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Abused Elder Strikes Back

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Apr 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Under California law, any person age 65 or older has standing to petition for a restraining order against an individual alleged to have engaged in abusive conduct, even if there is no special relationship between the alleged abuser and victim, such as a caretaking or custodial relationship. In...

You Think There Is Enough Time but Is There?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Apr 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

The key is to make your plans and prepare for problems BEFORE they happen. An article explaining why one should prepare before a crisis arises appeared on OakPark.com in “START WITH A PLAN (not a heart attack).” The article details an incident that happens all too often. However, what makes th...

It Might Be Time to Name a Health Care Agent

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Apr 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

The medical procedure may be routine. However, you still need to be ready with answers. Many documents, including a living will or health care directive, may now need to be in place before medical procedures, according to the Kirkland Reporter in “Take control of health care decisions in 2019 ...

A Will Is a Good Start on an Estate Plan

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Apr 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

A periodic review will also give you an idea of any changes that are necessary. A will is certainly something that should be completed. However, it isn't a document to put on the shelf and forgotten because as your life and government laws change, so should your will, according to The Item in...

The Use of Trusts Is Often Key to an Estate Plan

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Apr 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

Why is the revocable trust so appealing? You can change it whenever you'd like. You do not have to have a lot of money or assets in order to benefit from the use of trusts, according to Barron's in “Why a Trust is a Great Estate Planning Tool – Even if You're Not Rich.” Many people want to tr...

Inherited Real Estate? Do You Really Want It?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Mar 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

You may not want the real estate. However, there are numerous options. Sometimes people inherit real estate, but they don't really want it. That is when you should become educated in your responsibilities and rights, according to AOL in “What to do when you inherit real estate that you don't w...

No More Waiting! Review Your Estate Plan

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Mar 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Check your estate plan for changes required to meet the requirements and opportunities. Changes created by the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act create a need to revisit your estate plan, if you have not already done so, according to The Kansas City Star in “Talk to estate attorney about im...

A Good Death Is Rarely Achieved

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Mar 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Passing away quietly at home without pain is not a common occurrence. Increasing the chances of achieving a peaceful death requires some careful planning as well as conversations with loved ones, according to The Wall Street Journal in “Preparing For a Good End Of Life.” You will want to make ...

Take Care of POA, Living Wills BEFORE the Need Arises

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Mar 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

The need for caregiving often comes about unexpectedly.People often think they should make arrangements for a Power of Attorney or living will but unfortunately the need arises suddenly resulting in a challenging situation, according to Expert Click in “How to Get Power of Attorney for Aging Pa...

How Do You Control Inheritances? Trusts

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Mar 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Protect your assets from being mishandled. As you prepare an estate plan, consider a look at creating trusts to protect assets through the generations, according to the Times Herald-Record in “Leaving inheritances to trusts puts you in control.” For many parents, the inheritance equation is s...

Don’t Face Medicare’s Late-Enrollment Penalties

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Mar 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

The 65th birthday is key when it comes to Medicare, and the deadlines are taken seriously. Potential Medicare enrollees can face some pretty stiff late-enrollment penalties and they don't end, according to The New York Times in “If You Do Medicare Sign-Up Wrong, It Will Cost You.” The mistakes...

When Should You Begin Taking Social Security?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Mar 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

Social Security is likely to be very important to your retirement. But wait, the amount can vary. Figuring out when to begin taking Social Security can be a real challenge, because the time to begin filling your claim ranges from the age of 62 to 70, according to the Independent Record in “The...

Care Community Requires Legal Agreement

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Mar 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

It may not be the best time when the pressure is on. However, read the contract and get some advice. If you are preparing to move to a retirement community or care community yourself, it is best to read that fine print very carefully and better yet, get some legal advice before signing, accordin...

Worked Most of Your Life and Find Retirement Boring?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Mar 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

Want to go from Boomer lifestyle to sitting down? Probably not! The idea of retirement as a time to settle down and no longer be an active citizen is being challenged by a generation that has so far changed every stage of living, according to Next Avenue in “How to Avoid Becoming a ‘Bored Boom...

How Does One Prepare for Alzheimer’s?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Mar 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

More than 5.7 million people in this country are suffering from the disease. More and more members of families are experiencing the dilemma of expressing their wishes before they become incapacitated from Alzheimer's Disease, according to USA Today in “B. Smith's Alzheimer's raises question: How...

Counting on DIY Will? You Better Be Sure

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Feb 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

If the legal documents aren't signed and notarized properly, there is a good chance that problems will arise. A properly prepared will could have avoided many of the problems faced by a woman who thought she was protected, according to News 2 in “The power of a will and trouble without one.” Ms....

What Is a Trust and How Is It Used?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Feb 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Trusts have been around for a very long time and it is important to understand how they work. A trust can be quite complicated. That is why you need good legal representation in order to use one properly, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Do I need a trust?” Trusts are created by the ...

Modern Families Create New Questions

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Feb 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

With the traditional family on a downward trend, the modern family is raising some new questions for estate planning. The rising numbers of modern and blended families have created some challenges for estate planning, according to Forbes in “How Long Will Stepmom Live? And Other Vexing Estate ...

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