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    • Consumer Resources
      • Complaints Against Businesses and People - Gov Sites

        The websites listed below cover consumer issues, complaints, and legal issues at the Federal, State, and local levels.

        • A State sponsored, comprehensive consumer protection, information and complaint processing website. Provides license verification for professions, with complaint histories, identity theft, landlord/tenant, mortgages and many other consumer issues.
        • Submit complaints about a financial product or service.  Includes complaint database of experiences of other consumers and statistical data..

        • Broad coverage of issues relating to local consumers including but not limited to: Consumers: avoiding scams, renters, automobiles, purchases, loans, contracts, credit, homes, identity theft, and seniors. Small Claims Court: plaintiffs, defendants, how to file, costs, bad checks, appeals, collections, judgments, and forms. Businesses: landlords, pricing, mediation, advertising, refunds, contracts, telemarketing, warranties.
        • Agencies that process complaints against businesses and people in the Los Angeles area but including State and National agencies. Also, information on reporting crimes to police.
        • Six federal agencies with different jurisdictions have joined together to create a "one stop shop" for U.S. Government recalls: consumer products, automobiles, boats, foods, medicine, cosmetics, and environmental products.

        • A one-stop source for information about consumer problems and government services. Online access to a variety of government publications including the Consumer Action Handbook and its website. Sample complaint forms and information on where and how to file complaints

        • U.S. government agency created in 2011 to empower consumers with tools, tips and answers to common questions, supporting financial education, and enforcing federal consumer financial laws and protecting consumers in the financial marketplace.  The website offers financial consumer educational and protection information, referrals, links, and services to help consumers.  Available in English and eight other languages (Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, Russian, Haitian Creole, Arabic

        • The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, collects complaints about companies, business practices, and identity theft. The FTC does not resolve individual consumer complaints. Provides The National Do Not Call Registry to stop unwanted telemarketing calls, the Consumer Sentinel Military to identify and target consumer protection issues that affect members of the United States Armed Forces and their families.
        • A large Federal website covering issues of protecting the public health, assuring the safety of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products, medical devices, the nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, and numerous other products. Provides news, scientific and consumer information.
      • Complaints Against Businesses and People - Non-Gov Sites
        • Part of the HowStuffWorks website, this is a source of reviews of a wide range of consumer products.
        • An authoritative source, with some free information but primarily a subscription site.
        • Compiles product evaluations from multiple sources.
        • Consumer World was founded by Edgar Dworsky in 1995 who has been a consumer advocate and consumer educator for the past 33 years.
        • Consumer surveys and ratings of autos, boats, electronics, finance, healthcare, homes, insurance,
      • Price Comparison Services
        • Search for products, compare prices and buy online.
        • Search products by keyword or subject, with shopping guides and Consumer Reports articles.

        • Search and compare a wide variety of products and their prices, searchable by coupons, rebates and price drops.
        • Compare features and prices on a wide range of items. The site also provides product ratings, merchant ratings, coupon shopping, rebates, green product shopping, and daily deals.

        • Shopping.com provides online comparison shopping and a comprehensive set of products from stores across the Web. With product and merchant reviews from Epinions.
        • Shopzilla does comparison online shopping of brands in the US and Europe, consisting of Bizrate, Beso, Shopzilla, TaDa, PrixMoinsCher, and SparDeinGeld.
      • Shopping
      • Travel
        • Make bookings on hotels in destinations worldwide. Read hotel reviews and find the guaranteed best price on a choice of hotels.
        • KAYAK is a free service that compares hundreds of travel sites at once to find the best prices on flights, hotels, car rental, vacation packages and allows you to choose bookings.

        • Compare prices and book airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals, vacations, cruises and travel deals.

        • Compare prices and book airline tickets, hotels, cruises, rail travel, car rentals, and vacation packages.
        • Track flight prices before you buy and get airline refunds after you buy - If the price of your flight drops below what you paid, Yapta helps you get a refund for the difference.
    • Education: Saving, Financial Aid
    • Estate Planning
      • From "Dummies" series of books, covers understanding estate planning, wills, probate, trusts, and taxes. Plus "cheat sheets": Estate & Trust Administration For Dummies and Wills & Estate Planning For Canadians For Dummies.

      • A selective list of estate planning sites.
      • Estate planning from a major financial publisher, fees are charged for some information.

      • A solid portal for lawyer referral, articles, legal information and forms covering wide range of topics, such as probate and trusts and estates (http://wills-probate.lawyers.com/ ) and (http://trusts-estates.lawyers.com/ )
      • Links to four easy-to-understand booklets to help financial caregivers, with separate guides for agents under powers of attorney, court-appointed guardians, trustees, and government fiduciaries.

      • Estate planning from this major financial site, part of the Wall Street Journal digital network.
      • This publisher's website has information for their many self-help books, including retirement and estate planning.
      • The basics of wills, estate planning, trusts, taxation of estates and gifts.  thebalance.com is an About.com brand.

    • Insurance
      • A well-known insurance rating service; company ratings require free registration.The more detailed content requires a subscription: http://www.ambest.com/ratings/guide.asp

      • Offers premium comparisons and profiles for insurance companies that can operate in the state.
      • Offers free comparison of premiums from multiple companies plus informational content.
      • Provides information on life, health, auto, and home insurance, including a library of originally authored insurance articles and decision-making tools: company comparisons, ratings, rates, life insurance, car safety and others.
      • Consumer survey ratings of insurance providers.
      • Insurance information for consumers covering individual insurance topics as well as industry licensing and regulation.
      • Articles on personal insurance by type of insurance (health, home, car, life, etc.), choosing levels of coverage, how to file claims, get fair treatment, and other consumer issues.  thebalance.com is an About.com brand.

      • Automobile Insurance
        • This site compiles reviews, articles, information and ratings from several major consumer publications sites.
        • Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America and Trusted Choice provide insurance quotes from major low-cost insurance companies.
      • Health Insurance
        • From a respected organization, this section of their website covers medical insurance and Medicare.
        • Covered California is the state's online marketplace offering tools to compare and choose health coverage, as well as financial assistance for those eligible. This site was developed by the State of California in response to the federal law called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
        • Includes coverage of Medicare, Health Reform, and a wide assortment of medical topics.  verywell.com is an About.com brand.

        • Los Angeles Public Library webpage focusing on health topics, offering links to sources of health information, including those for insurance.
        • Federal government website and online marketplace for finding health insurance coverage. Site is managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. For those living in California use the Covered California website.
        • Covering long term care insurance, a large, free site for consumers, created by seventeen major insurance companies.
        • The mission of the Medical Board is to protect health care consumers through the proper licensing and regulation of physicians and surgeons and certain allied health care professions. Provides a physician's license search, with a record of complaints and disciplinary actions.
        • The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives. Hotline: 1-800-333-4114.

        • The official U.S. Government site for Medicare information.
        • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a comprehensive site for Long-Term Care information.
        • The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is part of the U.S. Dept. of Labor. This page offers extensive information about health benefit plans, including legal rights and frequently asked questions.
        • The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is part of the U.S. Dept. of Labor. This web site offers free publications and reports covering health plans and retirement plans. Some are written for employees, others for employers. Some also available in Spanish.

        • Official website for Social Security, including information on benefits and rules for retirement, disability, supplemental security income, Medicare.

        • Provides medical license verification, hospital affiliations, medical specialty, medical school training, and patient ratings. Money Magazine recommended.
      • Home Insurance
      • Life Insurance
    • Life Events
      • Financial Literacy
        • AARP is an organization serving those over the age of 50; with helpful articles and useful tools. This section is about managing money:Budgeting & Saving, Credit, Loans & Debt, Insurance, Investing, Estate Planning, Taxes, Scams & Fraud, Low-Income Assistance, Retirement Planning, Social Security, Experts, Money Tools, Financial Services.
        • Includes coverage of benefits, retirement planning, careers and job hunting over 50.
        • Guide from the Los Angeles County Consumer & Business Affairs Center for Financial Empowerment.  This directory is a comprehensive list of organizations that provide a variety of financial well-being services to County residents, including credit building, credit counseling, financial coaching, free tax assistance, homeownership, small business development, etc.

        • The Financial Education section is part of a subscription database paid for by the Los Angeles Public Library and accessible outside of the library for those with a currently valid Los Angeles Public Library card. The Database combines investing education with company information and stock market analysis.

        • The National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) has advice to plan for life events ranging from joining bank accounts and planning for a baby to teaching kids about money.

        • The central mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans—whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products.

        • The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is part of the U.S. Dept. of Labor. This web site offers free publications and reports covering health plans and retirement plans. Some are written for employees, others for employers. Some also available in Spanish.

      • Financial Portals
        • Federal government portal site for information about personal finance topics relating to key life events such as: birth or adoption of a child, going to college, marriage, divorce, partners, home ownership, starting or losing a job, starting or buying a business, planning for retirement, and death in the family.
        • Offers many personal finance and money topics; sites are authored by freelance guides and contributors with experience and background in their fields.  thebalance.com is an About.com brand.

        • Official website for Social Security, including information on benefits and rules for retirement, disability, supplemental security income, Medicare.

    • Motor Vehicles: Buy, Sell
      • Resources to prepare for shopping and selecting an auto loan: includes worksheet on total cost, budgeting, loan choices, and what may be negotiable.

      • A consumer focused source for auto reviews, ratings, pricing information and cost calculators, from an authoritative source.

      • Consumersearch compiles and summarizes free automobile reviews from multiple consumer sites.
      • Car pricing on new and used cars, plus reviews, maintenance and buying tips, costs to own, and consumer question forums. The True Market Value tool gives estimate of actual selling prices, with selected options.

      • Consumer satisfaction surveys, plus new and used car buying guides, reviews, ratings, videos and photos, from a well-known automotive source.
      • A standard pricing guide for new and used cars, includes values at local levels for buying and selling. Also, offers information on a wide range of automotive subjects: financing, loans, insurance, reviews, news, dealers, inventory, and used cars for sale.

      • An LAPL Research Guide providing automobile price guides, buying guides, consumer information and related links.
      • A standard pricing guide for new and used cars, with reviews and related information. Also, covers motorcycles, boats, RVs, and manufactured homes.  The website is licensed to use the NADA trademark of the National Automobile Dealers Association.

      • CNNMoney recommended , TrueCar helps you research new car prices to find the best deals in your area and find out what others really paid.
    • Real Estate: Buy, Sell
      • Home & Real Estate - Government Websites
      • Home Buying/Selling/Owning
        • Sponsored by RealEstate.com, offers links and search services for properties, home values, etc.
        • Reports real estate news and provides monthly, quarterly, and annual charts of home sales and prices in selected cities in California and other states.
        • Covers how to buy or sell a home, work with real estate agents, get a mortgage, write purchase offers and counters, do home inspections, specific advice for first-time home-buyers.  thebalance.com is an About.com brand.

        • Consumer satisfaction surveys for real estate agencies and home improvement.
        • Articles of interest to local real estate owners and buyers.

        • Real estate search from the Los Angeles Times for homes for sale, foreclosures, open houses, search by location, home features, and price.
        • This well known financial website provides information on real estate buying, selling, protecting, refinancing, and maintaining your house.
        • Microsoft portal offers wide range of articles, multimedia, blogs, and tools for buying, selling, renting, loans & finance, moving, home & garden, etc.
        • Reports and statistics of interest to those in the real estate market.
        • From the National Association of Realtors: tools, directories, advice, and home listings.
        • Homes for sale, including Multiple Listing Service listings, with home prices, calculators, directories, articles, blogs, and wikis.

        • Yahoo compiles how-to guides, calculators and articles on general real estate subjects.

        • Find houses for sale and home values, research financing and mortgages; get neighborhood information, with how-to guides and advice.

        • A free service for estimates of real estate values with map locator.
        • Contractors
          • Should I hire a contractor? A best site for estimating project cost and how-to guides, with videos and calculators.

          • Should I hire a contractor? Try this site for how-to guides, project shopping, forums, videos and contractor searches.
          • Get rates on loans including home equity, mortgages, high yield savings accounts and CDs.
        • Mortgages
          • One of the best and most comprehensive sites for interest rates and loans and investments with information on mortgages and refinancing.
          • Fannie Mae's Reo homes for sale, with home search and financing information.
          • Compares mortgage rates from lenders nationwide, with up to 5 competing lenders from a 200+ lender network.
          • Large site with interest rates, loan and credit information.

          • Information on home buying and refinancing, reverse mortgages, loan rates, calculators, and other topics.
        • Neighborhood
        • Sellers Ready to Deal
          • Site helps to find sellers ready to deal: owners selling their own property.
          • Where can I find sellers ready to deal? Rated by Money Magazine as Best Site.

    • Retirement: Planning & Saving
      • Retirement & Retirement Planning
        • The site compiles useful information for plan sponsors, businesses, and for employees as plan participants
        • A section for employees with useful explanations, articles, and tools; they do not sell any 401k products or services. A Babel Fish translator allows translation in several languages.
        • Helpful collection of articles, tools, and multimedia on a variety of retirement topics.

        • From the website of MarketWatch, part of the Wall Street Journal digital network, information on a wide range of topics, including retirement.
        • Informative collection of articles and useful tools from an established financial website.

        • Retirement planning, investing, tools/calculators, and how to retire early, from one of the largest Internet financial portals.
        • Site from the private, nonprofit, nonpartisan and noncommercial foundation, National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®). Answers questions in 8 areas relating to retirement decisions: work, Social Security, home & mortgage, insurance, retirement plans, savings & investments, debt, fraud.
        • Covers 401(k) plans, individual retirement accounts (IRAs), Social Security, and other retirement planning topics.  thebalance.com is an About.com brand.

        • 401(k) retirement plans, from both an employee and employer/Human Resources perspective that is provided by a major financial organization.
        • This site is from the U.S. Employee Benefits Security Administration, part of the Dept. of Labor. Links to publications, information, and sites from other organizations to promote understanding of the value of saving for retirement and the rules and requirements for retirement savings plans. Resources for employees and employers.
        • From a major mutual fund company, the site has good, free, retirement information but be aware that it also promotes their funds and services.
        • The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is part of the Dept. of Labor. This web page provides information about pension and 401(k) plans and guidance about retirement savings.
        • The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is part of the U.S. Dept. of Labor. This web site offers free publications and reports covering health plans and retirement plans. Some are written for employees, others for employers. Some also available in Spanish.

        • Official website for Social Security, including information on benefits and rules for retirement, disability, supplemental security income, Medicare.

        • From a major mutual fund company, the site has good, free, retirement information but be aware that it also promotes their funds and services.
      • Retirement Calculators

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