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Avoiding Probate

April 30th, 2018 ()

Wills have functioned quite well for the past several thousand years passing property from one person to another at death. Probate and wills are part of an ancient tradition beginning (we think) with the Ancient Greeks to the Romans in the form of predominantly verbal wills. The Romans would have a Roman Citizen create a […]

Medicaid Divorce: Maybe . . . Maybe Not.

April 6th, 2018 ()

Harry and Wanda got married late in life. This was their second marriage, and both had children from the prior marriages. The couple wanted their children to inherit from their respective parents, so Harry and Wanda signed a prenuptial agreement to keep their property clearly separated.   Unfortunately, Harry was then diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Medical […]

Creative Financial Approaches to Long Term Care Services

March 26th, 2018 ()

Long term care insurance was sold aggressively in the 1980s, 90s and thereafter to offset the costs of seniors needing to live in a nursing home, assisted living or needing at home health care. Now, however, the business of long term care insurance has dramatically changed. What was once over 100 insurers providing LTC policy […]

Three Questions “The Elder Law Guy” gets asked the most:

March 23rd, 2018 ()

  1. If I Don’t Have Debt, Should I Still Worry? Does not having debt protect you? A lady and her husband were shrewd, with little or no debt. They lived right, had rental houses, paid everything in cash with no mortgages. Question: Did they have to worry? If you or your husband have a long-term […]

Hometown Heroes – Veterans Interview Video Links:

March 19th, 2018 ()

Below are links to the videos of the interviews I conducted over the last several years that found their way into the Hometown Heroes book. I always enjoy putting a face and voice to a name and thought you may as well. Enjoy! Click on the link below to view the video interview. Story 1- […]

Alzheimer’s 101 – Understanding the Basics

March 15th, 2018 ()

What is Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s disease is defined as an irreversible, progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age. It is the most common form of dementia.   What causes Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a generalized deterioration of the brain. The disease is caused by a combination of factors, […]

3 Points About the New 2018 Tax Law Seniors Should Know:

March 11th, 2018 ()

 Is Social Security Taxable? Combined Income is not taxable under $25,000. As a general rule, Social Security income is taxable! 15% of your social security benefit is a tax free benefit under the tax rules. However, you could pay a maximum of 85% on your Social Security income depending on your total combined income. Combined […]

Senior Adults and Identity Theft – How to Protect Against It

March 9th, 2018 ()

Senior adults can be more susceptible to identity theft than others. Identity theft is a crime that is on the rise. It involves a criminal stealing personal identifying information to create a new identity or to steal money from the victim. Senior adults are targeted for a few reasons. One reason is that they often […]

ADVANCED CARE DIRECTIVES: ARE THEY NECESSARY?

March 7th, 2018 ()

Most of us don’t like to think about the possibility of something harmful happening to us or a loved one. Because of this, we rarely think about how to protect ourselves and our loved ones if the worst were to happen. However, just as it is important to buy home insurance to protect your home […]

What to Consider in Retirement Planning

March 2nd, 2018 ()

Most people dream of the day they can retire. The problem is that many do not move beyond dreaming to planning. Planning can be done no matter what your age, but experts encourage people to start as early as possible. Retirement planning can seem like a daunting endeavor for many people as they focus on […]

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