Hey Taylor: Do you have any recommendations for easing the burden of student loan debt? I’m working steadily and making my payments on time, but I’m wondering if there’s a better approach than losing money every month for the next 30 years.
DEAR JEFF: I had a relative who died last year. He had told me that he left some items to me in his will, but the immediate family has not filed the will for probate. Is there a way that I can file for probate? I do not have a copy of the will? Thanks, “It’s What He Wanted”
DEAR JEFF: You answered a question last week about guardianship over an elderly person. I am thinking about seeking guardianship over my mother. She is beginning to be unable to take care of her affairs and could use my help. Do I have to have a doctor’s opinion in order to get guardianship …
Hey Taylor: I’ve been following you for a while and know you’re a big fan of real estate investing. For me, the problem is always available capital since I don’t want to take on debt I can’t pay off. If I’ve only got $10,000 to invest, can I still make money in real estate?
Just 10 diseases account for almost three quarters of all deaths in the United States, and heart disease is the biggest killer, followed by cancer; East Texas is not an exception.
DEAR JEFF: I am selling some shares of a family owned corporation to another family member. Do I have to report this to the Texas Secretary of State? Thanks — “Merry Christmas!”
Hi Taylor: Trying to get ahead of the holiday gift problems that always seem to catch me off-guard. Family presents are fine, it’s all those work exchanges and social gatherings where I seem to spend money I don’t have. Any advice?
Hey Taylor: My wife has been suggesting that we put all our money in the same bank account. We’ve had our own accounts for years and I’m worried this might create some unnecessary turmoil. What’s your stance?
DEAR JEFF: I had a relative who died a few months ago, and we’re trying to sell his house now. The title company is saying the will needs to “be probated.”
Hey Taylor: I need to buy a car but don’t currently have income (job will come once I’ve got wheels). I have really good credit and I’m wondering if I can make this work without getting swindled by the lender.
Hi Taylor: I saw that Square launched a new bank. What’s the deal there? Can any business become a bank? Are they trustworthy? How do I decide where to keep my money? — Lauren
DEAR JEFF: I loaned my girlfriend’s brother some money, and it has been almost six months. He won’t pay me back. At the time I loaned it, my girlfriend promised me she would pay the money back if her brother did not.
Hi Taylor: I just got a promotion and it looks like I’ll finally be able to pay my bills and start saving. I still have some credit card debt and also want to start saving for retirement, so I’m wondering—what should I do first?
DEAR JEFF: I filed a lawsuit against a business and have just received something in the mail called a “motion for summary judgment.” What is this and what does it mean? Thanks, “Want My Day In Court”
St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Lufkin, in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine, has established the college’s first rural health residency program and is welcoming the first set of residents.
Hey Taylor: lost my wallet a couple weeks ago and I’m still fretting a little. I canceled cards and keep checking my accounts, but are there other steps I should be taking? Stuff I can do to get a little peace of mind?
DEAR JEFF: Some young people I know had a baby they knew they could not raise. The birth parents brought him to me shortly after he was born and want me to adopt him.
Allegiance Bancshares Inc. the holding company of Allegiance Bank, and CBTX Inc., the holding company of CommunityBank of Texas N.A., announced the closing of the merger of equals between Allegiance and CBTX to form Stellar Bancorp Inc.
Hey Taylor: I read a few articles about the recent climate report that makes things sound pretty dire. If we try to meet those new emissions goals, how do you think that will affect our economy and industries?
DEAR JEFF: I have been told I need a living trust, but I don’t really own much or have a big estate. It seems like a lot of trouble. Is this something I need? Thanks — “Distrustful”
Hey Taylor: My wife and I are retiring early next year, and though we feel like our finances are adequately prepared, I’m not sure we are mentally. I know you have worked with many retirees, so I’d love to get your thoughts on some other things we should consider before taking this big step.
DEAR JEFF: My wife and I have been divorced for several years. In the divorce, I was awarded custody of my son, and she was ordered to pay a minimal amount of child support.
CBTX Inc., the bank holding company for CommunityBank of Texas N.A., recently announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend in the amount of $0.13 per share of common stock.
Hey Taylor: I got a credit card offer in the mail that seems really good. Low spending limit but the interest rate is good and I get cash back. So… what’s the catch? Should I be suspicious?
DEAR JEFF: I am seeking guardianship of my sister, who has been diagnosed with dementia. Do I have to have medical evidence of the diagnosis? Thanks, “Want What’s Best”
West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. has declared a quarterly dividend of 30 cents per share on the Common shares and Class B Common shares in the capital of the company, payable on Oct. 7 to shareholders of record on Sept. 22.
Hey Taylor: Is it possible to improve my credit score in a hurry? I’m trying to get a small loan but only have so-so credit, and wondering if I can get it up by 100-150 points in a few months or if it’ll take years and years and I should give up on the loan. Thanks. — Esteban
DEAR JEFF: My grandfather died in another state, but he owned some land in Texas that was left to me. The attorney tells me I will have to probate his will in Texas also in order to get the property. Is that right? Thanks, “Landowner”
Texas Forestry Association will host its annual conference Oct. 26-28 at the Texas A&M Hotel and Convention Center in College Station, with notable speakers and with some new pre-conference activities.
DEAR JEFF: I don’t trust my girlfriend. Is it legal for me to put a tracking device on her car so I can see where she goes? Thanks, “Just Curious”
Hi Taylor — I am very happy to finally be paying less for gas after a rough couple of months. Do you know what exactly changed? It feels like prices ramped up and then came back down without any obvious shift in policy or world events, but maybe I’m missing something. — Melissa
Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas continues in September to offer a variety of services to help Deep East Texas businesses thrive and get individuals back to work or on a path to sustainable careers.
DEAR JEFF: I won a trial in small claims court. The other side has appealed to the county court-at-law, which I was told they have a right to do.
Hi Taylor: Someone mentioned China might have a real estate bubble like the U.S. did back in 2008. Also, hearing it’s going to have a ripple effect throughout the world. Any truth to that?
The accounting industry recognizes Axley & Rode, LLP as one of the nation’s leading firms. Inside Public Accounting recently released its 2022 “Survey and Analysis of Firms,” where Axley & Rode ranks as the nation’s 328th largest accounting firm. Axley & Rode ranks 21st among fir…
Hey Taylor: I hear more about inflation than supply when people talk about rising costs, but then I read things about supply chain problems. Is that still going on? And still because of COVID-19? — Bailey
DEAR JEFF: I have a conviction on my record that I cannot have expunged. However, it has caused me problems with potential employers in the past. The crime was many years ago, and I received deferred adjudication. Do I have any other options? Thanks, “Learned My Lesson”
VeraBank was named as one of the 2022 Best Companies to Work for in Texas, its sixth consecutive year to be recognized. This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best 100 places of employment in Texas, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce…
St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Lufkin, in partnership with the Heart Institute of East Texas, recognized the value of cardiac rehabilitation and in 2014 began the first program of its kind in Lufkin. Today, it remains the only nationally certified cardiac rehabilitation center between Tyler and …
DEAR JEFF: I am about to file for guardianship over my mother, who has dementia. My brother would like to help, also. Can we both be named co-guardians? Thanks, “Taking Care of Mom”
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