After finishing high school, many graduates are focusing on planning for college.  Such planning includes choosing classes, buying supplies and items for classes as well as their dorm room or apartment, and preparing to move away from home for the first time – sometimes even across the country.  It can be exciting, stressful, and overwhelming…

With rapid advancements in technology, more “every day” things are being managed online, or through apps on cell phones.  Bills may be received by email, and paid securely online.  Documents can be stored in secure clouds or “online vaults.” It is important to make sure your loved ones are aware of what digital assets you…

“First comes love, then comes marriage…” is an old adage that no longer rings true in today’s society.  Couples who are in committed, long term relationships do not always marry, for a multitude of reasons.  Perhaps one partner, or both, have been married before and do not wish to marry again.  Maybe marriage is not…

Through a quick Google search, it is easy to find “fill in the blank” Power of Attorney forms being provided by numerous sources, such as “do it yourself” guides or cheap and seemingly “easy” online options.  The sources make it seem as though it is easy to complete a power of attorney yourself at little…

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…

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…

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