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Health Care at the End of Life

Even though having open and honest conversations with your family about your mortality is a sobering experience, it is prudent to do so. No one relishes the thought of their demise, and yet with forethought, you can ensure that your estate…

Gifts and Penalties Under Medicaid

Most seniors believe that spending down their assets is the only way to qualify for Medicaid, which helps low-income seniors with limited income and assets afford health care and long-term care. While this is true in some cases, proactive Medicaid…

Wills: What They Can and Cannot Do

If you die without a will (intestate), the state will distribute your assets and property based on state law and might not align with your wishes. A will is a legally binding directive stating who will receive your property upon…

Your Estate Plan Should Be Revised Upon Divorce

It is rare that assets are divided amicably in divorce (especially if there are children involved). While your estate plan may be the furthest thing from your mind during a divorce, without updating your documents, your ex-spouse may receive assets…

What is the Probate Process?

A loss of a close relative is one of life's most emotionally draining experiences, along with the stress of dealing with the deceased's estate. This part can be especially overwhelming. The process of proving to a probate court that the…

Veteran’s PACT Act Passes

It is the largest expansion of health care and benefits for US veterans in more than thirty years with the SFC Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act. The cumbersome name stems from the story of…

What Is the Right Amount of Inheritance for Each Child?

Even though it is obvious and right to divide assets equally among children in many situations, in some families, having the same inheritance for each child can be inappropriate, deplete the estate's assets as a result of litigation, or cause…

Helping Seniors Avoid Loneliness

In order to slow the spread of Coronavirus, doctors recommended social distancing and governments prohibited large gatherings of Americans. This prevented all of us from interacting with each other.  This isolation held especially true for those seniors who live alone…

Hazardous PFAS Exposure in the Military

Military members and their families are becoming sick after being exposed to the contaminant PFAS on US military bases. PFAS contamination is also threatening water supplies nationwide. The slow cleanup process on multiple military bases is receiving attention in the halls…

Conservatorships are Avoided with Durable Powers of Attorney

Conservatorships are legal guardianships over adults. Someone (or several people) can make decisions for the individual. The conservator is the person(s) with the power to make decisions, and the conservatee is the adult who needs help with their financial, health care,…

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