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3 Smart Ways to Spend Your Inheritance

Most retirees plan to leave money to their heirs. And those potential heirs say they'd use it responsibly. What they actually do with the cash is another matter entirely.

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.

'Dear Mom, I Wish You'd Had Life Insurance'

Brittney Lacombe's mother died with only $300 in the bank. Unable to pay the bills, she and her sisters lost their house. Life insurance would have made things a lot easier.

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.

Is This Company Prepared for the Worst? (Probably Not)

Every investor should be asking their portfolio companies what succession plans they have to replace their CEOs in the event of a tragedy like that which befell Micron Technology CEO Steve Appleton last week. Because unfortunately, many companies don't have any plan at all.

Ruling on Cigarette Warnings Stirs Free Speech Debate

A court ruling Monday stubbed out an FDA attempt to plaster extremely graphic warning labels on cigarette packs. The decision has reignited a debate over which right trumps which: The right of the government to warn Americans about the health risks of smoking, or the First Amendment rights of tobacco companies.

The 7 Deadly Hobbies: Pastimes Your Insurer Hates

Some people take fun to the extreme, engaging in pastimes that put their health -- and even their lives -- at risk. Insurance companies refer to such activities as "hazardous vocations," and charge higher premiums to those who engage in them. One way or another, these hobbies will cost you.

Can Your Financial 'Plan B' Withstand the Unexpected?

Having a plan in case of a major life crisis is important and, according to State Farm's Financial Plan B survey, 81% of us know it. But only 45% of those surveyed said they've actually planned ahead for that crisis. If you have a plan, it may not be a solid as you think. And if you don't, here's how to begin creating one.

The 10 Most Expensive Hurricanes in U.S. History

At times, 2011 has felt like a parade of natural disasters: Earthquakes and tornadoes and floods, oh my! But wait, there are more coming. Hurricane season has just begun, and the forecasts for 2011 aren't pretty. Before the next one hits, we look back at the nation's 10 costliest hurricanes.

Plan Now to Avoid an Inheritance Feud Later

Infighting among heirs is on the rise, thanks to the weak economy, the increase in blended families and a host of other factors. Probably the biggest is simply poor planning. Life is complicated enough, so don't bequeathe a battle to your heirs. Here's some straight advice.

BP's Oil Well Near Death, But Disaster Not Over

The impending death of BP's blown-out oil well will bring one piece of the catastrophe that began five months ago to an anticlimactic end. But it is an important milestone for the still-weary residents of the Gulf Coast.

Workplace Fatalities Plunged in 2009

Last year saw a sharp decline in on-the-job injuries in the United States, mainly because there were fewer jobs. Workplace fatalities due to injuries plunged 17% to 4,340 in 2009, The Wall Street Journal reported. That%u2019s the lowest since records began 18 years ago.

Cheez Doodle Inventor Morrie Yohai Dies at 90

Morrie Yohai, inventor of the Cheez Doodle snack food, died on July 27 at his home in King's Point, New York. He was 90. For millions of consumers, the puffed-corn treats, coated in aerosolized cheese, are a childhood classic.

Bad Fortune: Five Bizarre Billionaire Murders

Money can buy you power, but it can't always save your life: Here's a list of the world's richest murder victims, some of whom met deadly ends that one would more likely expect to see on the movie screen: bombs, arson and even a kinky sadomasochistic sex scene.

Breastfeeding Could Save Billions of Dollars, Hundreds of Lives

Sometimes, doing the simplest things can save not only money, but lives. A recent study published in Pediatrics found that the low level of breastfeeding in the U.S. is costing the country at least $13 billion each year, with nearly all of the cost related to infant illnesses and deaths.