Animal shelters often fill a need created by selfish or irresponsible pet owners. But even beloved pets cared for by considerate owners can end up in a shelter -- or worse. I read an Associated Press … [Read more...] about Don’t Abandon Your Pets When You Make Your Estate Plan
The local news from time to time reports cases of elderly people who have been the victims of financial abuse and lost their life savings. The signs of abuse are often there but no one is looking or … [Read more...] about Financial Predators – Protecting an Elderly Parent From Gold Diggers
Part One explained some “landmines” in estate planning for “stuff” – the personal effects, household furnishings, jewelry, family photos, music, collectibles, etc., that can often have more value to … [Read more...] about The Minefield of Planning for “Stuff” — Part Two
Living wills and health care powers of attorney (also known as physician directives) are widely available as fill-in-the blank forms. But do-it-yourself medical-legal forms may not be worth the paper … [Read more...] about Are Your Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney Worth the Paper They’re Written On?
If you have elderly parents, have you talked with them about the challenge of handling the “stuff” they will leave behind one day? In more than 33 years of working with families after death of a … [Read more...] about The Minefield of Planning for “Stuff” – Part One
In this third and final segment, I will offer tips on how to actually dispose of the “stuff” that parents and loved ones may leave behind. It can be surprising and even shocking when children … [Read more...] about The Minefield of Planning for “Stuff ” — Part Three