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Hunter Kuffel

Savings, Retirement and Investing Expert

Hunter Kuffel is a personal finance writer with expertise in savings, retirement and investing. Hunter is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance® (CEPF®) and a member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and currently lives in New York City.

Posts by Hunter Kuffel:

by Hunter Kuffel Mar 20, 2019

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) often get lumped together or confused for each other, despite being two distinct government programs. This is understandable: They are both government disability assistance programs with very similar acronyms. That said, the two programs have some key differences, including the requirements for eligibility. If you’re experiencing a disability (be it temporary or permanent), you’ll want to know how each program functions. Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Mar 19, 2019

Prenuptial agreements, commonly known as prenups, are agreements that couples sign before marriage. They specify how assets will be divided in the event of a divorce. Prenups have become more common and less taboo in current times. However, misconceptions about the purpose of a prenup still persist. Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Mar 13, 2019

The executor of a will has a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of the estate. This means that the law prevents you from acting in your own interest to the detriment of the estate. As an extension of this duty, executors also have several responsibilities to the beneficiaries of the will. We’ll go through the most notable responsibilities executors have, as well as what they don’t have an obligation to do. Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Mar 13, 2019

When most people think of executing a will, they might think only of delivering inherited assets to beneficiaries. However, there are actually several steps of the probate process that the executor… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Mar 13, 2019

Even if you die without a will or without naming an executor in your will, someone still has to take charge of managing and closing your estate. The person who assumes this role is typically called… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Mar 12, 2019

Investing in government bonds is a great way to diversify your investment portfolio. This is because your money is backed by the full faith of the U.S. government, so there’s virtually no risk of… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Mar 12, 2019

Applying for your Social Security benefits is less of a daunting process than it may seem, especially since the Social Security Administration (SSA) allows you to apply online. Once you’ve determined… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Mar 12, 2019

The executor of a will is in charge of making sure the wishes of the deceased are carried out, as well as handling the final affairs of the estate. The executor has authority from the county probate… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Mar 12, 2019

One of the most crucial aspects of estate planning is appointing people you trust to step in for you when you can’t act for your self. Two of the most prominent of these roles are the executor of… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Mar 12, 2019

When it comes to planning your estate, choosing who to name as your executor is an important choice to make. Your executor has a range of duties, including paying your debts, navigating your estate… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Mar 11, 2019

Setting up a trust can be great way to control how your assets are distributed to your heirs after you pass away. Trusts are in many ways more flexible than wills in managing an estate’s assets. When… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Mar 11, 2019

Serving as the executor of a will can be a time-consuming endeavor that takes up a lot of mental bandwidth. It can be hard to keep straight the various forms, procedures and duties. To make the… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Mar 11, 2019

Executors have broad authority from the courts to navigate an estate through the probate process. However, there are limits on what executors can do. These limitations stem mostly from an executor’s… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Mar 08, 2019

When you serve as the executor of a will, you’ll need to grapple with a lot of paperwork as you coordinate the distribution of assets and property. Rest assured that whatever step of the probate… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Mar 08, 2019

Serving as the executor of a will can be a bigger time commitment than many people might expect. Not only do you need to oversee the transfer of assets to the proper beneficiaries, but you also need… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Mar 08, 2019

The executor of a will plays a very important role in the process of closing a deceased individual’s estate. Although many think of executors as simply the people who inform heirs of what they’ve… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Mar 04, 2019

Some people may feel guilty about taking money for serving as the executor of a will. This is understandable, as the people you’ll be working with will undoubtedly be grieving. (Indeed, you may be… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Feb 28, 2019

Although it’s never fun to think about, estate planning is an important part of life, especially as we grow older. Many people choose to create a last will and testament to dictate how to bequeath… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Feb 25, 2019

There’s plenty to consider when it comes to deciding where to retire. You’ll want an acceptable cost of living, access to hospitals and medical care, a tax burden that isn’t too severe and enough to… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Feb 19, 2019

401(k) plans are one of the most popular retirement plans in the U.S., having blown past pensions as the primary employer-sponsored plan. And unlike pensions, 401(k)s require participants to choose… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Feb 15, 2019

Investing in the stock market has been a great way to build long-term wealth for almost as long as the United States has been a country. And as retirements continue to increase with people’s… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Feb 25, 2019

Both pensions and 401(k) plans have at one time held the distinction of most popular employer-sponsored retirement plan in the country. However, due to the much higher cost on employers, pensions are… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Feb 13, 2019

When you leave a job where you had a 401(k) plan, you might choose to roll over that plan an individual retirement account (IRA). Such rollovers are fairly straightforward; the transfer of assets isn… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Feb 13, 2019

Although cryptocurrency has only been around for a short time, it’s already expanded into a wide, convoluted universe that can be difficult to understand for the uninitiated. But with Bitcoin and… Read more

by Hunter Kuffel Feb 07, 2019

Investment apps have exploded in popularity in recent years, with both existing brokerages and new companies offering mobile apps to help you invest. There are apps for all kinds of investors, from… Read more