Hey Taylor: Any investments I can make that will stand up well against inflation? I feel like the dollar has to weaken soon and I’m wondering how I can protect myself. — Jeremy
DEAR JEFF: I have been told that my father is slightly over the income limits for Medicaid, but that a “Miller Trust” may help. What is this? Thanks, “Its So Confusing”
DEAR JEFF: I am attempting to buy a tract of land that is landlocked by the current owner’s other property. If we close on the deal, do I automatically get access to the tract? Thanks, “Landlocked.”
Hey Taylor: I finally gave in and looked up NFTs. I guess the letters stand for Non-Fungible Token, and I’m probably more confused than before I did the research. Can you break this new trend down for me? — Marty
Jobless Texans who refuse work offers because they feel like the job isn’t safe during the pandemic won’t be able to receive unemployment benefits as of June 26, the Texas Workforce Commission announced this week.
Jeremy Yancey, lead pastor at Timber Creek Church, will be the featured speaker at Tuesday’s Chamber University, hosted by the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce.
DEAR JEFF: After approximately 50-plus years, all persons associated with a will are deceased or cannot be found. How does an interested person (relative) find such a will? If found, must the attorney who drafted the will be the one who probates it? Thanks, “Searching.”
Hi Taylor: I’m hearing more and more about businesses and people getting hacked and it’s starting to freak me out a little. Is this our new normal? Has it always been this bad and I’m only now hearing about it? — Tiffany
DEAR JEFF: I was in an automobile accident that was not my fault, and I was not hurt, but the other driver’s insurance company has never fixed my car. How long do I have to sue them? Thanks, “Wrecked.”
Hi Taylor: It feels like everything is more expensive right now, and I just read something about toilet paper prices going up. Is that true? Sometimes I can’t tell if it’s accurate or just my perception. — Cynthia
The nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care has awarded St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Lufkin re-certification of its Primary Care Stroke Center.
DEAR JEFF: I got married only about two months ago, but it is just not working out. He is not the person he led me to believe he is, and I have uncovered several disturbing things. How quickly can I get a divorce? Thanks, “Desperate Housewife”
Hey Taylor: I’ve been watching Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies go through massive price swings, and it gives me pause with the whole thing. It seems like Elon Musk can just tweet something and change the value drastically. — Juan
The Deep East Texas Council of Governments and Economic Development District is taking proactive measures to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, the regular monthly board of directors meeting will be held online as a “Go to Meeting” webinar at noon Thursday. Please note — there…
Hey Taylor: Any idea what kinds of careers a young adult might look into this day and age? I’ve been talking with my son who just graduated high school about his plans for the future, and I feel like we’re both kind of stumped. — Taylor
It’s always been said there’s no place like home, and for Urica Powell, home has never felt so good. Habitat for Humanity of Angelina County is putting the finishing touches on Powell’s home, the organization’s latest construction project for area residents in need.
Hey Taylor: I just left my old company because it was forced to downsize. Fortunately, another opportunity came around at just the right time, but I’m wondering what to do with my 401(k). Do I leave it with my old employer or move it over to my new company’s plan? — Nena
DEAR JEFF: I have a friend who got divorced a few months ago, and she told me she is receiving alimony. My understanding was that alimony is not allowed in Texas? Thanks, “Show Me The Money”
Angelina College on Wednesday held a ceremony inside the Temple Theater Foyer to bid farewell to a group of longtime employees retiring with a combined 248 years of experience.
Hey Taylor: I just talked to a friend who said he got a great deal through his travel agent. My first thought was, “Travel agents still exist?” I guess they do, but do they actually offer better deals than what I can find online? — Brian
DEAR JEFF: My husband has filed for divorce, but I want to try to make it work. I have not agreed to the divorce, and have not signed anything. Can I stop the judge from approving the divorce? Thanks, “Trying to Make it Work
Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas is offering a free multi-pronged approach to helping Deep East Texas businesses thrive and get individuals back to work or on a path to sustainable careers.
Woodland Heights Medical Center received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
DEAR JEFF: My husband and I have never had wills, and we are starting to have them prepared. We have young children, so my main concern is their future if something were to happen to both my husband and myself. I know that our wills have to name a guardian and a trustee. Should these be diff…
Hi Taylor: I’ve got an idea for a T-shirt company and I’m really passionate about it, but I’ve got zero money to put down for any sort of business launch.
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
The Texas Forestry Association has partnered with the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, Association of Texas Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas Wildlife Association, and Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association to highlight Soil…
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
Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas is offering a multi-pronged approach to helping Deep East Texas businesses thrive and get individuals back to work or on a path to sustainable careers.
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…
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