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..

Looking Out For The Elderly

I look out for their welfare. Unfortunately, the world is full of shady characters trying to make a quick buck off seniors, legally or illegally. That is why I had to have an “intervention” with a potential client I spoke to last week. She called me and indicated she was interested… Continue Reading..

Tax Return Identity Theft

Recently I was talking to an accountant friend of mine and he was telling me about one of his clients who had fallen victim to a serious scam. It all started when this person received a notice from the IRS telling him that he was due a refund from his… 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..
Judith Heft | What's in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

I recently read an article in the New York Times about the balance between work and family. Specifically, how some women choose to keep their maiden names because they have built a career using it -- and how many of those same women change to their married name in order… 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..

Identity Theft: Falling Through The Cracks In A Foreign Land

Imagine falling through the cracks. It’s a scary feeling to find yourself in, especially if you are in a foreign country. But that’s exactly what happened to my friend Jane -- not her real name. She was abroad during a recent vacation when the ramifications of identity theft reared their… Continue Reading..

Spending Plans

The word “budget” is perhaps the only four-letter word that has six letters. That is why I don’t do budgets with my clients. We figure out spending plans instead. And each spending plan I help to draw up is as unique as the person it is tailored to. However, no… Continue Reading..

What’s the State of Your Estate?

I was shocked recently to read that 70% of all Americans do not have a will. That’s really like saying 70% of all Americans are driving without insurance - and some of them are doing it with kids in the car. The bug causing this epidemic is the perception that… Continue Reading..