Personal Finance

All About Credit Scores

All About Credit Scores

It's difficult to imagine functioning in today's world without credit. Whether buying a car or purchasing a home, credit has become an integral part of our everyday lives. Having easy access to credit goes hand in hand with having a good credit score, so it's...

Charitable Giving

Charitable Giving

Charitable Giving Charitable giving can play an important role in many estate plans. Philanthropy cannot only give you great personal satisfaction, it can also give you a current income tax deduction, let you avoid capital gains tax, and reduce the amount of taxes...

Watch Out for These Common Tax Scams

Watch Out for These Common Tax Scams

While tax scams are especially prevalent during tax season, they can take place anytime during the year. If you see a scam, be sure to report it to the Internal Revenue Service at irs.gov, the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at tigta.gov,and/or your local police department.

Understanding Your Credit Report

Understanding Your Credit ReportYour credit report contains information about your past and present credit transactions. It's used primarily by potential lenders to evaluate your creditworthiness. So if you're about to apply for credit, especially for something...

Trust Basics

Whether you’re seeking to manage your own assets, control how your assets are distributed after your death, or plan for incapacity, trusts can help you accomplish your estate planning goals. For more information, consult an experienced attorney.

Teaching Your Teen about Money

Your teen is becoming more independent, but still needs plenty of advice from you. With more money to spend and more opportunities to spend it, your teen can easily get into financial trouble. So before money burns a hole in your child's pocket, teach him or her a few...