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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.

The Consequences of Dying Without a Will

Millions of Americans don't have wills, never considering the consequences of their actions on those who'll survive them. But getting a will in place need not be complicated.

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.

Why More Than Half of Us Don't Have Wills

Americans display a fairly significant disconnect between our ideals and our actions when it comes to preparing for our deaths: While 60% of us believe all adults should have estate plans, only 44% have one. But it's more than just fear of thinking about our mortality that's stalling many of us.

Elder Abuse: How to Keep Grandma Safe From Con Men

Who would pick the pocket of your grandma or grandpa? Apparently, a lot of people: Older Americans are losing $2.9 billion annually to elder financial abuse, up 12% from 2008, according to "The MetLife Study of Elder Financial Abuse." Here's how to protect your older relatives from becoming victims.