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'We have an absolutely great relationship': My live-in boyfriend gives me what he used to pay in rent. Should I give him a stake in my home?

‘Is this a good deal, or should I run for the hills?’ My boyfriend of five years wants me to give him a $165,000 loan using his house as collateral

Dear Quentin, I would like your advice on giving a hard-money loan to the man I’ve been dating for five years. He pressed me on this issue three years ago. I didn’t do the loan then, and it was a serious issue between us. The term of the loan that he secured with a third …

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'Gig work for nurses' ballot initiative was mysteriously withdrawn within weeks of submission

‘Gig work for nurses’ ballot initiative was mysteriously withdrawn within weeks of submission

A mysterious proposed ballot initiative that aimed to let companies treat nurses and other healthcare workers as gig workers was withdrawn less than three weeks after it was submitted. The initiative was filed with the California Attorney General’s office on Jan. 24, and MarketWatch reported on the ballot measure a week later. It was rescinded …

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Dow trades 300 points higher as Biden touts NATO response to Russia-Ukraine war, Fed speakers

Dow trades 300 points higher as Biden touts NATO response to Russia-Ukraine war, Fed speakers

U.S. stocks pushed higher Thursday afternoon, as world leaders met to respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and investors monitored remarks by Federal Reserve officials. Technology and communications stock had some of the stronger gains Thursday, with chipmaker Nvidia NVDA up 9%. The major indexes still were mixed for the week though, after recovering to …

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Do you own land that you want to develop and then sell? Here's one way to pay a smaller tax bill

Do you own land that you want to develop and then sell? Here’s one way to pay a smaller tax bill

Say you own some vacant lots. Like other real estate, they have appreciated big time over the last few years, and you’re ready to cash in. Or you may have a parcel that you want to subdivide into lots, develop them, and sell them off for a hopefully even bigger profit. Either way, you’ll owe …

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Inside Airbnb's high-profile effort to house Ukrainian refugees: 'At best, it’s badly worded. At worst, it’s misleading and not enough care is being taken.'

Inside Airbnb’s high-profile effort to house Ukrainian refugees: ‘At best, it’s badly worded. At worst, it’s misleading and not enough care is being taken.’

Among the U.S. companies attempting to help Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s military assault on their country, Airbnb Inc. has been one of the most prominent.  First, the home-rental platform offered to house 100,000 Ukrainian refugees for free, then social-media users turned Airbnb into a donation tool to help people on the ground in the war-torn country. …

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One woman's escape from Ukraine: ‘Putin’s aim is to break us, and destroy our sense of freedom. By demolishing our homes, he wants to kill our lust for life.’

One woman’s escape from Ukraine: ‘Putin’s aim is to break us, and destroy our sense of freedom. By demolishing our homes, he wants to kill our lust for life.’

AUSTERLITZ, The Netherlands — “I’m curious, how were people feeling and what were they doing the day before the Second World War?” I thought about it for a moment. “Well, I don’t know,” I told my friend. “Probably, the same as us.” We finished the dinner and took a walk around Kyiv city center, my …

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I’m 60 and a single mother. My daughter, 17, has a developmental disability. How do I make sure she’s taken care of after I’m gone?

‘His ex-wife is a snake in the grass’: My husband’s ex put his name on the mortgage of their home, but not on the deed. What can we do?

Dear Quentin, I’m in a 15-year relationship and we have been married for five of those years. When my husband bought his house, his ex-wife did the paperwork. He was on the loan, but not the deed. We are seeing an attorney next week to find out what has to be done to get her …

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I’m 60 and a single mother. My daughter, 17, has a developmental disability. How do I make sure she’s taken care of after I’m gone?

‘She was granted power of attorney, but she is abusing that power’: My sister is taking complete control over my 94-year-old mother —and even changed her will

My 71-year-old sister has power of attorney over my 94-year-old mother. My sister is retired and, at times, has refused to have anything to do with the family, meaning my mother and father. After my father passed away in 2011, my oldest sister has been trying to take complete control over my mother. She was …

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