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When a Brokerage Account Holder Dies—What Comes Next? ©iStockphoto.com/Jodi Jacobson

When a Brokerage Account Holder Dies—What Comes Next?

Many firms have trained staff and resources to help the living address brokerage account estate matters. While specific procedures vary, brokerage firms tend to follow a fairly similar process of transitioning accounts to heirs and beneficiaries when a brokerage account owner dies. Once a firm has been notified of the death of an account holder, which should be done in a timely manner, here are some things you can expect.

Tapping Your 529 Plan for the First Time—Tips for Freshman Parents ©iStockphoto.com/Rawpixel Ltd

Tapping Your 529 Plan for the First Time—Tips for Freshman Parents

You've been saving for your child's higher education for a long time, and now it's time to start tapping it to pay for college costs. We all learn by doing, but when it comes to tax-advantaged savings such as a 529 College Savings Plan (where the IRS is looking over your shoulder), it's best not to make any rookie mistakes. Keep these tips in mind as you make your freshman withdrawals from your 529 savings account.

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