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Managing your money may be your own responsibility, but there are some times and tasks that require the attention of an expert. Even if you don't rely on a financial professional to oversee your finances on a regular basis, seeking the advice of an expert can be crucial for navigating certain situations successfully.

On the other hand, many important financial tasks may not require the help of a financial professional, and you can save money by simply handling them yourself. From managing a portfolio to drafting a will, here's a look at what you may be best off doing yourself and when you should turn to a professional.

- By Nancy M. Jackson, special to CNBC.com

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