When it comes to estate planning, procrastinating is easy. The task of getting your house in order can seem daunting and the topic uncomfortable. In fact, while the majority of Americans believe that all adults should have an estate plan, only 44 percent have actually created one, according to a 2011 LexisNexis survey.
No doubt you have heard of people who buy junk at the swap meet or garage sale and sell it for a fortune on eBay, Craigslist, Amazon or any other of a dozen or so online seller sites. Maybe you are thinking you are a pretty savvy shopper and you cruise the garage sales so why not make it big with some discarded relic of the past that will bring your financial future more in line with your expectations? Before you go out treasure hunting, there are a few things you need to know.
A Southern Arizona lawmaker wants taxpayers from his area — and around the entire state — to help Glendale pay its costs of hosting next year's Super Bowl. And Gov. Jan Brewer, a Glendale resident, said she's willing to consider it, though she's not yet sold on the idea.
Dr. Anna Battle, principal at Desert Vista High School, will be recommended to the Tempe Union High School District (TUHSD) Governing Board on Feb. 5 as the new assistant superintendent for district operations.
Recently, a 16-year-old Texan, named Ethan Couch, was sentenced to just 10 months probation and a year-long treatment program for driving drunk, killing four people and injuring nine. His parents are paying $450,000 a year for the addiction center, which sounds more like a resort.
Two of our nation’s most vital means for providing food security in the fight against hunger are the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and food banks. SNAP serves 47 million people and food banks provide food to 37 million Americans.
Wealth management, retirement and legacy planning are challenges for everyone, but there are particular issues to consider in passing assets along to surviving partners, particularly for same-sex couples. Your wishes most likely won’t happen unless you have legal documents in place that clearly direct that your domestic partner will inherit some or all of your assets.
Luke’s Gospel has the fullest account of Jesus’ birth. In Luke 2:11 an angel of the Lord says, “To you is born this day a Savior … who is the Messiah, the Lord.” It’s easy to miss the operative words “to you.”
As you survey the political landscape, what do you see? Support for capitalism and liberty or an intransigent proclivity for control and political power? Intellectual pragmatism or crony capitalism? The truth of history or the lies of an imaginary future? The support of economic growth or the oppressive regulations of socialism?
I was born on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 1926. I tell people I came out of a turkey but I’ve been trying to fly like an eagle all my life. So you can imagine my thoughts if God gave me one wish before I check out.
Those with a passion for genealogy research or others who are novices but want to trace their family roots, will find a wealth of helpful tips and tools at the second annual Mesa AZ Family History Conference on Oct. 26.
Generally speaking, if you’re efficient at a particular task, you’ll get good results without wasting effort. As you’ve already learned from your life experiences, it’s usually far better to be efficient at something than to be inefficient — and that’s certainly true with investing.
America’s middle class used to be the proud backbone of our economy. They made things, things of value that other people would pay for. Not only did the middle class prosper, they were the driver of America’s emergence as the world’s economic superpower.
As African-American males in Arizona, we are stunned though not altogether surprised at the bold assumptions, presumptions, and downright racist stereotypes Linda Turley-Hansen offers in “Not racism, and not guns; it’s moral absence that’s doing the killing” (AFN, Sept. 6).
Mark your calendar for the second annual Business Expo and Luncheon coming up on Sept. 17 at the Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 Arizona Grand Pkwy. in Phoenix. Hosted by the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Women in Business, the community is invited to attend and network with a diverse range of local businesses during the expo. This is a great opportunity to meet your business neighbor face-to-face.
In the 2012 presidential campaign, President Obama claimed Detroit as evidence of his successful policies: “We refused to let Detroit go bankrupt. We bet on American workers and American ingenuity and, three years later, that is paying off in a big way.”
Entrepreneurship fuels Ahwatukee’s economic innovation and prosperity. But did you know that when you shop at locally owned businesses, your money is recirculated over and over? With every $100 that is spent at a local retailer, $68 will return to the community through taxes and payroll. These dollars create wealth and additional sales tax revenue to pay for things like parks, libraries, and city services.