Starting Out or Starting Over

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Life is full of decisions. Some are easy, but others take a little more thought. If you were lucky enough to have your own personal lawyer explain all of life's major choices, the fear and frustration of wondering if you made the right choice would disappear. With Starting Out or Starting Over you can have that same confidence that comes from expert advice. Using checklists with supporting worksheets and sample letters, Starting Out or Starting Over explains in a direct, specific and easy-to-understand manner ...
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Overview

Life is full of decisions. Some are easy, but others take a little more thought. If you were lucky enough to have your own personal lawyer explain all of life's major choices, the fear and frustration of wondering if you made the right choice would disappear. With Starting Out or Starting Over you can have that same confidence that comes from expert advice. Using checklists with supporting worksheets and sample letters, Starting Out or Starting Over explains in a direct, specific and easy-to-understand manner what you need to know to get on with your life. Don't be confused or feel that you've lost control. Knowledge is power. Starting Out or Starting Over gives you the expert information you need to make smart decisions - Now!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572484542
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Section I The Basics-Work and Money
Chapter 1 Your Job 3
Employment Contracts
Terms Used in Employment Contracts
Checklist for Employment Contracts
Employment Benefits
Checklist of Employment Benefits
Paperwork for New Employees
Checklist for New Employees
Form W-4
Changing Employment
Checklist for Ending Employment
Chapter 2 Managing Finances 29
Checklist for Managing Your Finances
Addresses for Major Credit Reporting Agencies
How to Handle Your Checking Account
Checklist of Dos and Don'ts for Checking Accounts
Terms Used in Banking
Tax-Qualified Retirement Plans
Types of Retirement Plans
Things to Do to Provide for Possible Death or Disability
Checklist of Things to Do to Provide for Possible Death or Disability
Chapter 3 Your Income Taxes 53
Terms Used in Income Tax Matters
Free Publications from the IRS
Federal Tax Rates
FICA (Social Security and Medicare)
W-2s and 1099s
Form W-2
Form 1099
Filing Tax Returns
Checklist for Preparing for Tax Time
Selecting and Using an Accountant or Other Tax Preparer
Sample Fax to an Accountant
Sample Response Fax from an Accountant
Sample Email to an Accountant
Sample Response Email from an Accountant
Dealing with the IRS and State Taxing Authorities
Section II The Necessities-Home and Car
Chapter 4 Renting An Apartment 79
Finding an Apartment
Checklist for Finding an Apartment
Dealing with Real Estate Brokers
Checklist for Dealing with Real Estate Brokers
Your Lease
Terms Used in Leases
Checklist for Your Lease
Complaints and Requests
Checklist for Complaints and Requests
Sample Complaint Letter to Landlord
Dealing with a Roommate
Checklist for Dealing with a Roommate
Apartment Insurance
Terms Used in Apartment Insurance Policies
Checklist for Apartment Insurance
Making a Claim under Your Apartment Insurance Policy
Checklist for Making a Claim under Your Apartment
Insurance Policy
Sample Letter to Apartment Insurance Company
Chapter 5 Automobiles 103
Should I Buy a Car?
Checklist of Costs of Owning a Car
Buying a Car
Checklist for Buying a Car
Financing the Purchase of a Car
Car Inspections
Checklist for Car Inspections
Automobile Insurance
Checklist of Components of Automobile Insurance
Accidents
Checklist for Handling Accidents
Chapter 6 Buying A House 125
Checklist for Buying a House
Terms Used in Buying a House
Contract to Buy a House
Checklist for Contract to Buy a House
Homeowners Insurance
Checklist for Homeowners Insurance
Closing
Checklist for House Closing
Repairs and Improvements to Your House
Section III The Essentials-Insurance and Medical Care
Chapter 7 Liability Insurance 161
Checklist for Obtaining Liability Insurance
Chapter 8 Medical Care 169
Checklist of Types of Medical Insurance
Selecting an HMO
Terms Used in HMO Provider Agreements
Checklist of Factors to Consider in Selecting an HMO
Sample Worksheet for Comparing HMOs
Forming a Relationship with Your HMO
Checklist for Forming a Relationship with Your HMO
Specialists, Testing, Drugs, and Other Medical Care
Checklist for Obtaining Specialists, Testing, Drugs, and Other Medical Care
Resolving Disputes
Checklist for Resolving Disputes with Your HMO
Sample Letter to HMO that Refuses to Provide a Specialist
Chapter 9 Life and Disability Insurance 207
Terms Used in Life Insurance Policies
Checklist for Purchasing Life Insurance
Disability Insurance
Checklist of Possible Sources of Money in the Event of Disability
Terms Used in Disability Insurance Policies
How to Obtain Disability Insurance
Checklist for Obtaining a Disability Insurance Policy
Making a Claim for Disability Benefits
Section IV The Lessons-Resolving Problems
Chapter 10 Buying Goods and Services 231
Checklist for What a Contract to Buy Goods should Include
Contract to Buy Services
Checklist for Contract to Buy Services
Guarantees and Warranties
Checklist for Guarantees and Warranties
Sample Letter to Someone Who is Selling Goods to You
Sample Letter to Someone Who is Providing Services to You
Chapter 11 Resolving Disputes 245
Checklist of Ways to Avoid Disputes
Handling Legal Disputes
Checklist for Writing a Legal Letter
Sample Letter Regarding Defective Repairs
Sample Letter to Bank Regarding Checking Account
Sample Letter Requesting Approval to See a Specialist
Sample Letter Regarding Lack of Trash Removal Services
Conclusion 261
Index 263
About the Author 268
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2004

    Knowledge is power.

    This book is a great reference for anyone who is starting their life in the 'real world.' All of the questions I had about insurance, retirement plans, job contracts and major purchases were answered in a straight-forward, easy-to-follow way. It wasn't just a book that explained what the issues I was dealing with were, it was a guide on how to manuver my way through them successfully.

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