Author Archives: Noreen Murphy

Why You Should Keep Your Will Up to Date

Your life isn’t stagnant. Why should your will be? After all, a Last Will and Testament is really a reflection of the life you lead — the things you own, the people love you, and the place you call home. But … Continue reading

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Social Security Increase for 2015

Social Security announced this week that 2015 benefits will increase by 1.7%. The increase is ties to the Cost of Living Adjustment, and will begin on December 31, 2014. All changes to Social Security for 2015

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New Hope for Veterans Discharged Because of PTSD

Previous generations didn’t understand post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as we do today. Unfortunately, that led to many Vietnam-era veterans receiving an other-than-honorable discharge. And for decades, thousands of those people have been denied essential veterans benefits. #89740671 / … Continue reading

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How to Age Gracefully: Mind, Body, and Spirit

Each of us comes from a different walk of life, but there’s one thing we have in common: we’re all getting older. Time’s rhythm is steady, and try as we might, everyone ages just a little bit more with each … Continue reading

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Halloween, Medicare, and The Pumpkin Rule

It’s Halloween time and the smell of pumpkin is in the air. You can’t step inside a coffee shop, bakery, or candle store this time of year without a waft of pumpkin spice greeting you at the door. Pumpkin’s everywhere! … Continue reading

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Estate Planning for the Modern Family

Families come in all shapes, forms, and sizes. As a matter of fact, non-traditional families now outnumber the “traditional” husband-wife-and-children household in America by a margin of about 2%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 report. #137086639 / gettyimages.com … Continue reading

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Inheriting A Collection Is Not Always Easy

When parents die, their adult children inherit many things: money, property, family heirlooms and collectables. Sometimes, it is hard to figure out what to do with the collectables. A story I came across in the New York Times told of … Continue reading

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Don’t Give Away Money Until You Know You Won’t Need It

Many in their 50s and older are thinking about gifting money to their adult children. Many are unsure if they can afford to do so. That’s because the real question they are asking is whether they have saved enough for … Continue reading

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Estate Planning Nightmares To Avoid

When it comes to estate planning, there are some big mistakes that you should take pains to avoid. Problems can begin when parents and their offspring haven’t talked about the subject. And even when they do, they often don’t get … Continue reading

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Consider a MOLST form

Many of us have signed a health care proxy form — a legal document in which we appoint someone to make medical decisions for us if we become incapacitated. But in Massachusetts, and in many other states, there is another … Continue reading

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