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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Common Mistakes When Planning for a Disabled Family Member


There are 58 million Americans five years of age or older that are identified as special needs making them the largest single minority in this country. The majority of federal and state benefits available to help persons with disabilities are needs based, meaning income and assets are strictly limited and can often by misinterpreted, resulting in costly mistakes.

One of the most common mistakes a parent or loved one makes is disinheriting their family member with special needs. The reason is often because the family believes other siblings will step in and take care of the disabled family member. However, this can lead to numerous problems, especially if the non-disabled sibling gets sued, divorced, or otherwise loses the money left to them.


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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Alzheimer's Factors to Be Aware Of

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time . . .


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Monday, November 19, 2018

Appropriate-Documents-For-End-of-Life-Care-Decisions

You may think your living will is in order, including instructions regarding resuscitation commonly referred to as a DNR (do not resuscitate). While your wishes in a living will may be appropriately documented . . .
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Thursday, November 1, 2018

New Opportunities for Wartime Veterans and their Widows

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released new eligibility rules for the VA pension program.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Special Needs Trusts: What You Need to Know

In general, a trust is created when property or assets are managed by a person for another person’s benefit.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Misconceptions About Powers of Attorney

A durable power of attorney is one of the most important estate planning documents you can have.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

It Will Be More Difficult to Obtain VA Aid and Attendance Benefits

VA pension benefits, also known as Aid and Attendance, are an important resource for wartime veterans and their surviving spouses who have high home care and assisted living costs.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Points to Discuss with Your Parents as they Age

Your parent is getting on in age, but you don't have a clear idea if there is a plan in place for their care. It is a difficult topic to broach; no one wants to talk about getting older and the financial realities that come with aging.
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Friday, September 7, 2018

Spousal Dementia and its Effect on a Marriage

When someone you love, in particular, your spouse, becomes ill you want to help them get well. But what happens when the illness is dementia?


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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Long-term Care Insruance


Long-term care insurance is very beneficial for the elderly or disabled person who need will services or support to meet their personal care or health needs. However, it is important to understand long-term care insurance before the time comes when the benefits are needed. Unfortunately, many people wait and then miss out on what long-term care insurance can offer.

Should I get long-term care insurance?

There are a few things to consider before you go out and purchase long-term care insurance. First, consider your age.
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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Hospice Care

Hospice care can be very difficult for families to come to terms with, but can be a beneficial care option for those caring for a terminally ill loved one.
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