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Dear Counselor: Feels like getting charged twice

Question: My wife and I divorced several years ago after a very long marriage. Over the years, I have paid both child support and spousal support. Our children are all adults, and my ex-wife has a job, where she is still working. I am not sure exactly how much money she makes. I retired this [...]

By |2018-11-07T19:59:25+00:00October 28th, 2018|Dear Counselor|Comments Off on Dear Counselor: Feels like getting charged twice

Dear counselor: Making sure the kids get their inheritance

Question: My husband and I are looking to create a revocable living trust. We have acquired a fair amount of property, but we aren’t incredibly wealthy by today’s standards. If either of us passes away first, we would like to leave the property to the other. But I would like some assurance that the property, [...]

By |2018-11-07T19:57:23+00:00October 14th, 2018|Dear Counselor|Comments Off on Dear counselor: Making sure the kids get their inheritance

Dear Counselor: Neighbor’s tree causes damage

Question: My neighbor’s tree branches cross over the property line onto my property. When the winds pick up, they rub against my roofline, causing damage to the eaves and shingles. I had to pay a roofer a few hundred dollars to come out and repair the damage. I know that I can go out there [...]

By |2018-11-07T19:54:40+00:00September 15th, 2018|Dear Counselor|Comments Off on Dear Counselor: Neighbor’s tree causes damage

Dear Counselor: Where’s the beef?

Question: My wife and I have been having neighbor issues recently. Our neighbor has a meat smoker in his backyard. It puts out a fair amount of smoke and odors that waft across our yard. It doesn’t seem like such a big deal when our windows are all closed, but it is really annoying when [...]

By |2018-09-10T21:18:10+00:00August 31st, 2018|Dear Counselor|Comments Off on Dear Counselor: Where’s the beef?

Dear Counselor: End-of-life paperwork gives you control

Question: The mother of a friend of mine recently passed away. My friend told me that when her mother was being taken to the hospital, the paramedics were asking about a “POLST” form. She told me that she thought she had the form, but she couldn’t remember where it was. She knew that her mother [...]

By |2018-09-10T21:15:32+00:00August 19th, 2018|Dear Counselor|Comments Off on Dear Counselor: End-of-life paperwork gives you control

Dear Counselor: Will tax changes affect alimony?

Question: My wife and I divorced a couple of years ago, and I pay alimony. I recently heard that under the new tax plan, alimony will no longer be tax-deductible. Will I be able to reduce the amount of support that I pay if it’s no longer deductible? Do you know why the law was [...]

By |2018-08-03T16:17:24+00:00July 22nd, 2018|Dear Counselor|Comments Off on Dear Counselor: Will tax changes affect alimony?

Dear Counselor: Taking on the stepmother

Question: My mother passed away several years ago and left everything to my father. After my mother’s death, my father remarried a woman about his same age. My father recently passed away. I know that he made some estate plans with my stepmother, but he assured my brother and me that we would still be [...]

By |2018-08-03T16:18:01+00:00July 7th, 2018|Dear Counselor|Comments Off on Dear Counselor: Taking on the stepmother

Dear Counselor: Debts can live on after a death

Question: My husband passed away about six months ago after a long marriage. We owned a house together and shared some bank accounts. After he passed away, I went to the bank and notified them about his passing. They took his name off our bank account and put it in my name alone. My husband [...]

By |2018-08-03T16:15:35+00:00June 24th, 2018|Dear Counselor|Comments Off on Dear Counselor: Debts can live on after a death

Dear Counselor: Finders, keepers? It doesn’t work that way

Question: A friend of mine recently bought a house, and in doing some clean up and painting after closing, he found an antique toy tractor in the attic. It’s supposedly worth about $300; I assume the former owner simply forgot about it when moving her things out of the house. Then again, she may have [...]

By |2018-08-03T16:09:12+00:00May 26th, 2018|Dear Counselor|Comments Off on Dear Counselor: Finders, keepers? It doesn’t work that way

Dear Counselor: Whose tree is it, anyway?

Question: My neighbor has a large tree close to the property line separating our backyards. It is a nice-looking tree that provides some privacy screening between our two lots. The branches, however, hang over into my yard and are very close to the power line that crosses my property and services my home. I spoke [...]

By |2018-08-03T16:09:01+00:00May 12th, 2018|Dear Counselor|Comments Off on Dear Counselor: Whose tree is it, anyway?