WHAT MY MOTHER WANTED US TO PACK

by Julie Schumacher, curated from NY Times After our mother died last year at age 91, my four sisters and I gathered to clear out her apartment. We didn’t imagine the work would be onerous, since our mother — a modest, orderly person determined never to be a burden to her kids — had consciously downsized…

THE RIGHT WAY TO HANDLE AN INHERITANCE

by Kira Brecht If you are fortunate enough to receive an inheritance, buy a nice bottle of Champagne and toast your benefactor. But then institute a cooling-off period before you start spending, financial advisers recommend. A new car, vacation or kitchen renovation may be in your future, but make sure you carefully assess your financial…