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March 2018 Archives

The Real Costs of Dementia

Dementia is a disease that is becoming increasingly prevalent among our senior population. The Alzheimer's Association has stated that approximately 1 in 9 people over the age of 65 have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Dementia patients encompass those with Alzheimer's but also includes other brain impairments with symptoms of memory disorder, personality changes, and impaired reasoning. As the population of those above 65 years old continues to rise, the population of dementia patients is on the rise as well.

The Benefits of Pet Ownership for Seniors

One of the most common issues related to the care of senior citizens is related to companionship. This is a particularly common issue if the person is still in their home. The elderly often have health problems which prevent them from regularly leaving their home. It is often the case that they live alone. Even when the senior has regular visitors there will be times when they are alone and loneliness can become an issue.

Medicaid Myths

Medicaid is very complex and very confusing. As a result, it is difficult to obtain accurate information, leading to an abundance of misinformation. Fortunately, it is easy to clear up many of the most common misconceptions.

What is Probate and How can I Avoid it?

There are many horror stories about probate. Everyone seems to have a story about someone they know who had a will contest or whose family was fractured because they fought about the property of a loved one. No one wants to go through this or for their family to go through this after they are gone. Avoiding probate, therefore, is a common goal of estate planning.

Tips to Prevent Identity Theft

Identity theft is incredibly frightening to most people. What the identity thief can do is nearly endless. The thief can take all of your money, create credit cards in your name, even take out loans. Even if you are able to catch the problem, you could spend the next several months attempting to get rid of charges or repair your credit.

What is Guardianship and how can it be avoided?

Everyone wants to be in control of their own life. They want to make their own financial, personal, and medical decisions. Unfortunately, situations, such as stroke and dementia, arise which prevent people from making decisions for themselves. When this occurs, someone else must have the authority to make decisions for that person. If the person has not designated an agent for themselves with the appropriate legal documents, they will have to go through a court process known as guardianship.

Grandparent Visitation Rights

Family situations are increasingly complicated in our society. One common situation that occurs is when, because of a variety of situations, grandparents are not allowed to visit their grandchildren.

Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Financial strain can be unexpected, hitting people at the most vulnerable times in their lives: after a birth of a child, the death of a loved one, or even after an serious health complication. Other times, trouble is brewing over years and missed payments have been piling up. When paying the minimum monthly payment or foregoing one bill to pay another bill each month is too much for you to handle, filing for relief under the bankruptcy code can help.

Who Needs a Will?

The short answer to this is that everyone needs a will. Having a Last Will & Testament is not only your final determination of where your property will go at your death, but it also determines what happens to property in unusual situations. For example, if you execute a Last Will & Testament, but only minor grandchildren actually inherit your property, your Will can tell the Court how old the children should be to receive the full amount of the property, or if it should be distributed over many years. Likewise, your Will could set up special trusts to protect disabled loved-ones from losing benefits.

4 Tips to a "Successful" Doctor's Visit

Going to the doctor is one of those necessary evils in life that we all need to do from time to time. While it's never something one looks forward to, there are a few tips to making the visit beneficial-to both you and your doctor. And while going to the doctor is never something you'd put at the top of your wish list, I'd guess staying healthy is on everyone's list!

When a Will Isn't Quite Enough

We put on a lot of educational workshops for our community. We discuss the difference in a Will, a Power of Attorney, a Healthcare Directive, and a Living Will. We talk about planning to avoid probate and to prepare for Long-Term Care Costs. And we talk about the big T - trusts.

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