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Weston: Probate workarounds can save heirs time, money

July 18, 2020, 6:02am Business

A reader recently reached out after his elderly mother died, asking how soon he could distribute the $10,000 she had earmarked in her will for each of her two grandchildren. Read story

Weston: Some taxpayers face a desperate wait for refunds

July 4, 2020, 5:46am Business

As a 58-year-old woman on disability, Robin Short of Wallingford, Connecticut, relies on her tax refund to catch up on bills. She filed her return electronically in February, opting for direct deposit so she could get her $773 refund quickly. Read story

Weston: How ‘maximizers’ can cut decision-making angst

June 27, 2020, 6:02am Business

No one wants to waste money, but some of us go overboard trying to get the best possible deal. Read story

Weston: When parents are the emergency fund

June 20, 2020, 6:15am Business

Financial fallout from the pandemic is hitting millennials hard — and many will soon turn to their parents for help, if they haven’t already. Read story

Weston: Is your target date investment letting you down?

June 13, 2020, 6:02am Business

Target date investments are supposed to be an easier way to invest, and they’re a popular choice in 401(k) plans. But the recent market downturn showed that some target date strategies suffered much bigger losses than others, especially for investors nearing retirement. Read story

Weston: Take control now with advance medical directives

June 6, 2020, 6:02am Business

If you get COVID-19 and struggle to breathe, would you want to be put on a ventilator? Whatever your answer, ask yourself another question: Who would make your wishes clear if you couldn’t speak for yourself? Read story

Weston: Find free, solid money advice in uncertain times

May 30, 2020, 6:02am Business

If you have money questions — and who among us doesn’t right now? — there are plenty of people willing to offer advice: friends, relatives and random strangers on the internet. Read story

Don Brunell, retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, is a business analyst, writer, and columnist.

Brunell: Brighter future for papermakers

Don Brunell, retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, is a business analyst, writer, and columnist.

May 20, 2020, 5:55am Columnists

In recent years, papermakers in Pacific Northwest have been losing ground.  However, today there is a ray of hope. Surprisingly, that optimism results from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read story

Brunell: Coronavirus, work must coexist

May 12, 2020, 6:05am Columnists

By now it is apparent that, barring a miracle, a cure for COVID-19 will not happen soon; however, to make it a condition of removing the economic lockdown would be a catastrophic mistake.  They must coexist. Read story

Weston: How to ask your bank or lender for help

May 2, 2020, 6:00am Business

Many banks, credit card issuers and other lenders have promised to help those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. They’re offering to defer or reduce payments and waive interest charges and rebate fees for those who have lost jobs, had their hours reduced or otherwise lost income to the COVID-19 crisis. Read story