There are three healthcare documents that a person of any age should have. Those three are a Health Care Power of Attorney, an Advanced Directive for a Natural Death, and a Medical Release. Advanced Directive for a Natural Death (ADND) is commonly referred to as a Living Will. It is a legal document very limited […]
The Medical Release is the third document in the trinity of health care documents. The Medical Release is often referred to by our law firm as a HIPAA release. HIPAA stands for Health Information Portability and Accountability Act and this law requires you to sign a separate document so that your Health Care Agent or […]
What if you haven’t named a Health Care Agent? Your immediate family (spouse, parents, children) may not be able to make critical medical decisions on your behalf when you can’t speak for yourself. Family dynamics might play a role in who you want (or don’t want) to speak for you. Some family members are estranged […]
More than eighty percent of the population will need a Power of Attorney in their lifetime. But what does it do? How does it work? A Power of Attorney allows you to give another person the legal authority to sign your name. The Power of Attorneys (for Finances) we use most in our practice is […]
The Last Will and Testament is a key Estate Planning document. A Will allows you to control your property at your death. We often refer to it as the “clean up” document because it tells who you want to receive your assets and how you want them to receive it.
June 6th is Higher Education Day! As a parent and/or grandparent there is great satisfaction in helping your child or grandchild pay for college. How you pay for it is important. What are the options? Let’s review some of them!
A 529 plan is a “qualified tuition plan.” They can be in the name of the student, parent, or grandparent. We have all heard the praises of 529 plans (including that they grow income tax free).
Seniors often wish to make large gifts to loved ones prior to death. Unfortunately, seniors can lose control by gifting property in advance. With good advice, you can ensure that your property is protected for yourself and future generations while preserving full or partial control. Sometimes, seniors create capital gains taxes for their children by […]
Long-term care insurance is important for anyone who wants to have their needs satisfied at home or worst case in an assisted living facility, as no one dreams of spending their final years in a nursing home facility. Bill explains what you want to look for in a long-term care insurance policy, and equally important, […]
The key to any effective asset protection plan is planning. As we progress through various life phases, our asset protection plan needs to evolve as well. In this episode, Bill details the life milestones that require you to review your estate planning. Check out this episode!
Everyone wants a plan that is going to work the way that they want. Unfortunately, there are many ways that a plan can fall apart. How you own and manage your rental property makes a huge difference to whether your overarching estate plan will work. It’s important to remember that planning involves more than just […]
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