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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.

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.

Mom, Money and Alzheimer's

When a parent is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, it's up to the adult children to protect their finances, by getting power of attorney, monitoring accounts, and using other tactics. Here's how Cameron Huddleston of Kiplinger did it.

Financial Planning for Same-Sex Couples: 5 Tips You Can't Ignore

Though same-sex marriage and gay civil unions are legal in 13 U.S. states, the federal rights that traditional married couples enjoy still don%u2019t apply to such unions. That means that it's critical for same-sex couples to get their paperwork and plans in order.

Planning for Trouble: Money and Estate Tips for Every Age

Many people put off doing estate planning on the grounds that it's too complicated. But it's not that difficult, and the right moves can save both you and your family a lot of trouble down the road. Here are a few things to keep in mind for the various stages of your life.

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.

Why More and More Seniors Are Shacking Up

Shacking up isn't just for young folks anymore. Plenty of unmarried retirees are spending their golden years together. And while skipping the "I dos" can seem like the easier course, just living together can be complicated at this time of life. But we've got some tips to help you avoid the pitfalls.

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.

Investing at 60: Pacing Yourself for a Long Retirement

Personal finance expert Jean Chatzky has reached the last post in this series, aimed at those of you who are age 60 and over -- or interested in a little advance planning. Here are your tips for making that nest egg last as long as you do.