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Estate Planning Tips for Homeowners

By Mallory Kallabat DID YOU KNOW: After your death, assets titled in your individual name cannot be transferred to your beneficiaries without probate court proceedings, which are time consuming and costly. Here are two ways

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Home Decorating Tips

Professional decorators see the same decorating faux pas repeatedly. Hey, it’s only natural that those of us who don’t do it for a living are winging it. One of the mistakes most frequently made by novices is that we don't pay attention to scale. Specifically, some of the items we

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New Smart Products for Your Home

Technology offers countless solutions for making life easier, with many more products and applications arriving in the not-too-distant future! Here are just a few examples of ways to make your home “smart.”  Cooking is a snap Snap a photo of a barcode on a prepackaged meal and cooking instructions are

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Effects of the New Tax Law on Estate Planning

by Michael P. Witzke,  Attorney At Law, McDonald Hopkins The new law takes effect for tax years beginning after 2017 and most provisions dealing with individual tax reform and transfer taxes are effective for taxable years 2018 – 2025. The Basic Exclusion Amount doubled from 5 million to 10 million (indexed for infla

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Southernmost Hospitality

  Sick and tired of the cold weather? Are you looking for sun, waves, and warm temperatures? Do you own an RV? If you answered yes to all of the above, then check out the following location! Voted one of America’s Top Ten RV Parks to visit by the Travel Channel, Boyd’s Key West Campground features oceanfront campsites, a heated swimming pool, beach area, a marina, 24-hour security, & free wireless internet. Located just a few miles from the fun on Duvall Street and downtown Key West, it i

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Unusual & Free RV Parking Spots

Did you know that some small towns offer a free one-night stay in their city-sponsored park or campground? This is done to encourage tourists to visit their business district with the hope that they will spend money during their stay. Another option that might surprise you are casinos. As long as you are a patron, many casinos welcome RVs with open arms! Some large retailers such as Walmart, Kmart, supermarkets, and some malls and restaurants may provide free RV pa

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Challenges of Full-Time RV Living

  If you’re contemplating an RV lifestyle, you should know what to expect. It will not all be fun and games! By knowing what to anticipate and how others have dealt with similar situations, you will be able to recognize your concerns and fears as normal. Here are some challenges of full-time RV living that you may not have considered: Maintenance: There is no sending the RV to the shop for days to get fixed or havin

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RV Retirement: Living the Dream

  Many empty-nesters hit the road in their own little home on wheels. Some sell the “family home” and invest in adventure, spending their golden years exploring and discovering new places one road at a time. Since RV retirement is relatively inexpensive, “Living the Dream” has become a reality for thousands of people who choose to spend at least

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Cruise Ship Retirement: Is It Right For You?

Some retirees opt for luxury cruise ship living on a semi full-time basis, with unlimited food prepared for them, maid service, entertainment venues, exercise options, access to health care and the ability to see the world. Between sailing stints, they often stay with family or friends, rent a short-term apartment or a long-term hotel room. Although this might be an appealing alternative to traditional retirement, it is not right for everyone. To

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