Posted: 10/24/2017

A Power of Attorney Not Named – Now What?

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Categories: Family Law

A Power of Attorney role must be established before a loved one becomes incapacitated or passes away. But what happens if a person never has a Power of Attorney document prepared, and fails to assign someone to act on his/her behalf (if he/she is incapacitated and not able to do so)?   This situation can occur…

Posted: 08/29/2017

Use a Power of Attorney to Make Life Easier for Your Loved Ones

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Categories: General Practice

People tend to think that power of attorney only arises when dealing with elderly family members whose mental capabilities are lessening with age. The truth is power of attorney can be a valuable part of every family’s emergency plan, ensuring that the needs of all family members may be met. “Power of attorney comes in…

Posted: 06/27/2017

Who Gets Custody of Children If Both Parents Die?

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Categories: Family Law

Though it may be an unpleasant topic, it’s still something that needs to be discussed. Both parents and other close family members should be aware of what will happen to children if both their parents die. Though it may initially seem to be fairly simple and intuitive, there are some complexities that could cause issues……

Posted: 05/02/2017

Misuse of the Executor Role

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The proper role of an “Executor” for an Estate requires that a “Fiduciary Standard” be upheld. Sometimes this high standard can be misunderstood – or even abused. The Executor is not to abscond with the assets of the Estate of the Decedent. The person selected and appointed to be responsible for administering your estate is…

Posted: 04/18/2017

Understanding Gifting

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When people grow older, they naturally begin to start thinking about their estate, their Will, and the best way to pass on their wealth and possessions after they die. For some people, this area brings to mind questions about lifetime gifting. Understanding the concept and benefit of gifting, and how gifting works, can help you…

Posted: 04/11/2017

Unsafe Slip Ups – Signs an Elderly Person Shouldn’t Be Living Alone

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Everyone reaches that point where they begin to question whether a parent, grandparent, or other elderly family member should still be living alone. But because elderly individuals can have “good days” and “bad days,” it really becomes difficult to determine whether they’re still fit to be independent. Here are some of the major signs you…

Posted: 04/04/2017

The Dangers of Writing Your Own Will

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You can find almost anything online, including DIY (“Do your Own” Last Will templates that enable everyday people to attempt to create their own Last Will and Testament. While these templates may seem like a good idea, DIY wills are risky. Understanding the advantages and risks of writing your own will can help you decide…

Posted: 03/28/2017

Senior Care and Nursing Home Considerations

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Senior care has undergone some significant changes and restructuring in the modern era. In the past, there were really only two solutions: taking care of an elderly family member at home, or sending them to a nursing home. And because everyone’s individual financial situation is unique, it was rare that either of these two very…