Getting Your Documents Together at the End of the Year

End of year preparations are in full swing at Judith Heft & Associates, and today I’d like to share some of the best practices we have developed over the past 18 years. We start with three folders for each client: Anything that’s going to be on a client’s income tax… Continue Reading..

Holiday Tipping Advice

While you may not feel the need to tip everyone wearing a reindeer hat and gesturing towards a tip jar with a cute saying on it, remembering the people who work in your home during the holidays is the right thing to do. Whether someone is helping you with your… Continue Reading..

Applying for a Mortgage? Don’t Forget Your Paperwork!

Guest Author Lyle J. Katz It is important to be prepared when applying for a mortgage. Ensuring that all of the required documents are ready and available will ease the application process. When being approved for a home mortgage loan, 3 main components are taken into account: The applicant’s credit… Continue Reading..

College Credit Card Debt

Like everything, there is a time and place for using credit cards. They allow students to build up their credit scores, as long as they can steer clear of potential risks. Anyone should be leery of anything offered as free, to pay later. Especially impulsive college students who need school… Continue Reading..

Identity Theft on Campus

20% of identity thefts are friendly fraud. Fraud done by people you know. College students are especially at risk because of the social nature of living in dorms. It’s not uncommon for students to let someone else borrow a laptop - and they rarely, if ever, create a second user… Continue Reading..

No Benefit of the Doubt in Credit Reporting

Of those, 1 out of every 5 have mistakes that adversely affect their credit scores. Considering how important credit is for people to build their business and their lives, credit reporting agencies have an obligation to fix these errors. But they don’t. So what are some of their most common… Continue Reading..

Case Study: Elder Financial Abuse

Starting in March, Social Security will require that all beneficiaries receive their payments electronically. As I was explaining this major change to some apprehensive seniors, I was reminded of how intimidating financial matters can be for them, and how vulnerable some of them are to scams. Elder financial abuse has… Continue Reading..

The Duty of a Financial Concierge

My role as a financial concierge is more than just paying bills and balancing checkbooks. I look out for my clients’ best interests in a broad sense, going above and beyond to advocate on their behalf. Paying attention to detail It happens: bills go unpaid. People may neglect their bills… Continue Reading..