How to Find the Right Lawyer for Your Needs

We have all heard the lawyer jokes, haven’t we? Ones like “How can you tell when a lawyer is lying? His lips are moving!” Well, as funny as that one is, it’s not a laughing matter when you actually need an attorney to help you in real personal or business matters. Whether it’s to prepare your will, make estate plans, resolve a tax issue, handle a personal injury claim, evict a tenant, draw up a business contract, defend against a civil lawsuit, or even handle a criminal proceeding, lawyers are invaluable professionals in navigating the complex legal maze and protecting your rights.

How to Find the Right Lawyer for Your Needs

The interesting part of needing the help of a good lawyer is that most of us really don’t know where to look or even begin. Unless you’re someone who has unfortunately dealt with lots of legal issues, you may think you can just look in the yellow pages, run a quick search on the internet or call some number you see advertised on TV. That’s probably not the best idea. But there are some ways you can find a lawyer who will meet your needs and become a real asset to you.Continue reading“How to Find the Right Lawyer for Your Needs”

Thanksgiving Roundup: Being Financially Thankful

Every year, Thanksgiving gives us a wonderful opportunity to sit around the table and celebrate with our family and friends by sharing the many things we have to be thankful about. It may be the fact that we can simply gather together and share the love or that we have our health or a roof over our heads and food on the table. There is always something to be thankful for! I hope for all of us it’s not just a day off from work or another day to watch football or shop for a bargain, even though for many people that may be how they spend part of the holiday. I hope it’s much more than that for you.

Thanksgiving Roundup: Being Financially Thankful

Having said that, I thought today on the eve before the eve before (at least here in the US), I’d look at Thanksgiving from a slightly different angle:

What was the single best financial decision or action this year for which I am most grateful? (click to tweet)

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Hidden Money Messages in 12 Popular Beatles Songs

I grew up at a perfect time to be a teenager. I was 14 in February 1964, just when the British Invasion came to America heralded by the arrival of the “Fab Four” known as the Beatles. It was their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. I don’t think there’s a teenager who saw that show who doesn’t remember that night and the exciting changes that occurred across the nation as a result. 70 million people tuned in to see John, Paul, George, and Ringo, and from that day to this one, music was just never the same.

During all my teen years, the Beatles influenced everything from fashion to politics and from culture to music trends. Some 50+ years later, you can still feel the influences. Beatlemania was unlike anything before, and I doubt it will be like anything in the future.

Hidden Money Messages in 12 Popular Beatles Songs

It occurred to me when reviewing a list of Beatles songs (there are over 200 original recordings), that many of their song titles can be interpreted as encrypted messages about financial fitness and personal development. I may be taking some liberties here (alright, a LOT of liberties), but I looked through the many titles and came up with the top 12 songs that I have twisted into interpreted as money matter themes. I admit it’s a bit of a stretch, but I wouldn’t put it past them if there were actual hidden money messages for us all! Continue reading“Hidden Money Messages in 12 Popular Beatles Songs”

Goal Planning or Do You Believe in M.A.G.I.C.?

Just about everyone has dreams, hopes, and visions of what they want their lives, jobs, and families to be like. It’s our nature to think about these things and work towards our desired result. But how do you get there?

Goal Planning or Do You Believe in Magic?

A plan is the first step in achieving our goals and with no plan, getting where we want to be is very unlikely. “Winging it” just doesn’t cut it. Wishing and hoping, well you already know from your own life experiences that that doesn’t work either. So now you may be thinking, where do I go from here? Continue reading“Goal Planning or Do You Believe in M.A.G.I.C.?”

Even More Sunshine

With Labor Day passing, everyone’s thoughts seem to turn to back-to-school and the start of autumn. Even though we’ve had some of the hottest days of the summer recently, I’m already thinking about the cold weather that’s going to come our way soon enough, which brings me to my front door. My 26-year-old front door with gaps under and around it that let the cold air freely flow inside and the warm air (and my money!) escape outside.

I’ve been putting off its replacement for longer than I should, but I don’t want to spend another winter with this relic. So I had a company come to give me an estimate, and I really liked everything the man said, until he got to the price. I swear I heard something like “one million dollars” a la Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies. Time for some other estimates! I tried the contractor that my development recommends, and after leaving several messages, I’ve yet to receive so much as an acknowledgement. Strike two! Time to make some more calls.

Even More Sunshine

Meanwhile, back at the blog, things have been rolling along. Did you catch my Every Day Is Sunday post earlier this week? When you’re retired, the days can really blur together if you don’t set up some structure for yourself. I wish I had started planning my retirement activities before I actually retired, but I’m glad I started this blog to keep me busy…and it has kept me busy!Continue reading“Even More Sunshine”

50 Things I Know

Last week I faced up to the reality that I really don’t know everything when I shared with you 50 things I don’t know. Now granted that I didn’t list everything I truly do not know. But one thing is for certain, if I had done so you would still be reading that list and I would still be writing it! Life is full of inconsistencies that you just can’t grasp. Sometimes you can solve them and sometimes they remain a complete mystery. But here’s the beauty part: there are many things I know! These are truths and practices that are simple and make life better every day, so please allow me to share. See if you agree and know them too!

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Storage Units: Do’s and Don’ts to Save Money

It’s a fact of life today that you may find yourself in a situation where you’ll have to rent a storage unit. You see them practically everywhere you go these days and there are a slew of reasons why people are renting them more than ever. Although I have used a storage unit just once in my life, I did my homework first in order to save some money when using a storage unit was my only alternative.

Storage Units: Do's and Don'ts to Save Money

Some of the reasons people use storage units make perfect sense and are almost unavoidable. For example, if you’re moving your residence and your new place isn’t ready just yet, storage units can be a lifesaver so you can either sell your home (or get out of a lease) when you want and have your belongings protected until move-in day arrives.Continue reading“Storage Units: Do’s and Don’ts to Save Money”

50 Things I Don’t Know

Usually what I write on this blog centers around what I know. But I don’t know everything, in fact, there’s a whole lot I don’t know. Surprised to hear me admit that? As much as I enjoying telling anyone who will read or listen about everything I know, there is plenty I don’t know or understand. Some things are easy to find out and learn, from life experience, formal education, or learning from observation. But many others seem to be part of the “eternal mysteries of life”.

50 Things I Don't Know

Today I’m going to share with you some of those mysteries, at least from my point of view:Continue reading“50 Things I Don’t Know”