Assets are everything that you own that can be used for the payment of debt. Assets could include cars, a house, land, bank accounts, stocks and bonds, even items like furniture, clothing, jewelry and collectibles. To calculate net worth, subtract everything you owe from the sum total of your assets. Learn more about your assets and what they mean in different transactions on this page.
I received this email from a long-time reader of my nationally-syndicated column, which she reads in the Columbus dispatch every Sunday. I think it's a question a lot of readers have, so I'm answering it here. Q: I have a question for you. Since Donald Trump won the election and became president-elect, I hear a [...]
Family and money—the combination can be tricky, and when it comes to talking about finances with aging parents, years of communication and family culture can often get in the way. That’s why many financial professionals say that using a sensitive, respectful, and tactful tone with adult parents may make financial conversations easier. “It is a [...]
Q: What happens, if a person passes away and no one files probate because the estate has no assets? Do any of the deceased relatives become liable for taxes owed by the person that died? Would the relatives have to pay off the debts to the dead person’s creditors? A: When a person dies, the [...]
Property seizure by Medicaid to pay medical bill is possible if homeowner is delinquent on payments with no other assets. Medicaid can seize property to pay medical bills. Seniors needing assistance to pay medical bills may receive Medicaid coverage. Seniors with funds are expected to pay medical bills or face property seizure for Medicaid. Medicaid can seize property and other assets to pay for outstanding medical bills.
A Florida homeowner asks how to avoid probate for her estate. She wants to leave her condo to her son but does not want him to pay probate costs. Can she set up a transfer on death deed so that her son avoids probate? Probate laws vary by state and so she should consult an estate attorney to better understand Florida probate laws.
A woman tries to reclaim assets after her father's death. Before dying he lived with his mother and gave her power of attorney to handle his affairs. The woman says her grandmother passed on a car and house when the father left them to her (his daughter). What can the woman do to get the car and the house back? What rights did the power of attorney give to the grandmother?
Can a creditor put a lien on your house or property if you're in jail? If a creditor is able to get a judgment against a debtor, the creditor can go after assets owned by the debtor: bank accounts, cars and real estate. Whether you're incarcerated does not matter, but most states have time limits for creditors to pursue judgments against debtors.
When you own commercial real estate with a former spouse and decide to remarry it may require clarifying the assets you hold. To resolve who's liable for paying the mortgages, it may mean signing a quit claim deed or other documents. But before signing anything about your commercial real estate holdings, you should consult with an attorney to understand what you're signing. And before getting married, inquire about a future spouse's financial obligations.
If an elderly relative owns a home and quit claims it to you before going into a nursing home the home may be at risk for the Medicaid lookback rule. The Medicaid lookback rule may allow the government to try to recover medical costs by selling an asset such as a home. How does Medicaid treat quit claim deeds? Discover what documentation to gather to protect the home.
Today on the Ilyce Glink Show, Ilyce talked about Integrity Bank, the Alpharetta, Ga.-based bank that failed on Friday. It was the 10th bank to fail this year. Regions Financial Corp has assumed the assets of Integrity Bank and all of its 5 branches will reopen on Tuesday as Regions Bank branches, according to the FDIC. Ilyce answered questions about CDs held by Integrity and also how to find out ratings information on banks. She also talked about the skyrocketing numbers of mortgage loan fraud that took place in the second quarter of the year, and answered questions on credit card debt charged up by an ex-spouse, whether it's a good idea to finance the purchase of a new car using a check from a credit card company, how to calculate the profit from the sale of a personal residence, whether "subject to" contracts are a good idea, whether a VA loan is better than a conventional mortgage and how to talk to a 93-year-old dad about his assets. For show notes and updates through the week, check out her blog at www.thinkglink.com/blog , and sign up for her free weekly newsletter on the ThinkGlink.com home page. Check out the videos at www.expertrealestatetips.net. And be sure to subscribe to her YouTube channel.