Do you have your parents', grandparents' or sibling's financial power of attorney (POA)?
Adoption used to be a difficult subject for families to discuss -- now, the stigma has largely vanished but there are still problems that crop up.
It's not too early to start thinking about your New Year's resolutions -- especially if they include getting your estate in order.
Casey Kasem was a piece of living Americana for decades -- but his last few years were marred by family disputes that still overshadow better memories of him.
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.
A lot of people worry that a large chunk of what they've earned and saved over the years will end up going to the state when they die through taxes.
A lot of people have joint bank accounts because they want their spouse, parents or favorite niece to have access to the funds in case an emergency happens.
Every state has different rules regarding the rights of grandparents to maintain an active relationship with their grandchildren despite the wishes of the children's parents.
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.
Dividing up your marital assets during a divorce is never fun, but it can get downright ugly if you suddenly find out that you can't keep something that was clearly intended to be yours by a deceased relative.