Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How to get what you want at your next job. Also in the news: Medicare to offer free at home COVID-19 tests in early spring, how your parents’ debt could outlive them, and what you need to know before you claim your child tax credit this season.

How to Get What You Want at Your Next Job
Before you start polishing your resume, here are tips from career coaches on being strategic with your job search, preparing for negotiations and asking for what you want.

Medicare to Offer Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests in Early Spring
Members will be eligible for eight free over-the-counter tests per month through local pharmacies.

How Your Parents’ Debt Could Outlive Them
Should you fear ‘filial responsibility’ laws?

What You Need to Know Before You Claim Your Child Tax Credit This Filing Season
The child tax credit was expanded up to $3,600 for the 2021 tax year. Here’s how to claim yours.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How your parents’ debt could outlive them. Also in the news: 7 Black financial influencers to follow in 2022, what rising interest rates mean for personal loans, and just how passive js passive income?

How Your Parents’ Debt Could Outlive Them
When you can and can’t be held personally responsible.

7 Black Financial Influencers to Follow in 2022
Black financial pros shared their advice about the Great Resignation, buying a house in a competitive housing market and investing in crypto.

What Do Rising Interest Rates Mean for Personal Loans?
Hikes in overall interest rates can impact personal loans, but factors under your control can also influence the cost.

Just How Passive Is Passive Income?
If you want to earn passive income, be ready to work for it.

How your parents’ debt could outlive them

Many people believe one of two common myths when a parent dies in debt, says Chicago estate planning attorney Michael Whitty. The first myth is that an adult child will become liable for their parents’ debt. The second myth is that they can’t.

Adult children typically don’t have to pay their parents’ bills, but there are exceptions. And even when a child doesn’t have to pay directly, debt could reduce what they inherit.

Debt doesn’t simply disappear when someone dies, Whitty explains. Creditors can file claims against the estate, and those claims usually have to be paid before anything is distributed to heirs. Creditors also are allowed to contact relatives about the dead person’s debts, even if those family members have no legal obligation to pay.

In my latest for the Associated Press, some issues to explore if you’re concerned that your parents’ debt might outlive them.