October 8, 2018

Why Prenuptial And Postnuptial Agreements Lead To Stronger Marriages And Prevent Disastrous Divorces – You can’t predict the future. The hard truth is that the way you feel about your partner today may not be the way you feel as life evolves. Marriage is wonderful. Marriage is difficult. That is why it is so important to have level-headed discussions about what might happen if your feelings change in the future now, when you are sitting on the same side of the table and both truly want what is best for each other.

Record Corporate Debt And The Next Financial Crisis: 5 Things Investors Need To Know – It’s been 10 years since the worst financial crisis the Great Depression tanked the world economy and wiped out $34 trillion in global equity market capitalization.

What to consider when buying a home amid rising mortgage rates – Many economists say mortgage rates will continue to trend upward this year and peak around 5 percent at most, which is still below average. Mortgage rates averaged consistently above 10 percent every year between 1979 and 1990 and then eased down to a range from 6 to 8 percent between 1992 and 1998, according to Freddie Mac’s records.

August 3, 2018

Keep your divorce civil but formal – While it’s tempting to sort out the details yourself, mistakes and oversights could prove very costly.

How To Kick Debt To The Curb: Advice From The Experts – According to the latest data from the NY Fed, total consumer debt is now at an all time high of $13.2 trillion. That equates to an average of over $40,000 owed by every single American across mortgages, student loans, auto loans, and credit cards. So much debt can certainly feel overwhelming and helpless.

Average U.S. mortgage rates rise; 30-year at 4.60 percent – WASHINGTON •  Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose for the second straight week, continuing to dampen prospects for potential homebuyers.

July 16, 2018

4 Reasons To Finalize Your Divorce In 2018 To Save Money – If your marriage is on the rocks, you need to be thoughtful about the timing of decisions — the government has recently enacted many tax laws that impact divorcing couples, especially those with high net worth. Tax codes are confusing in the best of times. This – let’s be honest – is not the best of times, which makes it more important that you understand how these new laws affect you.

How to Consolidate Your Debt – Once you’ve decided to consolidate your debt, there are several necessary steps you need to take so that it’s ultimately beneficial for you.

Key mortgage rates mixed for Monday – Mortgage rates moved in different directions today. The average for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was unchanged, but the average rate on a 15-year fixed tapered off. The average rate on 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages, or ARMs, the most popular type of variable rate mortgage, climbed.

July 9, 2018

Choosing mediation over litigation – Insurance claims is a difficult business. Frequently, the claimants and insurers seem to have opposite goals. The claimant may feel that the carrier does not understand the loss the insured has sustained, and has no empathy.

My Big Fat Divorce – Learning About Your Options Through The Ending Of A Hollywood Marriage – In 2002 a very funny movie came out. My Big Fat Greek Wedding is the story of a Greek woman who falls in love with a non-Greek man. Hilarity ensues as they plan their wedding and meld their families and cultures. Actress Nia Vardalos wrote, produced and starred in the film which is loosely based on the real life events surrounding her marriage to Ian Gomez; who played the best man in the film.

Construction jobs rise; will housing inventory do the same? – The latest news out of the Bureau of Labor Statistics may bode well for the housing market — and Americans looking to buy into it. According to the BLS’s recent jobs report, construction employment was up by 13,000 in June and has risen by more than 280,000 since the start of the year.

June 22, 2018

How to Ask Your Spouse for Business Advice, According to This Divorce Lawyer – While having a spouse who is also an entrepreneur definitely has its perks, it can create some really problematic situations, especially around risk-taking, work-life balance and the inevitable competition. My husband and I are definitely a work in progress when it comes to running businesses, parenting and adulting. But as far as when and how to seek feedback from each other, we’ve got that down.

Confessions of a debt collector – If a business has debt and doesn’t pay, a debt collection agency will be on the hunt to track the money down. That’s where Dean Kaplan comes in. As CEO of The Kaplan Group, a commercial collections agency that deals with business debt, his company has collected tens of millions of dollars to return to their clients.

Despite Dip, Mortgage Rates Move Above 5% For Many Americans – The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate has dipped to 4.57%, from 4.62% a week ago. Although rates have been inching upwards over the last few months, they are still near historic lows. The time series from the St. Louis Fed reminds us that rates were closer to 6% in 2005 and 8% in 2000.

June 4, 2018

5 Crucial Steps To Make Your Divorce Less Painful – Divorce. This was not a word on your mind the day you said, “I do.” But here you are. Your “I do” has turned into “I don’t.” Whether you saw this coming or are reeling from a sideways blow, you are about to make a series of decisions.  It’s likely that none of them seem to have any good options. Yet, virtually every decision could have significant financial, legal and relational impact for you, your soon-to-be ex-spouse and any children involved regardless of age. Many will have ripple effects for extended family, community and social circles as well.

Don’t Know Your Mortgage Rate? Here’s Why That’s Bad – In fact, according to a recent study by Bankrate, a whopping 29 percent of homeowners don’t know their current mortgage rate.

Foreclosure can creep up on you at the most inopportune time. Here’s how to deal with it – Buying a home is a glorious occasion but for some it can lead to high blood pressure, suicide and even murder. An American Journal of Public Health study found that foreclosure has likely contributed to a rise in suicide rates.