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New bill aims to prevent guardianship abuses

It's a terrifying scenario. First, the court appoints a legal guardian over your mother or father, or a beloved aunt or uncle. Then, the guardian moves your relative out of state, limits who is allowed to see him or her, bleeds any bank accounts dry, and neglects the very person he or she is supposed to be protecting.

Tips for safely co-signing a loan in case the primary dies

Co-signing a loan for a relative or friend is always something that you should think about carefully -- after all, you could be stuck with the payments if that relative or friend fails to pay. However, even if you entirely trust this person to make the payments, you need to beware of another possibility: He or she could die.