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LAST REQUEST

Will wills still work as paper trail fades?

Emily Chantiri Most of us manage our personal finances online. It's very convenient for us, but how easy will it be for our executors?

YOUR QUESTIONS

Plan ahead, but not too far ahead

Plan ahead: But not too far ahead.

George Cochrane We have two kids, a home, plus rental properties in the CBD and the suburbs. We have plenty of ideas for the future, but which one is best?

BOOM OR BUST?

Hard times loom for too many boomers

Retire in peace: for many baby boomers retirement may not be as comfortable as they would like.

John Collett They’ve passed 50 and are staring at retirement, many with too little set aside to make their post-work dreams come true.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Don't leave your estate in a state

Don't be caught without a will.

Michael Hutton Getting your life in order before it's too late has its benefits.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Six ways to make your money work as hard as you do

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Scott Phillips You've worked hard to earn it, so don't let your money put its feet up - give it a job to do.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Splitting up? Act now to avoid surprises later on

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Alex Berlee Divorce is an emotional time but also one when important financial decisions have to be made.

TIP OF THE WEEK

Turn your money into a family business

Making cents: Managing your personal finances well can help you achieve many goals.

Catherine Robson Cash flow is key to a good business but in our private lives many of us have little idea about where our money goes.

YOUR QUESTIONS

How much can we give away?

Gifting: What happens to your pension entitlement if you lend money, or give it away to relatives?

George Cochrane What would Centrelink's reaction be if we gave or loaned money to relatives. How much would it affect our pension?

YOUR QUESTIONS

Sharing with sister is too taxing

Sister act: Can I just transfer my half of the house to my sister? I'd rather give her $450 a year than the state revenue office!

George Cochrane We own equal shares in a house. What happens if I give her my half?

WELL HEELED

Seven tips for a financially festive Christmas

Festive funds: Make a budget and stick to it.

Melissa Browne Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

PLEASE YOURSELF

Clearing financial hurdles of the single life

Party of one: Gretchen Alt-Cooper is a self employed accountant/company director and has been a single parent for many years.

Barbara Drury Singletons are on the rise. But there's a financial downside to independence. Follow these tips to avoid the poverty trap later in life.

My place

Elisabeth Neales In 1964, my husband and I made a momentous decision; we spent our entire savings of £2500 on a half-completed, unlined fibro shack on three blocks of land in what was then a remote area near the...

FINANCIAL RECOVERY

Women who leave with nothing

Moving out and up: It is difficult escaping abuse and it carries financial implications.

Sylvia Pennington Getting away from abusive situations is hard, getting back on your feet financially can be harder still.

WELFARE'S STATE

Big squeeze on as pension hurdles get higher and higher

Under review: Welfare spending is in the sights of the Coalition, and that means changes to the age pension.

Max Newnham Anyone who currently received, or is hoping to receive, some form of benefit from Centrelink could rightfully feel under attack right now.

EASY PREY

Fraudsters target seniors with a variety of scams

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David Wilson How to detect and counter the sophisticated scams that can rob you of your savings.

HAND-OUTS

Grab what you can from the government

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Mark Bouris Most of the plans being made for this financial year are about boosting income and reducing costs.

AGED CARE

Calculate the costs when it's time to go into care

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Barbara Drury Thinking about aged care? Selling the family home to pay for a bond may not be the only solution.

Premium plans

Insuring your earning capacity

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Mark Bouris There are many ways to build wealth, but what about protecting it?

Five rules for managing finances in a relationship

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Melissa Browne It's unsexy, but important to talk with your partner about your money beliefs, goals and budgets.

EARNING AND LEARNING

Brushing up on your financial skills

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MONEY - Hal Palmer at his house in Chelmer, Qld.

Sylvia Pennington Understanding your financial situation, and improving it, requires some education and effort.