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Maryalene LaPonsie has been writing professionally for more than a decade on a variety of subjects including life insurance and personal finance. She helps consumers navigate topics such as creating budgets, using credit wisely and protecting income and assets by making smart insurance choices. Prior to her current assignments, Maryalene worked for 13 years as a staff member in the Michigan Legislature and served as a local official in the City of Lowell, Michigan. Maryalene holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Western Michigan University.