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5 Things Every Mother Needs to Know About Wills

As a mother, you naturally want to ensure your child’s future in every way. For many new mothers, infancy is a time for celebrating new life, and making a Will is the last thing on their minds. For others, the process of bringing new life into the world sparks intense feelings of wanting control and needing organization. Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, you might be struggling to figure out what steps you need to take to protect your children’s future should the unthinkable happen. Here are five key things you should know about Wills. 1. Naming a Guardian could be the most...

Estate Planning With Dementia on the Rise

Dementia is a syndrome that causes deterioration of cognitive function. As the baby boomer generation continues to age, so does the number of people who are affected by dementia. Perhaps more alarming, dementia is more commonly being diagnosed among individuals in their 50s. Although you may never have to deal with the challenges that a diagnosis of dementia can bring, it is still vital that you complete your estate plan early, while you have the mental capacity legally required to make estate planning decisions. In order to maintain an indicia of control over the medical care you receive...

Is Disability Insurance Worth It?

From homes to body parts, Americans protect a variety of assets through insurance policies. When purchasing insurance policies, however, many Americans forget to insure their most important asset, the ability to work. Through disability insurance, a person can insure his or her paycheck. Many people wonder if disability insurance is necessary. After all, the Social Security Administration does provide a safety net – disability benefits – to those who become unable to work due to physical or mental disability. However, for many people, social security checks will not cover the financial needs...

Advance Directives/Living Wills are a Critical Component of Estate Planning

April 9, 2012   March 31, 2012 marked the seventh anniversary of the death of Terri Schiavo, the 41-year-old who succumbed after her feeding tube was removed as part of a very public legal battle between her husband and parents. As you may recall, Terri Schiavo was in a coma for nearly 15 years after she suffered cardiac arrest and sustained a brain injury. Her husband, Michael Schiavo, alleged that his wife would not want to live in her incapacitated state; she had no written instructions in place. Her parents, on the other hand, suspected that Michael had something to do with Terri’s...

Estate Planning: You Need an Incapacity Plan that Works When It’s Needed

Estate planning is not only about having a plan in place to deal with what happens after a loved one’s death, it is also about having a plan in place to deal with what happens if a loved one becomes mentally incapacitated. In this post you will learn: What happens without an incapacity plan; The essential documents for managing finances during incapacity; The essential documents for making health care decisions during incapacity; How to choose the right person for managing finances and making health care decisions during incapacity; The importance of keeping an incapacity plan up to date....

Estate Planning is a Woman’s Issue, Part Two: Married, Single and Charitably Inclined

Estate Planning is a Woman’s Issue, Part Two: Married, Single and Charitably Inclined Women have special estate-planning needs. In Part One we explained that, because women typically live longer than men, they need to plan for the possibility of incapacity in their later years. We also discussed that women as caregivers need to plan for the continued care of those who may be dependent upon them. In Part Two, we will look at estate planning through the eyes of married and single women. We will also look at why estate planning is essential for women who are charitably inclined. Married Women....