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Estate Planning for Young Families: 7 Important Steps to Take

Beginning a family is an exciting time full of memories and milestones. No one wants to consider bad situations while marriages are new and the kids are young. But, unfortunately, sometimes tragedy hits and families are left to pick up the pieces. Planning for the worst is a way for parents to show they care about their family and will continue to do so even if something happens to them. Estate planning for young families is extremely important to ensure a safe and secure future for children and other dependents. While it may appear to be a confusing process, there are…

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Social Security Administration (SSA) Reported $7.9 Billion in Improper Payments in FY 2012

The SSA needs to focus on "program integrity," a polite term for reducing fraud and payment errors, the agency's inspector general told Congress. Reducing improper payments is one of the challenges facing the next SSA commissioner, Patrick O'Carroll, Jr., the agency's inspector general, told the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security on April 26. In fiscal year 2012, the Social Security Administration reported $4.7 billion in improper payments in the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, a 9.2 percent improper payment rate. (SSI is funded by general tax revenues, not payroll taxes. It helps elderly, blind, and/or disabled people…

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Get Ready for Social Security, Medicare Meltdowns

In this article, MarketWatch’s Robert Powell takes on the problems and the hype surrounding Social Security and Medicare, as well as what they mean to you. The article first moves to cut through the media-created frenzy and outline some of the reasons why the situation isn’t so bad and that it’s important not to panic (you may also want to read a related article on retirement fears, also from MarketWatch: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dont-let-fear-ruin-your-retirement-2011-05-23.) A few of the tips: continue working at least until your full retirement age, or to age 70 if possible, keep your skills up to date, and be sure…

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