I got an email from a friend asking for money and saying that she just landed somewhere and not to tell anyone about it. Such an old scam. I called my friend and she said that she couldn’t get into her email, etc. We’ve heard it all before. This topic was covered not only in one of our shows but also at a Live at the Library event on fraud awareness. Tell us if you have recently encountered an “old” scam or a “new scam…
In the past, when tax time came around every year, I promised myself I would make it easier next year by keeping better records. Fast forward to the next year, and guess what? All those good intentions went someplace…..I don’t know where. What I realized much later was the fact that I lacked a systematic way to track my expenses. I found some useful tools that have helped me organize my finances and manage my spending. This has saved me a great deal of time in the day-to-day money management, which translates into less time spent gathering information for tax filing. But the extra benefit has been finding some deductible expenses that I otherwise would have forgotten, and that has reduced my taxes! The lesson is to start now, while the tax return experience is fresh in your mind. Send us an e-mail for some useful tips, and be sure to come to our next “Live at the Library” on May 23rd, where we’ll have lots to share about organizing your finances, time and more!
If you’re old enough to remember the days doctors made house calls, you may see history repeating itself. At-home care is one of the ways the healthcare system is changing the way it delivers care to its patients. In next week’s program of “The Law, Your Money and You”, John Holiver, president of Norwood Hospital, explains how hospitals and other providers are pro-actively seeking ways to reduce their expenses while improving their quality of care.
Have you checked your bank account lately for unauthorized charges? I did and found an unauthorized charge (they are called ACH charges) – automatic clearing house – Again, check your bank statement. The policy is if you don’t contest it within 2 business days, you’re out…. Most people check their bank statements when they receive them or if online, at the end of the month. What do you think of this? Let’s hear from you! Tell us your nightmares with banks or charge companies.
Do the new Uniform Probate Rules effect you? From what I can see, most attorneys have many questions that at this point are unanswerable and that is why the Probate Courts in Massachusetts might be “quiet” over the next week (I bet till May 1) – But it will all get straightened out. Did you know that there is no longer an Executor (male) or Executrix (female) in a Will? They are now called Personal Representatives… Join in and let us hear your experiences or questions!
Give us your opinion on estate auctions! Which do you prefer, yard sales or auctions? Ever had one? Share your story with us!
Unexpected things happen all the time and life can get complicated pretty quickly. Luckily, we’re here to answer questions about common legal and financial situations you may find yourself in.
Q. My neighbor’s dog barks all day. They refuse to put him inside. What can I do?
A. You can first talk to them and explain that the barking is very disturbing and distressful for you. If that fails, call the dog officer. That is the “cheapest” way out. You could go to court and get a restraining order as you do have the right to “quiet enjoyment.” But it is faster to call your local town dog officer and complain. Most towns have ordinances to this effect. Whatever you do, don’t threaten or go near the dog.