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‘The thought of her keeping these ill-gotten funds just chaps my behind’: My granddaughter, 7, lives with me — yet her mother received her stimulus

'Will her mother have to repay the money she received for children she did not have custody of in 2020? Should it be reported to someone?'

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My wife inherited $800K. She put $300K toward our mortgage and $500K in her own bank account — after 35 years of marriage

‘What do you think of the way she has treated her inheritance? If we divorce, will I have to pay her alimony?’

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My son, 18, says I should hand over the $1,400 adult-dependent stimulus. He claims it belongs to him. Who’s right?

‘I claim him as a dependent on my taxes because I pay more than half of his household expenses (actually, all of his expenses).’

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My employer paid me in crypto. It rose 700% in value. Now he wants employees to return the crypto and accept dollars

‘What do you think is a fair solution? Should I return some of the cryptocurrency for hours worked?’

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My wife offered to ‘loan’ me money when I was having financial trouble. Now I make six figures — and she refuses to pay any bills

‘As I started my new job, and my wife received her money, she used part of her $200,000 inheritance to go on a spending spree: a $50,000 truck and a $20,000 camping trailer.’

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My financially reckless ex-husband bought a house with our son — now his business is failing. How can we be free of this mess?

‘This was the way my father treated my mother, so I thought it was normal.’

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My sister inherited the family home, but not the contents. She set up a ‘garage sale’ — and key items were missing. Should I pursue legal action?

‘She kept saying, “I have to think about my retirement.” She is 67. I think she is padding her 401(k) with everything she can get her hands on.’

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My son, a college student, received three stimulus checks. I’m a dad trying to teach ethical behavior. What should we do?

‘He has deposited them, but has not spent the money.’

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I saved $1.1M for retirement, earn $128K and have $22K in cash. Can I afford my dream car — an $80K Nissan GT-R?

‘I’m 41 and single with no kids, and have always been a big saver.’

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Is my boyfriend of 13 years entitled to half my house? I bought it 12 years ago — and he never helped with the bills

‘He is now claiming that he’s entitled to half the value of the house.’

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My mom added me to her bank accounts before she died. Am I legally or morally obliged to disclose these accounts to my siblings?

‘My mom trusted me to take care of all her finances as well as all aspects of her life/care, and any house repairs/problems.’

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I’m a single mom. I take my kids on trips. My mother says that’s crazy and I should be saving for a house. What do you think?

‘Sometimes, I rent a hotel room by the beach, Las Vegas or other places that I think would be nice for us to see.'

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‘I vow to fight for full custody of my kids’: I married my wife THRICE to bring her to the U.S. — she surprised me with divorce

‘I came to the U.S. on a working visa in 2005, working day and night to earn an honest living and achieve the American dream.’

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‘I was discarded after 40 years of marriage’: Can my ex-husband file a joint tax return without my consent? He tried to take both my stimulus checks

'He told me straight out that he does not intend to give me any of our joint tax return, because he said that I am no longer working.'

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My single brother-in-law wants my husband to sign over the family home — in case my husband dies first. Should I agree?

The Moneyist gives what could be his shortest answer to date — with some caveats.

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My wife makes $200K a year, but gives us $700 a month, and $3,000 to her brother and mother ‘to keep them in the good life’

‘My wife gave her mother Power of Attorney over all of her finances.’

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My boyfriend agreed to go part time to look after my teenage kids. I paid him $650 a month. We split up — now he’s crying foul

‘Since we have separated, I gave him a car, paid for his phone, and paid for his car insurance and health insurance'

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My husband and I bought a $387K building with my parents. We sold it for nearly $1M. We took care of it. Do we still split it 50-50?

‘My parents put down 50% in cash and my husband and I financed half. We paid $18,000 back to my parents. I figure I did $100,000 worth of work.'

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My sister’s home is in foreclosure, so she’s moving in with our parents. She posted on Facebook that she deserves their home. What should I do?

‘She is the power of attorney for my parents and will be executor of their will. She is getting a payment from Veterans Affairs to take care of them.’

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My coworker wants to sell her house as prices have skyrocketed. The co-signer on her mortgage demands 25%. Can she sell without his permission?

‘He is either mistaken in the leverage he holds, or else your coworker has confused co-signer with co-owner.’