For many years there has been no means by which to save tax-deferred money for a child with disabilities without placing at risk their government entitlements. But in 2014, Congress created Achieving Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts.
Prior to the creation of the ABLE accounts, individuals with disabilities who were eligible for Medicaid or federal Supplemental Security Income were limited to a maximum of $2,000 in assets, such as bank savings accounts.
ABLE accounts now allow disabled people to have up to $100,000 in these accounts without jeopardizing their Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income.
ABLE accounts are fashioned after qualified state tuition programs, sometimes referred to as Section 529 plans. Although there is no tax... Read More
Reach your financial goals by taking a business leader's approach to your family's finances.
By Susannah Snider, Staff Writer |May 3, 2018, at 10:45 a.m.
How to Be the CFO of Your Financial Household
Consider it a promotion. From now on, you are more than a humble household money manager, a bill payer and a check writer.
Instead, you are the chief financial officer of your household. You're the CFO of your finances, the C-suite executive of your personal capital. No corner office is required, but you're welcome to make business cards if you'd like.
Your new role as household CFO will require... Read More
Lili Vasileff is quoted in a recent article by Brittney Laryea for Magnify Money on how to handle a spouse who is chronically overspending. Lili says, "Financial infidelity is not a financial exercise, its an emotional exercise. Sometimes overspending may be the result of miscommunication, emergency spending, or unrelated, deeply seated emotional issues like an addiction."
How to confront an overspending spouse
By Brittney Laryea for MagnifyMoney.com - February 15, 2017
You’ve brown-bagged lunch for weeks and even cut out your morning latte and other non-essential purchases because you and your partner agreed to save up for your next vacation. A few months into saving, you’re riding in the passenger’s... Read More
In this article published in Bloomberg News, Lili Vasileff contributes to a discussion of the state of information sharing in marriages -- especially when it comes to financial details. Lili says, ‘‘Most couples don’t share fully financial details about private accounts, the nature of investments, or the amount of savings." By Suzanne Woolley
Published in Bloomberg News, August 31, 2016
Trust of politicians in America seems to have reached a new low in this election season.
But who would have guessed how little trust exists across the kitchen table?
Many American couples don’t share even basic financial details of their retirement savings account, beyond the fact that they have one. Twenty-one percent of couples either married... Read More
As Baby Boomers approach the last hurdle before the magic retirement age of 65, it is becoming increasingly newsworthy that growing legions of older Americans are untying the marital knot. With this trend for “gray” divorces, there are several challenges: dividing one household into two; re-evaluating near term retirement and estate planning goals; addressing gaps in health insurance coverages; re-examining investment decisions for longer life expectancies. It is truly a “perfect storm” where not only are your financial goals turned upside down, but planning is further complicated by emotional and psychological turmoil affecting your rational decision-making.
As you approach your golden years, you realize you may be heading toward divorce. Now you start asking questions: how does one start the process, how much is it going to cost, and how long does it take?
Many Baby Boomers have misconceptions about divorce. These misconceptions arise from all sorts of people who mean well but mislead when sharing their own experiences and “knowledge from the battlefield”. Everyone has a story to tell. It seems that either they came through divorce reasonably well or they are financially devastated by divorce. The perils of not knowing what lie ahead seem enormous. Your anxiety is clearly growing as it becomes increasingly confusing to know... Read More
In this article by Jean Chatzky for Fortune.com, Lili Vasileff contributes to the discussion of recent research that finds many more men than women have bank accounts or credit cards that their spouse or live-in partner don’t know about. Should a married woman have a slush fund…a stash of cash that her spouse doesn’t have access to and maybe doesn’t even know about?
Lili says: “The idea of a secret puts up a flag. The idea of something being secret is that you’re fearful of being discovered…the more this idea of secrecy starts to creep in, the more you’re driving a wedge through your marriage.” So what to do?
In this news article by Anna Robaton for CNBC.com, Lili Vasileff offers her advice on the financial steps to take before exchanging vows. Lili says, "Set aside time to talk about money issues so that it becomes routine. This also minimizes the emotional impact of being caught unprepared to discuss money."
By Anna Robaton CNBC.com
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In the 14 months leading up to their wedding last September, Howard Gutman and his fiancé did what many other engaged couples do. They got... Read More