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Skipping step three could cost you

The thing about dying, says Jay Nabors, who works in partnership with his wife, Linda, at Nabors & Nabors, the Strongsville-based law firm where attorney John J. Urban is of counsel, is those you leave behind are responsible for handling your affairs. That’s why it’s crucial to make sure all of your ducks are in a row. “I had a client come...

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Be prepared for the good times—and the bad

Debt is everywhere and it’s piling up around us. Student loan debt, underfunded pension obligations, consumer debt (credit cards, auto loans, residential mortgages) and the unfathomable federal deficit. Thank goodness personal incomes and the gross domestic product (GDP—or the income of the nation) are rising and are currently...

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Paying off back taxes

When Comedian Steve Martin got caught not paying taxes, he had a two-word defense: “I forgot.” That doesn’t work in real life, cautions Gary Cerasi, CPA, owner of Creative Business Strategies. Tax debt can be a serious matter. Here, Gary explains more. Q: I got behind in paying my taxes. What should I do?A: Call the government...

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Insurance coverage for the unemployed

One of the first things people do when they lose a job is to try to figure out how they’re going to keep their healthcare coverage. Some people opt to pay the often-exorbitant rates Cobra charges. Others go online and in just a few clicks get on a marketing list that can generate 20 calls a day from insurance agents trying to solicit...

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Here’s how Billow Funeral Homes & Crematory combines authentic family values with compassionate after-life care

As the oldest business in Akron and Summit County, six generations of family owners have set the national industry standards. Not for tires or rubber, but for funerals. Today’s Billow Funeral Homes & Crematory got its start in 1875 as Akron’s first funeral home, under the leadership of Civil War veteran Captain George Billow. (You’ll...

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