Happy Thanksgiving By Judy Heft

Happy Thanksgiving

Living a life full of gratitude is a year-round practice that culminates every year on the fourth Thursday of November. I love how Thanksgiving brings gratitude to the forefront of people’s thoughts. I also love how vanilla ice cream collides with warm apple pie on my tastebuds.   And I… Continue Reading..
Election Day, November 6, 2018

#GOTV: 98 Years and 80 Days

Women will have had the right to vote in this country for 98 years and 80 days tomorrow, November 6, 2018. The process to get the vote was long and arduous, with a 30-year period of “doldrums” during which the movement made no progress at the federal level — but,… Continue Reading..
Budgeting for the Holidays By Judy Heft

Budgeting for the Holidays

The holidays are a magical time of year, but I think too many people are making them last too long — no, I’m not talking about the people who leave their lights or trees up past Valentine’s Day. I’m talking about overspending in December and paying it off until June.… Continue Reading..
Why Do People Fall for Scams? By Judy Heft

Why Do People Fall for Scams?

Why do people fall for scams? Scams are as old as the human condition. Research has suggested that might be due to a biological explanation, but psychologists have been studying people’s responses to scams and potential scams — and the results offer insights that may help prevent people from falling… Continue Reading..
What’s my secret? Good employees! By Judy Heft

What’s my secret? Good employees!

Fresh from a vacation in the deep South, I’m feeling grateful for my ability to travel — which is made possible by my all-star team. As I was taking a horse-and-buggy ride around Charleston, South Carolina, Sharon Wilson took the driver’s seat at Judith Heft & Associates. Again, I am… Continue Reading..
Forensic Bookkeeping in Divorce By Judy Heft

Forensic Bookkeeping in Divorce

Last week I talked about a special project we’ve been working on to help settle an estate. This week I have another special project to talk about, centered around divorce. I recently received a referral from a financial advisor colleague. It involved a very high-profile divorce featuring an ex-wife (Diane)… Continue Reading..

Need Help Settling an Estate?

I’m so proud of the work Judith Heft & Associates has done helping seniors manage their money and avoid scams. Every now and then, though, we are contacted by potential clients and their trusted advisers with extraordinary projects that really make us flex our brain muscles and think outside the… Continue Reading..
Getting Brenda’s Money Back By Judy Heft

Getting Brenda’s Money Back

Last week I told Brenda’s story: A grandmother whose granddaughter had stolen money from her. We were able to file a police report and get the money back, but during the process I found a website with such valuable information about the rights of victims of fraud — but it… Continue Reading..
Elder Abuse: Brenda’s Story By Judy Heft

Elder Abuse: Brenda’s Story

Last week, we didn't have enough money in our client's account to pay her assisted living bill, so we sent a report of expenses to her son, who is also her power of attorney. We noticed that there was a check for $10,000 payable to the granddaughter (“Becca”) of my… Continue Reading..
Pull Yourself Out of the Work Zone and into Your CPA’s Office By Judy Heft

Pull Yourself Out of the Work Zone and into Your CPA’s Office

Despite the warm temperatures, if you look closely, you'll see that some of the leaves are beginning to change colors and some are even falling. Soon, the air will catch up and cool down. With Labor Day over and the school busses on the streets, I'm thinking about fall and… Continue Reading..