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The Hidden Costs of Settling an Estate

When settling an estate, you should anticipate costs beyond standard expenses such as attorneys' fees, commissions paid to the executor and court filing fees.

14 Money Mistakes to Avoid in 2014

As we start 2014, let's look at 14 areas where people are most likely to make expensive money mistakes, and what you can do to avoid them.

The Man Who Saves CEOs Billions in Taxes

From Adelson to Zuckerberg, CEOs everywhere are using these techniques from estate-planning pioneer Richard Covey to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes.

6 Essential Documents for Estate Planning

Planning for your own death is uncomfortable, but it can prevent heartache and financial distress for your loved ones. Here are the documents experts say we all should have.

New Year, Same Beneficiaries? Here's Why You Need to Review

If you haven't checked the beneficiary designations on your financial accounts lately, you really should. It's quick, easy, and though it may not sound all that important, getting it squared away now could make a huge difference to your family later.

Why Healthy People In Their Prime Need Life Insurance Too

It's easy to assume that if you're young and healthy, you'll be alive next year. It's probably true, too. But there are many grieving relatives and friends out there who will remind you that the unexpected does happen, and it can leave all kinds of chaos in its wake.

5 Surprisingly Smart Ways to Blow $1,000 of Your Tax Refund

You may see your tax refund check as a choice between a crazy splurge and responsible saving. But you could also put that money to work for you less conventionally. Here are five good ways to spend $1,000 of your April windfall that you might not have considered.

DIY Legal Sites: Are You the Only Lawyer You Need?

With the economy still in the doldrums and the Web offering an array of legal help sites, a rising number of consumers are trying their hands at being do-it-yourself lawyers. Is it right for you? And if so, which site should you use?

Retirement Rulebook: How to Keep It in the Family

Every adult needs a will: It may be depressing to contemplate, but die without one, and the state decides what happens to your property, and there's no guarantee the state's wishes and your own will coincide.

The Best Defense: Money Moves to Protect Your Family

In financial planning, people usually play offense: It's about finding the right strategy to get to the goal. But it's just as crucial to have a good defense. Cal Brown, a financial planner and author of the new book "When Life Strikes: Weathering Financial Storms," shares some of his defensive plays with DailyFinance's Laura Rowley.

Amy Winehouse's Will: Singer-Songwriter Played It Smart

Despite the tumultuous life Amy Winehouse led in her 27 years, she managed to stabilize matters after her death with an ironclad will, according to reports. Let this be a lesson to both the famous and the obscure: A will is a good idea at any adult age.

The 10 Most Infamous Family Inheritance Feuds

Nothing is certain but death and taxes, and where those two intersect -- wills -- there's supposed to be some certainty as well. Wills should be final. But unsurprisingly, sometimes heirs don't see them that way. 24/7 Wall Street lines up the 10 nastiest, most interesting family feuds over mega millions -- and, in one case, a frozen head.

Put These 12 Financial Resolutions for 2011 on Your List

After the Great Recession and with volatile stock markets and unemployment keeping Americans jittery, more people are ready to commit to improving their personal financial situation in 2011. Here are a dozen steps that can help put you on the road to fiscal security.