Nothing is certain in life, the old saying goes, but death and taxes. And we’ll admit that, under most circumstances, neither subject is very uplifting to talk about. They can be pretty boring topics, too: Skimming through a stack of IRS paperwork may make you wish you were dead, and that’s even before you find out what you owe.

Nonetheless, both death and taxes – and the financial and legal intersection of the two – are critical topics for all of us. Making sure we’ve planned well, financially and otherwise, can ease our anxiety and make our lives more comfortable and fulfilling ... at least until the inevitable happens. Until then, you’ve got this guide.

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Making Peace: Death Doula Works to Eliminate Fearful Stigmas

death doulas provide non-medical support at the end of life

“It’s so taboo in America to talk about death,” said Betsy Munro Jeffrey, a Chippewa Falls-based death doula. “Death rates hold steady at 100%, yet we fear and deny that it will happen to us.”

What Are Powers of Attorney, and Why Do You Need Them?

an Eau Claire attorney answers questions about some vital documents you should have

It’s no exaggeration that most of of would rather think of anything else than about making challenging end-of-life decisions. But those decisions inevitably will have to be made ...

Tax-Aide Program Offers Free Help

AARP program provides free tax assistance; appointments a required

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide – which provides free tax-preparation assistance with an emphasis on helping taxpayers who are over 50 or have low to moderate incomes ...

Powers of Attorney: For Money and for Health

What’s the difference between a healthcare and financial power of attorney?

“Power of Attorney” sounds significant and complex, but it doesn’t have to be. Designating this power to a trusted spouse, family member, or friend is essential to making sure your interests ...

Tax Season in Wisconsin

what you should know about what you owe

Wisconsin’s tax season, like the federal tax season, officially began on Jan. 27. Filing activity is typically most brisk during the first few weeks and the last few weeks of the season ...

Life Insurance 101

Why do you need it? Because it’s the best way to protect your loved ones.

Life insurance is not exactly the most uplifting topic to discuss, but it is an important one. For this piece, I sat down with an expert in the matter: my husband, Dan Ekblad. Dan was a licensed insurance ...

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