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Dealing with debts after death

<i>Kiplinger's Retirement Report</1>, Mary Kane, and Associate Editor •
Kiplinger

A few years ago, the adult daughter of a deceased client of Indianapolis estate attorney Brett Carlile showed up in his office, distraught. After her father’s death, she discovered he had dozens of credit cards, with debts totaling nearly $40,000. She was stunned. “My dad didn’t live like this,” she told Carlile. It turned out

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7 smart ways to build your emergency fund

Kiplinger.com, Online Editor, and Andrea Browne Taylor •
Kiplinger

Read enough articles here on Kiplinger.com or in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and soon enough you’ll get our emergency-fund lecture: Squirrel away six months worth of living expenses. Shelter it from market losses. Keep it liquid. Tap it in the event of a job loss or medical emergency to avoid raiding your retirement savings or

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How to reduce your property tax bill

Sandra Block, Senior Associate Editor, and <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i> •
Kiplinger

Start by making sure you’re taking advantage of all the property tax breaks available to you. Many jurisdictions will exclude a portion of a home’s value from property taxes if you’re a senior or a veteran, or if you’re disabled. In Florida, all homeowners are eligible for a homestead exemption of up to $50,000; those

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