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Expert Advice Makes It Easy

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College loans have a time trap. Certain loan programs allow for a fixed period of time to get a degree. If a student’s time in school is accidentally prolonged due to being closed out of a class, it doesn’t matter. Loan programs also have a short grace period of perhaps no more than six months. After that, payments are expected on a routine basis. It is a situation where the overall cost can grow, and a student has very little control over that.

Recent college graduates who are in their first full-time job feel the pressure and the mounting anxiety. Their college loans must be paid, but the same is true for the rent and utilities. Financial wellness is under serious threat, and the person may be looking at possible bankruptcy. Organizations can help fix the problem if they look at the Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services program.

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Folks love it when things are easy. Convenience is desirable, and people take advantage of it whenever possible. Expediency is the reason why people use credit cards so often. No one has to worry about carrying large amounts of cash, and all it takes is a swipe of a card to get a purchase transacted. Credit cards, however, are dangerous to financial wellness. They can cause some serious problems.

Plastic Can Be Overused

Retailers will not openly admit it but they appreciate the use of credit cards because of potential over purchasing. It is a well-known fact that customers will buy more if they use the plastic. It does not take long before a cardholder has a large balance on the credit card. The balance carries with it an interest charge that is in double digits. The interest charge means that the balance can quietly grow to larger and larger figures. Continue reading

People should know about the value of their holdings

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Assets are going to change in a working career. It is not just collectibles but financial matters such as insurance, stock investments, annuities, and other important things that pertain to financial wellness. It happens too often that these gather dust. A person might not remember having an E*TRADE account or a small life insurance policy that is paid up. These are all important things to know to have a healthy financial wellness position.

Knowledge is important, and awareness is critical. Anyone who is drafting a will must realize the lawyer will require an idea of what the assets are. Lending institutions will determine if a loan will be authorized based on the assets of the individual. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services knows that many people are not fully aware of what their full value happens to be. We have an asset inventory management program to allow people to know what it is they own. Continue reading

A Financial Emergency Can Be Managed

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Personal finances stymie some people. They might make good money, but their expenses have gotten out of hand. This happens if a person has quite a few credit cards and perhaps a student loan or medical deductible expenses as well. The result can be a mountain of debt that looms over the financial wellness of that person.

It is not unusual for a few to simply ignore the debt. This is especially true with those who have student loan debt. They will either ignore making payments or just pay the minimum. It doesn’t help them one bit. Many debts have interest payments on top of them, and it just prolongs the pain process. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services wants to help people get out of the trap. It is why we have a financial wellness program to provide service. Continue reading

Financial Wellness Plans Can Help

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Adjusting to the real world can be a struggle for Millennials. These people are extremely bright and tightly savvy, but finances could be bewildering. In addition to college loan debts, which are substantial, there are credit card difficulties which arise. Millennials sometimes get very frustrated with having to balance the figures. Their financial wellness sometimes gets in trouble.

A List of Worries

Coping with debt the size of a mortgage is hard for anyone. Millennials face this challenge six months after they graduate from college when the grace period is over. Their first paycheck seems to be snatched away by creditors, and they don’t have money for necessities. The trouble is an inability to budget. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services is sympathetic to their needs. We have a financial wellness program to help these young people get a grip on their personal ledger sheets. Continue reading

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The United States has always been a favorite place for hard-working foreigners. These people come to this country with work visas and perhaps the hope of someday becoming citizens. The opportunity and the wages are both major incentives to come here. A problem surfaces in dealing with the government. People sometimes have difficulty, and pre-paid legal services can help remove obstacles.

Many are fluent in English but only when it comes to speaking it. Our language is complicated and legal/administrative jargon is even more difficult. A foreign worker can have trouble understanding what various application forms want. Also, the deadlines may be something entirely different.

Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services has an option which offers help dealing with public agencies. Our nationwide network of attorneys is part of the group legal plan, and they can offer needed assistance quickly. The Countrywide professional will also examine what information is being asked by the agency. If the plan member does not have what is needed, the attorney will tell what is required. Countrywide will make sure that any submission to a public agency is in proper order without anything left out. Continue reading

Gives the Instructions Hospitals Need

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Most people know what the last will is, but not everybody understands a living will. It doesn’t seem to make sense; wills are meant for after you die, right? That is not the case at all. A living will is something drafted to be in effect when you’re alive, and a good group legal plan offers drafting a living will as a service.

Preventing a Catastrophe

A living will is something to prepare in the event of a medical disaster. A person may be the victim or an auto accident or a massive stroke. This individual is left comatose in either circumstance and cannot communicate what he or she wants done as far as medical care is concerned.

The hospital will work to keep an individual alive even if he or she is flatlined in a brain scan. It means life-support systems are kept running, possibly for years. Family members are thus required to endure a wait that could last indefinitely into the future. Nothing can be done with the person’s estate, and this adds to the tragedy. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services does not want anyone to have to suffer through something like this. Drafting a living will is an option of a Countrywide group legal plan. Continue reading

Deductibles Create Sizable Expenses

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Folks are understandably concerned about credit card debt and college loan payments. There is another major financial presence in the room and has to do with health. Medical care is not inexpensive at all. In fact, some of those bills pose a real danger to a normal person’s financial wellness.

Deductibles are the Problem’s Source

Organizations have tried to control costs by raising the deductible in their health plans. It is a management decision with which most healthy people have no problem. However, anyone who must have surgery for a broken arm or leg knows what the price can be. Such medical attention can cost thousands of dollars, and the deductible must be met before full coverage kicks in. Moreover, the deductible starts all over again each year, so that anyone who has therapy in one year may be paying even more if the therapy also takes place in the following year. Some employees are drowning in a sea of medical bills. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services is aware of this dilemma. We choose to respond to it by offering medical debt assistance in our financial wellness program. Continue reading

Millennials Want Assistance from Employers

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Student debt is a big topic at the dinner table. Families with college kids talk about it all the time, but the anxiety does not end once that student graduates. Instead, after the six-month grace period, the bills start coming in, and they are enormous. Undergraduate debt can be in the five figures, and when graduate debt is added a young person faces perhaps $100,000 or more of college debt. This has a major effect on financial wellness.

Avoidance of Forbearance

Recent graduates who have landed that first job are in the process of making the major life decisions. These judgments are influenced by the amount owed to the government or lending institutions. The college debt can force choices a person does not want to deal with. There are cases where young Millennials simply try to ignore the bills they owe and seek forbearance. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services appreciates the state of mind of these young people. We know it is a sobering process to deal with college debt, but it is not an impossible obstacle. We have financial wellness counselors to help. Continue reading

Budgeting is easy the More You Know

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It is an old story about domestic finances. People are living from paycheck to paycheck. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to what is going on. It happens when people refuse to budget. That doesn’t seem to be a problem until other expenses besides groceries come into the picture. Financial wellness is threatened by a refusal to itemize expenses against income.

The Source of the Problems

Budget difficulty springs primarily from debt. It isn’t gasoline or the cable bill, but credit cards, mortgage loans, student loans, and perhaps some medical expenses. These can add onto obligations and an emergency bill can make things even worse. People end up spending more than they are making. It can happen to anyone, especially somebody who feels obligated to pay everything at the end of the month. Continue reading