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Fast & Free Will

Did you know a will dosn't have to be a long, complicated process? And you defintely should have one! Dying without one can leave your estate in chaos.


The internet comes to rescure again. You can create your own will at FreeWill - no fee, online will writing service. Other low-cost alternatibves can be...

  • LegalZoom ($69-$149)
  • Rocket Lawyer ($40/month ,e,bership)
  • Quicken WillMaker Plus (Do-it-yourself software $80)

Keeping Snowbirds Safe

It’s that time of year again. Many of us will be traveling from our “regular” homes to spend the winter in warmer states like Florida or Arizona.

Be careful. Law enforcement warns that you may at risk at home and away.

Before you leave: Make sure you have one of or more timers set for the lights in your winter home. Also, recruit a friend or family member who’s staying put to check your house periodically to make sure the driveway is shoveled and to pick up any “penny shopper” type newspapers that aren’t held or forwarded by the post office.

When you arrive: If possible, confine all your purchases to a single credit card. That will make it easier to monitor to ensure that no one you encounter during your winter stay has stolen your card number and is making unauthorized purchases or using that card to open other accounts under your name.

Older Workers Wanted!

Ever been worried you might lose your job because you were getting too old?

Relax. Many employers are now looking specifically at hiring and retaining workers over the age of 60. Why? Because of their knowledge, work habits and temperament.

For example, 10 years ago 9% of the workforce at CVS pharmacies was over age 50. Today, it’s 24%. Other employers looking to hire older workers include United Healthcare, ATT, the Hartford and more!

Is It Time to Break Up with Your Bank?

Many of us do a year-end review of our finances.

Don't overlook shopping around for banks. If your bank is charging you for checking or paying barely any interest on your savings, it may be time to shop around. Many community banks and credit unions offer free checking and online banks often have better interest rates on savings accounts, frequently with no minimum blanace.

So it pays $$$ to shop around!

Relocating? Do You Buy or Rent?

Okay. You’ve retired and now you’re thinking of moving to your dream state. When you arrive, do you buy a new home/condo or rent?

Here’s what the experts say…

Buying a home is good financial decision if you’re planning on owning for 10 years or more. Often times your dream state turns out be less than you hoped. So those in the know say you should rent first, for a year or two, to see if like the area before actually buying. Now you know.

Oh, and wishing you a long and happy retirement!

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