<![CDATA[Money Manners | KansasCity.com &]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/star-magazine/money-manners/ en-us Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:16:44 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:16:44 CST Money Manners 60 interactive-ops@herald-leader.com Tuition fundraisers aren’t the new normal http://www.kansascity.com/living/star-magazine/money-manners/article10599602.html#storylink=rss DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: Friends have invited my sister to a “fundraiser spaghetti feed” to raise money for their daughter. The “door charge” is $20 per person, and there also will be a raffle and a silent auction. It seems that “Taylor,” who is 20, needs $8,200 for tuition and expenses to enroll in a program where she will earn a certificate as a dog obedience instructor. To me, this event is terrible on every level.

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Sat, 21 Feb 2015 06:00:00 CST

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Brother stole from mom, so make him pay it back http://www.kansascity.com/living/star-magazine/money-manners/article9692450.html#storylink=rss DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: After my father passed away in 2008, my brother Jake offered to take Dad and Mom’s life savings and invest it for Mom. Since our father had always taken care of their money, Mom was happy to have Jake’s help. Long story short, my brother lost his job and used all of Mom’s savings, about $95,000, to live on. When Mom could no longer afford to live in her own home, my husband and I took her in.

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 06:00:00 CST

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Contact lawyer, not vindictive sister, about father’s trust http://www.kansascity.com/living/star-magazine/money-manners/article9216767.html#storylink=rss DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: My sister is mad at me because I wouldn’t give her what she claimed was “her share” of our mother’s ashes when Mom died. Now our father has died, and my sister, who’s his co-executor, is being vindictive.

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Sat, 07 Feb 2015 06:00:00 CST

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Get a lawyer to play hardball with ex-wife http://www.kansascity.com/living/star-magazine/money-manners/article7951953.html#storylink=rss Also: Why kids don’t have a right to see parents’ finances and how best to return extra donations for cat’s vet bills.

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Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Mom should not expect reimbursement for gifted bridesmaid dresses http://www.kansascity.com/living/star-magazine/money-manners/article7854363.html#storylink=rss Also: Who pays when a dog bites another dog; and a daugther who is financially overextended.

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Sat, 24 Jan 2015 06:00:00 CST

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If you know what’s detailed in trust, you’ll know what you’re due http://www.kansascity.com/living/star-magazine/money-manners/article6307029.html#storylink=rss DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: My grandparents put their home and farm into a living trust. After they died, the property was managed by my uncle, and my three siblings and I were supposed to inherit it when he died. Well, he passed three years ago, and my brother became the trustee, but not much else has happened. My siblings and I get a small check after each crop is sold, but my mother thinks we’re getting very little money compared with what the crops are worth. Meanwhile, my brother has never said anything about our inheritance.

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Sat, 17 Jan 2015 06:00:00 CST

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Be honest with in-laws about finances http://www.kansascity.com/living/star-magazine/money-manners/article5517876.html#storylink=rss DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: I own a piece of investment real estate, a house, that I recently rented to my mother-in-law. She’s living on a fixed income, so I’m charging her only half of what the place normally rents for. I made her promise, though, not to tell anyone about the sweetheart deal I’ve given her. That’s because my wife is one of eight children, and I don’t want the others thinking I’m made of money and coming to me with their hands out any more than they already do.

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Sat, 10 Jan 2015 06:00:00 CST

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It’s time for well-off sister to start paying for CPA services http://www.kansascity.com/living/star-magazine/money-manners/article5167782.html#storylink=rss DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: I’m a CPA, and every year I prepare my siblings’ and their spouses’ tax returns. I don’t charge them for the work I do, even though some of their returns are complicated and the paperwork they provide me with often is a mess. While I’m OK with preparing returns for my two siblings who don’t earn much, I don’t see why I should be preparing them for the one who in recent years has been making tons of money. Shouldn’t she and her husband at least be offering to pay me?

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Sat, 03 Jan 2015 06:00:00 CST

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Being a good friend means not condoning humiliation by ex http://www.kansascity.com/living/star-magazine/money-manners/article4919496.html#storylink=rss DEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: My good friend “Amy” recently went through a very ugly divorce. As it happens, the man she divorced and I are both members of a local young professionals organization, a group that’s important to my career. Because he cheated on her, then behaved very badly when she filed for divorce, Amy expects me to give her ex the cold shoulder whenever I see him.

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Sat, 27 Dec 2014 06:00:00 CST

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Share financial information if your relationship is serious http://www.kansascity.com/living/star-magazine/money-manners/article4502378.html#storylink=rss Also: Parents who loaned daughter money deserve their money back when asked; and a brother-in-law makes a crazy grief request of family.

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Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:00:00 CST

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