Estate planning must be a financial priority at practically any phase of life. Sometimes the words estate planning, financial planning and retirement planning are interchangeable and refer to the same type of planning. People who plan ahead to manage their assets and financial resources will use appropriate professionals such as tax attorneys, accountants, financial planners and insurance agents to maximize their legacy to future generations and the community. Also, they organize their estate and related affairs so their desires are understood by family members and decisions are made ahead of time so family members are not left with many unresolved or difficult questions as a parent grows older.
When a prepaid card is reloadable, it generally is meant for longer-term use. Funds initially are deposited on the card and the card can be reloaded with more money at any time. It is the “reload” feature that distinguishes prepaid cards from gift cards. Consumers even may choose to have a paycheck direct deposited to a prepaid card.
This aging population brief presents a picture of the health, finances and well-being of adults ages 65 and older in ND. The brief focuses on well-being indicators including population, health care, economics, health risks, and behaviors and health status as well as cognitive impairment and caregiving.
Money is an often-discussed topic in most families, usually centering on, “Where did it go?” More money usually is not the answer for solving financial concerns for most families. Instead, developing a plan for better money management will help most families feel more satisfied with their income and their progress toward goals.
The transfer of nontitled property, such as photographs and other family heirlooms, often creates more challenges among family members than the transfer of titled property.
Except for housing, most families spend more on transportation than on any other expense category. This publication can help you make wise decisions and learn ways to trim the cost of owning a car.
By knowing what to look for and shopping around, you can save thousands of dollars in closing costs and interest payments during the life of your housing loan or mortgage. This publication will help with ideas on making housing decisions.
A steaming bowl of soup is a hearty, healthful meal. You can use food from your pantry, freezer or leftovers from your refrigerator to make a tasty soup in about 30 minutes following these easy steps. Each pot of soup serves about four adults. The nutritional value varies depending on the ingredients you choose.
The North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education operates a statewide adult Farm Business Management Education program. Participants in the program maintain detailed farm records, and many include detailed family living expenses. The following observations are derived from a multiyear analysis of the family living expenditures.
Finding ways to reduce energy use in a rented house or apartment may not seem easy. Here are a few simple things that can make a big difference to increase your comfort and reduce your energy bills if you rent.
Interested in starting your own business? To help make your decision, listen and gather information from a variety of sources. As you look at the information, you will find inconsistencies, plus some claims seem too good to be true. So what is fact and what is a myth? The following provides information about the realities of some of the more common entrepreneurial claims.
This publication provides strategies to improve your health and savings.
Recovering from a flood can be an overwhelming task, but this information from the NDSU Extension Service can help.
A individual may accumulate a variety of properties during a lifetime. Three estate planning tools discussed here are gifts, life insurance and annuities.
A trust is an arrangement whereby someone holds legal title to and manages property for the benefit of someone else. The different types of trusts, provisions and other information is discussed in this publication.
This publication answers questions by introducing the basics of federal estate and gift taxes.
Welfare reform has mandated the dual challenges of moving recipients off public assistance into employment and limiting access to public assistance for a lifetime total of only 60 months.
Potential new business owners have lots of questions about starting a business that cover a variety of areas. Yet of all these inquiries, six questions commonly are asked. This publication offers answers to those questions that potential business owners usually ask.
The rates in this publication are used as a guide in establishing rates for custom work, comparing ownership or leasing costs with custom work, settling accounts when two or more people exchange work.
Although most North Dakotans are quite conscientious about their property while living, some of these same thoughtful people make no provisions for its management and disposition after their deaths. This publication explains the probate process, what a will is, how it is made and additional information on advance directives.