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Estate Planning Components

Estate Planning Components

People procrastinate with estate planning because thinking about the end of one's life can be uncomfortable. Estate planning is for all adults, but it becomes even more critical as we age. Other people believe that estate planning is only for…

The Role of a Fiduciary

The Role of a Fiduciary

In estate planning, a fiduciary is an individual, professional, or organization legally obligated to act in the best interest of the appointed person. Carrying out the terms of a will or trust or making medical or financial decisions on behalf…

Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

In spite of the fact that estate planning protects your assets, interests, and those you love, many people make costly mistakes without professional advice and guidance. Beyond undermining your intent and diminishing your financial legacy, poor planning can create additional…

The Probate Process

The Probate Process

Probate can be minimized or avoided altogether with the help of most estate planning attorneys. Probate proceedings are part of the public record and can be very time-consuming and expensive. However, in nearly every case, some probate is necessary, so…

The Signs of Elder Abuse

The Signs of Elder Abuse

It is possible that as our loved one's age, they will no longer be able to care for themselves. Some may move into nursing homes or assisted living facilities, while others will reside with family, friends, and neighbors, or rely…

Young Adults and Estate Planning

Young Adults and Estate Planning

A common misconception among young adults, even those in their 30s and 40s, is that estate planning is not for them. Young adults in their twenties and thirties often think they don't own enough to constitute an estate. However, an…

Overmedicating Alzheimer’s Patients Poses a Danger

Overmedicating Alzheimer’s Patients Poses a Danger

Many elderly Americans use multiple prescription medications concurrently, known as polypharmacy. The more medications a person takes, the higher the risk of dangerous drug-drug interactions and increased possibility of inappropriate prescribing, adverse drug reactions, hospitalization, and even death. Patients who…

The Executor’s Role Explained

The Executor’s Role Explained

When someone chooses you as the executor of their estate, they trust you to handle their assets and affairs after their death. Even though the decedent nominated you to be their executor, you will still need to be appointed to…

Changing the Wills of Widows and Widowers

Changing the Wills of Widows and Widowers

When a spouse dies, it is an emotionally, spiritually, and financially challenging time in a person's life. It is common for one spouse to handle family tax and estate plans, and a widow(er) may be looking at a complex financial…

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