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Spare Your Family From a Feud: Make Sure You Have a Will

Spare Your Family From a Feud: Make Sure You Have a Will “The problem with revenge is that it never gets what it wants; it never evens the score. Fairness never comes. The chain reaction set off by every act of vengeance always takes its unhindered course. It ties both the injured and the injurer

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Using Trusts to Maintain Control of Inheritances

“The spendthrift robs his heirs the miser robs himself.” Jean De La Bruyere “If the Nation is living within its income, its credit is good. If, in some crises, it lives beyond its income for a year or two, it can usually borrow temporarily at reasonable rates. But if, like a spendthrift, it throws discretion

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What are the “Must Have” Estate Planning Documents?

What are the “Must Have” Estate Planning Documents? “Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today” Abraham Lincoln “There is nothing like the death of a moneyed member of the family to show persons as they really are, virtuous or conniving, generous or grasping. Many a family has been torn apart by a botched-up

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What Happens to Social Security when Your Spouse Dies?

The United States Social Security Administration is an independent agency of the U.S. federal government that administers Social Security, a social insurance program consisting of retirement, disability, and survivors’ benefits. Wikipedia. If a movie is really working, you forget for two hours your Social Security number and where your car is parked. You are having

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What If My Beneficiary Isn’t Ready to Handle an Inheritance?

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein “The old who have died live on in the young ones. Don’t you feel this now in your bereavement, when you look at your children?” Albert Einstein

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Why Do I Need an Executor?

What would happen if someone you were close to, asked you to be their Executor? Would you be honored, or would you be uncomfortable with the responsibility? What do you need to do, when do you need to handle these tasks and how much time will it take? These are the questions often asked about the role

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What is an Advance Directive and Do I Need One?

“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” Voltaire “Once a patient goes brain dead and relatives sign his organ donation consent form, he will get the best medical treatment of his life. A hospital code blue may be a call for doctors to rush to the bedside of

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What the Elder Law Estate Planning Attorney Needs to Know

“Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes. Over and over again the Courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging

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Estate Planning Documents and Medicaid Planning

The conversation that you have with an estate planning attorney, for Estate Planning Documents and Medicaid Planning when you are in your thirties with a new house, young children, and many years ahead of you is different than the one you’ll have when you are much older, maybe just before you retire. The estate planning

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