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I Want to Donate My Organs When I Die: 5 Simple Steps

It can be hard to think about what will happen when you die, but it’s important to have a plan in place for the inevitable. While death is a hard topic to plan for, it’s important to be clear about what you want to happen. One option that can help other’s lives even after you’re gone is donating your organs. However, if you are considering this option, it’s important to make sure that you communicate your wishes early and clearly. It is illegal to buy or sell human body parts, so donating organs is a heavily regulated aspect of the healthcare industry. While the need for organs is exceptionally high worldwide, supply is often low for this reason. Thus, if you want to donate, there are import

Five Tips for Dealing with Harassing Creditors

Creditors can be one of the most stressful parts of bankruptcy proceedings. They call at odd times, often multiple times a day, and can sometimes be rude, disrespectful, and confrontational. While taking legal action will stop them (if you are represented by an attorney, creditors must go through the attorney regarding any debts you might owe), there are also steps you can take yourself to prepare yourself. Credit collection agencies are guided by a series of rules that prohibit unfair practices. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is an agency designed to prevent these unfair practices, and the ones who set the rules on what creditors can and cannot do to consumers. Under the Fair Debt

Why Your Inheritance is Smaller Than You Thought

It’s rare to look forward to the passing of a loved one, but many people can’t help but wonder about their future inheritances. Executors and trustees, who are in charge of handling the final affairs, typically have to share the information about the value of the estate to the heirs and beneficiaries, which makes it easy for those heirs to try and do some mental math and figure out their individual shares of the metaphorical pie. However, don’t go spending that money yet; often an inheritance is less than expected, because the estate usually has to settle a number of expenses before anyone can receive their shares. Creditor Claims - An executor or trustee has a legal duty to determine whet

Student Loan Debt and Bankruptcy: What You Need to Know

With school starting up again, student loans are probably weighing heavily on your mind. More jobs today require college degrees than in previous years, and the cost to attend a four-year college or university is only rising, even with COVID limiting in-person classes. According to the Institute of College Access and Success, the average loan for the class of 2018 was $29,200 and over 45 million borrowers in the United States collectively owe nearly $1.6 trillion in debt; that’s the second largest consumer debt category, only behind mortgage debt. Plenty of people struggle to make their loan payments each month, leading many to consider bankruptcy. What most people don’t realize is this: as

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