Estate planning is important for everyone. We simply don’t know when something tragic could happen such as sudden death or an accident that could leave us incapacitated. With proper planning, families who are dealing with the unexpected experience fewer headaches and less expense associated with … [Read more...] about Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples
Health Care Directives
If tomorrow your college student was involved in an unforeseen emergency, do you have the correct legal documents in place which would allow you to communicate with doctors or financial institutions on his or her behalf? For many parents, “estate planning” is not a term which seems to apply to … [Read more...] about Will Privacy Laws Stop You From Helping Your College Student In An Emergency?
Many people are confused by these important estate planning documents. It’s important to understand the functions of each and ensure you are fully protected by incorporating both of these documents into your overall estate plan. A “living will,” is a legal document setting forth your wishes for … [Read more...] about A Living Will or Health Care Power of Attorney? How about a Health Care Directive?
Healthcare directives can be vitally important, as recent cases, like that of Terry Schiavo, clearly brought to light. These important documents can mean the difference between your health care wishes being carried out or family members fighting over whether a loved one should be placed in a nursing … [Read more...] about You’ve Finally Done Your Healthcare Directives – Now What?
The “ostrich syndrome” is part of human nature; it’s unpleasant to observe that which frightens us. However, pulling our heads from the sand and making preparations for frightening possibilities can provide significant emotional and psychological relief from fear. When it comes to Alzheimer’s … [Read more...] about Advance Planning Can Help Relieve the Worries of Alzheimer’s Disease
Many people are confused by advance directives for health care. They are unsure what type of directives are available, and whether or not they need need directives at all, especially if they are young. There are several types of advance directives. One is a living will, which communicates what type … [Read more...] about Do I Really Need Advance Directives for Health Care?
“I just need a simple will.” It’s a phrase estate planning attorneys hear practically every other day. From the client’s perspective, there’s no reason to do anything complicated, especially if it might lead to higher legal fees. Unfortunately, what may appear to be a “simple” estate is all too … [Read more...] about Beware of “Simple” Estate Plans
Having an estate plan that does what it is meant to do requires a little maintenance. Conducting an estate plan audit at least once every three years can save you (and your family) a lot of stress and heartache. To conduct an audit, just follow these steps. If you have any questions, be sure to … [Read more...] about Conduct An Estate Plan Audit
As an estate planning and family law attorney I cannot urge people enough to make sure their wishes are documented and, more importantly, their families are protected and prepared. A valid Health Care Directive is a critically important document that is so easy to get. It can truly make a world of … [Read more...] about Why Every Adult Must Have a Health Care Directive