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September EFAP News: Lessening the Burden of Legal Matters

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FREE WEBINAR:

The Importance of  Having a Will

September 20th 12-1pm and 3-4pm    EST

11-12pm and 2-3pm  CST

10-11am and 1-3pm  MST

9-10am and 12-1pm  PST

There is much confusion about what you need to do preserve your wealth and end-of-life intentions. This webinar will focus on understanding basic will terminology, understanding why a will is important, the cost of wills and estate planning, and the pros and cons of various will options.

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FEATURED ARTICLE:

Understanding Why You Need a Will

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DIE AND I DON’T HAVE A WILL?

If you pass away and you don’t have a will, you become “intestate” or often the phrase is one of the following:  “he died intestate” or “intestate estate.” Intestate simply means you had the opportunity to create a will and didn’t, so based on the laws of your state, and the decision made by a judge appointed administrator, your estate will be divided as the administrator sees fit. Normally, in cases where one spouse passes, assets are divided between the living children and the surviving spouse.

For many reasons not having a will isn’t a good decision, such as:  1.) if you have property in multiple states, state laws may further complicate your estate and resolving any decisions involved with it which may tie up assets for months or years before they are awarded. 2.) A judge appointed administrator has no affiliation to you or your family, and their decisions are strictly legal and may not be the decisions you wanted or your family wanted (for ex. an estranged blood relative could be awarded your entire estate rather than the family member or friend you wanted your estate to go to), and 3.) without properly documented guardianship, if children are involved and both parents die, the children may not be going to the family member or friend you wanted them to live with.

HOW DO I CREATE A WILL?

You can create a will many different ways. Please consider the following:

  • You can use one of many free online tools to create a will and most other legal documents.
  • You can hire an attorney to create your will.
  • You can use the online tools, create a will, and then schedule an appointment with an attorney to review what you have created. Often because you have done much of the work for them, your fee will be discounted.
  • Or use the free and discounted resources, such as Legal/Financial aids, available on the website. Self-help forms are available, along with legal assisted forms (at a discounted rate), and direct access to attorneys for an initial free consultation and discounted rates if further services are needed.

Please note there are other legal documents you may need to consider creating depending on failing health or the death of a loved one:

  • Financial and healthcare power of attorney
  • Eldercare agreement
  • Living trusts
  • Living wills
  • Request forms regarding a loved one who has passed (ex. request for death certificate, notice to creditors of death, notice to homeowner’s insurance company of death, etc.)
  • Deeds

Please attend this month’s webinar, “The Importance of Having a Will” for more specific details.

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E4 Health is a free, confidential service that’s available to you as well as your immediate household family members. We are available any time, any day to assist with any work or life issue that matters to you and your family.

For professional counseling and supportive resources, call or log on any time, any day.

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e4health administers the College’s EFAP program.  To access their comprehensive web site, with many tools and articles, go to the e4health web site.
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Or call them at: 800-828-6025
(phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

HR UPDATE: THIS WEEK’S EMPLOYMENT SNAPSHOT

There are currently 7 faculty positions, 39 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 3 internal job postings on the Middlebury employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities:http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

HR UPDATE: THIS WEEK’S EMPLOYMENT SNAPSHOT

There are currently 7 faculty positions, 37 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 5 internal job postings on the Middlebury employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities:http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

From MSA: Back to School Shopping

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Time for back-to-school shopping!  Aside from the mid-year field trip or random science project, August is typically the one month where you spend a lot of money on school stuff, which means it could potentially mess up your regular spending plan.  Don’t worry!  We’ve got a few tips to help you stay on track.

Adjust Your Budget for Success

First, you need to assess and modify your spending plan to fit potentially hundreds of dollars into this month’s list of expenses.  Parents spend an average of $630 on back-to-school purchases,1 so planning ahead is essential.

Look at how much money you have available.  How much money in savings can and should go towards education costs?  How much of your discretionary spending can you allocate for your shopping trip?

Make a list of all the supplies you will need to get.  Did the teacher provide a list of books and tools?  Do you need to buy a school uniform?  Check your drawers and closets for supplies and clothing first so you don’t spend money on things you already have available.  And remember to bring your list of items so you can stick to what you need.  (If you don’t have a list, you’re more likely to either buy more than necessary or forget something and have to spend more on gas going back for the items.)

If you still need to make a few extra bucks before you head to the mall, grab any items collecting dust in your back closet and throw a garage sale, then put the proceeds toward your back-to-school fund.

Make a (Thrifty) Fashion Statement

You know your kids will ask for the latest and greatest fashion trends.  Dime-store tennis shoes for the first day of school just won’t cut it – they prefer the hundred-dollar shoes.  Of course, you look at your wallet, remember the mortgage and the backpack full of desk supplies you already paid for, and brace yourself for the tantrum that comes after you say, “No.”

Hold up.  There may be a way.

Before you go shopping, check for coupons, discounts and rebates.  Look at sites like Groupon, LivingSocial, ibotta andRetailMeNot.  These sites give you deals that could make big-ticket items more affordable and budget friendly.  Just remember to peruse their offers before you get in the car so you can plan where you need to go; for example, you might find a coupon for those expensive shoes, but it only works at a particular retailer.

You could also see if there’s an outlet store near you that carries major shoe brands (or other school stuff) at discount prices, and you can look for student discounts on everything from clothes to electronics (just don’t forget to bring a valid student ID).

Protect Your Purchases

Did you know that 85% of parents plan on using their smartphones for buying school materials?2  If you decide to use your phone for shopping online or pulling up coupons, remember to check security before making a transaction.  Look for the lock symbol and https before the web address, which signifies the proper Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protection.

Do not use a random Wi-Fi network while shopping online.  Fraudsters set up fake Wi-Fi networks that look like legitimate business internet connections, and they hack your device when you connect to their phony network.

Also check your receipts and credit card statements for any possible errors, like being charged twice for something or not receiving proper credit for a coupon.

Work with a Professional

Preparing your budget for back-to-school purchases, extra trips to the gas station for driving back and forth from school, and money for field trips and extracurricular activities can seem like a daunting objective.  Your Money Coach and Budget Specialist can help your family start the school year on a good financial foot.  Your Money Coach can provide suggestions and options you may not have considered.  And don’t forget Wallet: our personal financial management software that shows all your account activity in one place, allows you to set spending goals and alerts, and more, which makes it easier to be smart with your money while you shop.  Call 888-724-2326 or visit our website to get started.

Mid-Year Performance Evaluations for Staff Members

Annual written performance evaluations are conducted for staff members between January 1 and March 31 of each year as part of the College’s ongoing performance feedback process.  Also part of this process, informal performance evaluation meetings are conducted at six-month intervals between the annual written performance evaluations.  For most staff, informal evaluation meetings occur between July and September.

The annual evaluation process is designed to give employees and supervisors an opportunity to evaluate work accomplishments and performance during the review period and establish goals and objectives for the future.  The informal evaluation provides a valuable opportunity for mid-year feedback, review of the progress in meeting goals, and plans for any necessary adjustments.

Supervisors should be making plans to meet with their staff members to conduct mid-year performance discussions if not already completed.  Staff and supervisors should contact Human Resources with any questions or concerns about the performance evaluation process by calling x5465, option 1.

HR UPDATE: THIS WEEK’S EMPLOYMENT SNAPSHOT

There are currently 6 faculty positions, 37 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 5 internal job postings on the Middlebury employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities:http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)

HR UPDATE: THIS WEEK’S EMPLOYMENT SNAPSHOT

There are currently 5 faculty positions, 41 external job postings (regular, on-call and temporary), and 2 internal job postings on the Middlebury employment opportunities web sites.

Employment Quick Links:

Faculty Employment Opportunities:http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/administration/prospective_faculty/employment

Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs (on campus), http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs (off campus)

Please note – to view only internal staff postings, please use the internal posting search filter that was highlighted in this MiddPoints article.

On-call/Temporary Staff Employment Opportunities: go/staff-jobs-sh (on campus),http://go.middlebury.edu/staff-jobs-sh (off campus)