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Do Surviving Spouses Have a Right to a 401(k) or an IRA?

When choosing a beneficiary for a retirement plan, it is important to understand how your spouse will be treated under the plan...

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Can an Employer Cut Retiree Health Benefits?

Some fortunate employees belong to employer-provided health care plans that carry over to retirement.But how secur...

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Demise of Estate Tax Could Have Serious Consequences for Spouses

The estate tax expired on January 1, 2010.It remains to be seen whether Congress will reinstate it before it returns in 2011...

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Make Sure Your Plan Beneficiary Choices Are Up to Date

Many people periodically update their wills or other estate plans, but don't remember to update who will receive distributions from their retirement plans.

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Does Your Will Name an Alternate Beneficiary?

What will happen to your estate if your primary beneficiary does not survive you?

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Seniors Often Must Fight for Medicare Home Health Benefits

Medicare is mandated to cover your home health benefits with no limit on the time you are covered.

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ElderLaw 101

How to Apply for SSI

If you think you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you should fill out an online disability report and then call your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office to complete your application. 

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What the Sequester's Cuts Will Mean for Seniors

As a consequence of congressional gridlock, $85 billion in automatic, across-the-board spending cuts are starting to take effect. 

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