If you are wondering when you should start your estate planning…the answer is, “NOW!”  When individuals ask me when a good time to star their estate plan is, I always advise that there is no such thing as starting your estate plan too early.  And no, I do not just say that because it is…

After an engagement, the whirlwind of wedding planning starts.  Even planning for a small wedding comes with a lot of moving parts, not to mention considerable expense.  So when I suggest to newly engaged couples that they might want to do their estate planning while they are planning their wedding, they oftentimes find the idea…

I recently had the privilege of working with a husband and wife to complete their estate plan.  The couple was young, with a daughter who had just turned two before they came to meet with me.  Similar to many couples I work with who have children, they explained that it was the birth of their…

As an elder law attorney, I am passionate about preventing elder abuse and financial exploitation.  Not only is identity theft a risk that threatens elder individuals – it threatens every single one of us.  It is important to keep your identity secure.  However, even the most careful individuals find themselves dealing with consequences of identity…

Memory loss can be a sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s – a brain disease that causes a decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills.  There are oftentimes warning signs and symptoms, ten of which are discussed in this article.  Every individual experiencing one or more of these signs should be encouraged to see a doctor…

Estate planning is important for anyone to do – it provides peace of mind and security regarding the future of you and your loved ones.  However, for first responders, estate planning is particularly important as their careers, by nature, carry a greater risk to their health and lives. Firefighters and police officers, for example, work…

Elder financial exploitation is a prevalent issue of increasing concern, and can occur a number of ways.  Elder financial exploitation occurs when someone who is authorized to manage an elder individual’s money makes unauthorized expenditure of funds, or fail to use funds for the elder’s needs.  It also occurs when someone without legal authority uses…

As an estate planning attorney, I have worked with individuals and couples who put off completing their estate plan out of anxiety regarding the process.  Oftentimes, they anticipate that the process of completing their estate plan will require a lot of paperwork and legwork on their end.  They are overwhelmed by the idea of planning…

­­­­­­­­­­­­ It is important to make certain that your estate plan is current and updated.  Very rarely do individuals just have one estate plan throughout their lives.  As things in your life change, sometimes your estate plan must change as well. Wills can be changed by drafting and executing a new one, or by amending…

Significant life events can motivate individuals to start their estate planning.  Oftentimes, it is when people have children that they start taking the steps to get a will, health care directive and power of attorney.  However, having a will is just as important for individuals who do not have children, but it can easily be…

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