order to simplify your finances and allow you to pay off your balances sooner.
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Checking vs Savings Accounts

by Jennifer G Gregory
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Updated on September 14, 2021
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4 Min Read
Checking and savings accounts serve different purposes and terms. By understanding the differences, you can use each account more efficiently to save money and time.
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How Much Cash to Keep in Checking Account

by Jen Smith
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Updated on September 29, 2021
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4 Min Read
You have a lot of options when it comes to stashing your cash. Here’s specifically how much to be keeping in your checking and savings accounts.
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Debit Card vs. Credit Card

by Catherine Hiles
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Updated on August 2, 2021
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6 Min Read
Debit and credit cards each have their advantages and disadvantages, but both are useful to keep in your wallet as long as you use them responsibly.
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What is a CD (certificate of deposit)?

by Catherine Hiles
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Updated on October 18, 2021
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8 Min Read
A certificate of deposit, or CD, is a risk-free way to save that offers a higher interest rate than a traditional savings account without the risk associated with investing in stocks and bonds.
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How Much Should I Have in Savings?

by Jen Smith
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Updated on September 29, 2021
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4 Min Read
Should you be saving more? Find out how much the average person has saved and how much cash you should actually be stashing in your savings account.
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Health Savings Accounts (HSA): What is it and how does it work?

by Jen Smith
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Updated on October 5, 2021
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5 Min Read
A Health savings account has benefits that make it a great savings and investing vehicle. Find out what it is, how it works, and if you’re eligible for one.
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What is a Living Will?

by Elizabeth Rivelli
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Updated on August 30, 2021
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4 Min Read
A living will ensures you get the type of end-of-life medical care you want for yourself. Learn more about living wills and why you might need one.
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How Much Does it Cost to Sell a House?

by Catherine Hiles
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Updated on August 30, 2021
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6 Min Read
Selling your house can be an expensive process. Learn more about what kinds of costs you can expect when you list your home for sale.
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What Is a Trust?

by Cynthia Paez Bowman
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Updated on August 30, 2021
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6 Min Read
A trust is a legal entity you can set up to hold your assets and transfer them to your heirs without probate court or fees. There are several types of trusts available, based on your estate-planning goals.
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Are CDs Worth It?

by Roger Wohlner
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Updated on September 14, 2021
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3 Min Read
CDs can be a good place to invest some of your cash. Returns are guaranteed and predictable. There are some restrictions to be aware of and they need to be considered when looking at CDs.
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What To Do and Not To With An Inheritance

by Jennifer G Gregory
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Updated on September 20, 2021
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5 Min Read
Receiving an inheritance can be a great financial opportunity. By making smart choices and avoiding poor choices can help you improve your long-term financial situation.
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What Is a Medical Power of Attorney?

by Catherine Hiles
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Updated on August 30, 2021
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5 Min Read
A medical power of attorney is a way to appoint an agent to make decisions about your health care if you are unable to do so due to illness or injury.
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Trust vs Will - What's The Difference?

by Catherine Hiles
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Updated on August 30, 2021
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5 Min Read
Wills and trusts are both legal documents that help distribute your assets after you die. But what is the difference, and which one do you need?
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How Much Should You Save Each Month

by Lee Huffman
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Updated on October 5, 2021
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7 Min Read
Determine how much you should save each month to hit your money goals, including seven strategies to boost your savings.
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How to Write a Will

by Catherine Hiles
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Updated on August 30, 2021
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5 Min Read
Learn how to write your will, either on your own or with the help of an attorney, to ensure your loved ones are taken care of when you die.
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