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Tips to Thrive as a Family Caregiver

A record 53 million people in the United States are care providers for an older family member. About 17 percent of the US population is a family caregiver, and most are losing sleep, worrying, losing income, struggling to balance caregiving tasks with…

Gifts and Penalties Under Medicare

Gifts and Penalties Under Medicare

Low-income seniors with limited assets and income can afford health care and long-term care through Medicaid, a federal/state program. Many seniors believe their only option to qualify for the program is to “spend down” their assets. While this is true…

A Trust and Its Many Benefits

A Trust and Its Many Benefits

A trust is a great mechanism for handling estate business and it can be beneficial to anyone with any number of assets. You want to keep your affairs private and stay out of probate court? Maybe you have stepchildren? You…

A Guide for Understanding Advanced Care Directives

A Guide for Understanding Advanced Care Directives

Imagining the likelihood of a deadly illness or injury is not something people like to think about. Because of this, we rarely think about how to protect ourselves and our loved ones if the worst were to happen. However, just…

Prenuptial Agreements Are Appropriate at Any Age

Prenuptial Agreements Are Appropriate at Any Age

A married couple, Ginny and George, had extended family they wanted to leave their assets to when they died. Unfortunately, Ginny was then diagnosed with cancer. She began to worry: What could happen if she died before George did, and…

Undue Influence Over a Will-Maker

Undue Influence Over a Will-Maker

Incidents of what attorneys deem "undue influence" on the elderly constitute elder abuse. It disrupts the older persons' impulse to provide for loved ones and instead leaves assets to the manipulator. Often, family members do not find out about a…

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