-- FINANCIAL SERIES. The federal government, in partnership with Metropolitan Life Insurance, is offering a series of free pamphlets on personal finance. To receive a sampling that includes Planning for College, Starting a Business, and Planning Your Estate, along with a list of all 14 of the "Life Advice" publications, write to the Consumer Information Center, Dept. 62, Pueblo, Colo., 81009.
-- CHECK THEM OUT. Before handing over your life savings to an investment adviser, CPA, real estate agent, or other licensed financial professional, you can check any disciplinary records through a new telephone service sponsored by the National Council of Individual Investors and the National Fraud Exchange. Financial Advisor Alert charges $39 for a search. Call 800 822-0416, ext. 45.EDITED BY AMY DUNKIN