DEAR JEFF: I was divorced several years ago, but my ex-wife and I remained good friends. Unfortunately, she died late last year. She had a life insurance policy from when we were married that named me as the beneficiary. Can I still recover even tough we were divorced? Thanks, “Miss Her.”
Hey Taylor: This last year has been hard in a lot of ways, but I really enjoyed the change of pace regarding work and family time. Now that I’m going back to work, any tips on managing that work/life balance? — Mina
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Hey Taylor: For some reason, even as my earnings go up, my savings stay flat. I haven’t made any big purchases or changes, so I feel like I need some advice on how to save more effectively. — Calvin
DEAR JEFF: I recently tried to return some items I bought to a store, and was told they do not provide refunds, but would let me exchange the items for something else. Aren’t they required to give me my money back? Signed, “Don’t Want It”
Hi Taylor: Based on what I’ve been reading, I get the feeling that we’re both afraid of and in control of inflation. Am I right? Because that doesn’t really make sense to me. — Kira
DEAR JEFF: I recently ended my engagement to my girlfriend. We had a joint checking account, but only my money was deposited into the account (although my girlfriend could write checks). Not smart, I know.
Hey Taylor: Bet you haven’t heard this question before (haha). Any tips for the best way to make my stimulus check count? Don’t love the idea of a handout so if I’ve got the money I want it to go to good use. — Nico
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Hi Taylor: Feels like things are finally starting to move in the right direction (I even got my first dose of the vaccine), and I’m wondering about travel. Any thoughts on when people might be able to vacation out of the country again? — Julian
DEAR JEFF: A few months ago, I moved out of a home I had been renting. My lease had expired, and I owed no rent when I moved out. Before moving out, I notified the landlord. I left the duplex much cleaner than I received it. I did not get my deposit back, but received a letter from the landl…
Hey Taylor: I got my husband to commit to what I’m calling “financial spring cleaning.” We’re going to focus on getting our finances in better order leading up to the summer. Any tips for where we should start? — Danielle
DEAR JEFF: I was adopted as a young child. My mother recently died, and her will leaves everything to “my children.” Does this include adopted children, like me? Thanks, “Miss Mom”
Hey Taylor: Everything has changed a lot over the last year, and it feels to me like the economy is still kind of fluctuating. Any idea how things will look this year? What changes might be permanent? — Rebecca
DEAR JEFF: I own several rental properties. I recently had a tenant vacate before her lease expired, and she also did quite a bit of damage to the property. It’s enough damage (around $5,000) that I would like to pursue collection of this from her.
Hey Taylor — I’m in between jobs and trying to find some direction. People tell me to find something that suits my strengths, but I always second guess what I’m good at. How do I figure out what I do well without just being unrealistically confident? — Elsie
DEAR JEFF: I got married a couple of months ago, and just recently found out that my husband had been married before. He never told me about her, and their divorce was just finalized right before we got married. I had no idea he had ever been married, and I am very hurt that he didn’t tell m…
Hi Taylor: I have some money I want to put into the stock market, and I’m wondering if I stand to make more through educated day trading or just standard investing.
DEAR JEFF: I have heard that in order to inherit from someone, you must outlive them by a certain amount of time. Is this true? If so, what is the time required? Thanks, “Ain’t Feelin’ So Good Myself”
Hi Taylor: I finally cut ties with an old credit card that had no rewards and a mediocre rate. Can you guide me on what kind of card I should go with now? Kind of open to anything. — Mazie
Hey Taylor: I’m thinking of buying a second home and I’m a little overwhelmed by the options. I live in Florida and think I want a property in another state, as an investment/vacation spot. Any specific regions you think I should target? — Josh
DEAR JEFF: If I was awarded a vehicle in my divorce, how do I get my ex-wife’s name off of it? I have the title. Thanks, “Moving On”
Hey Taylor: I pretty much forgot Brexit was a thing until I heard something about it being finalized right before the end of the year. What’s the status there and how big of an impact might we expect to see? — Kevin
Hi Taylor: Like everyone else, I’ve been stuck at home with my kids a lot more than in years past. I’m a little worried about the toll it’s taking on my mental and physical health. You’ve got kids — any tips for how to do my work, keep my kids alive, and salvage my health? — Dani
DEAR JEFF: As everybody knows, times are tough right now. Even though I am young, I would like to get a job to help my parents. What is the youngest age that a teenager can get a part-time job? Thanks, “Want to Help Out”
Hi Taylor: Any interesting trends in the auto industry for the coming year? Feels like after the slump that was 2020, we should be in line for some interesting things. — Arnold
Hi Taylor: I used to manage a restaurant and I’m tired of waiting for life to go back to normal. Any leads on part-time work I could pick up instead of just treading water? — Elsie
DEAR JEFF: My husband would like to adopt my son from a previous marriage. The father is still in his life, and does not want to give up his parental rights. Honestly, I don’t want him to, as he and my son are close.
Hi Taylor: I’m committed to paying off at least some debt as my resolution this year. I had the same goal last year and failed, so I think I need some help. Any hot tips? — Marie
DEAR JEFF: My mother died several years ago, and I have never done anything with her estate. My father had already passed, and I am an only child, so there is nobody else but me. I was named as the executor of her Last Will and Testament. How long do I have to file it and go through probate?…
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Hi Taylor: My siblings and I have been talking about how to help my parents navigate their remaining years. They’re in their 80s and have some money but not a lot. Any advice?
DEAR JEFF: I’ve been told that I need a last will and testament and a living will. Are these the same thing? Do I need both of them? Thanks, “Willing”
Hey Taylor: I’m trying to cut back on online shopping and invest more money in my local economy. I’m having a little trouble kicking the habit and I’m wondering if you have any tips that might make this easier for me. — Riley
DEAR JEFF: I witnessed a car wreck that has really upset me. I helped get an injured person out of the vehicle (I didn’t know her). Can I sue the other driver for mental anguish? Thanks, “Bothered”
Hey Taylor: I just bought a house and I’m really focused on making sure it retains its value. Aside from maintenance and such, what are some ways to hold (and hopefully increase) its overall worth? — Carmen
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