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Posted by Andrew Byers | Nov 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

You may think your living will is in order, including instructions regarding resuscitation commonly referred to as a DNR (do not resuscitate). While your wishes in a living will may be appropriately documented, that does not guarantee the instructions will be carried out as you stated. The unfort...

New Opportunities for Wartime Veterans and their Widows

Posted by Andrew Byers | Nov 01, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released new eligibility rules for the VA pension program. VA pension, a tax-free monthly cash benefit, is available to wartime Veterans who served at least 90 days of active duty service with 1 day during a declared period of war. Surviving spouse...

Special Needs Trusts: What You Need to Know

Posted by Andrew Byers | Oct 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

In general, a trust is created when property or assets are managed by a person for another person's benefit. The person or entity who manages the trust is known as the “trustee” and is entrusted with the responsibility of making decisions in the best interest of the person who benefits from the t...

Misconceptions About Powers of Attorney

Posted by Andrew Byers | Oct 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

A durable power of attorney is one of the most important estate planning documents you can have. It allows someone who you appoint (your agent or attorney-in-fact) to make decisions on your behalf in the event you become incapacitated. If you have not appointed an agent then your friends and fami...

Points to Discuss with Your Parents as they Age

Posted by Andrew Byers | Sep 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Your parent is getting on in age, but you don't have a clear idea if there is a plan in place for their care. It is a difficult topic to broach; no one wants to talk about getting older and the financial realities that come with aging. Instead of having a proactive conversation early in a parent'...

Spousal Dementia and its Effect on a Marriage

Posted by Andrew Byers | Sep 07, 2018 | 0 Comments

When someone you love, in particular, your spouse, becomes ill you want to help them get well. But what happens when the illness is dementia? A marital relationship that could have spanned years or decades becomes subject to enormous change, and that change is not a slow linear progression of pre...

Long-term Care Insruance

Posted by Andrew Byers | Aug 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Long-term care insurance is very beneficial for the elderly or disabled person who need will services or support to meet their personal care or health needs. However, it is important to understand long-term care insurance before the time comes when the benefits are needed. Unfortunately, many peo...

Hospice Care

Posted by Andrew Byers | Jul 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

What is Hospice Care?  Hospice care can be very difficult for families to come to terms with, but can be a beneficial care option for those caring for a terminally ill loved one. The purpose of hospice care is to provide comfort and quality of life for a terminally ill person. Hospice care can a...

What to Do After a Dementia Diagnosis

Posted by Andrew Byers | Jul 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Many elderly people who are diagnosed with dementia are unprepared for future care. Once this type of diagnosis is received, preparing for the future can no longer be avoided. If you or someone you love has received a dementia diagnosis, begin immediately to discuss and seek guidance for future c...

Making Sure Your Wishes are Carried Out

Posted by Andrew Byers | Jul 09, 2018 | 0 Comments

The importance of making end of life preparations cannot be stressed enough. Many put off making these plans thinking there is always time to do it later. The sad reality is that none of us are guaranteed time. Others may be bothered by the thought of death itself and allow this to paralyze them ...

The Challenges of Placing a Parent in Long Term Care

Posted by Andrew Byers | Jun 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Long term care (LTC) is a term that has many parts to its definition. It is comprised of a variety of services that meet medical and non-medical requirements for people who cannot care for themselves for long periods of time. It is a highly individualized care system which can be formally or info...

Making Sure Your Estate Plan Reflects Your Wishes

Posted by Andrew Byers | May 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Jack and Doris wanted to divide their property equally between their three children. The house should to go to daughter Mary who loved it, and the rest of their estate should be apportioned equally between sons Bob and Frank. Jack and Doris's attorney drafted a will distributing the modest remai...

Medicaid Divorce: Maybe . . . Maybe Not.

Posted by Andrew Byers | May 08, 2018 | 0 Comments

Harry and Wanda got married late in life. This was their second marriage, and both had children from the prior marriages. The couple wanted their children to inherit from their respective parents, so Harry and Wanda signed a prenuptial agreement to keep their property clearly separated. Unfortun...

When Keeping Care in the Family, Put it in Writing

Posted by Andrew Byers | Apr 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ruth lived alone after her husband died. Soon her son Ted noticed that she didn't have enough clean clothes, her fridge was empty, and she had fallen a few times. Clearly if Ruth were going to stay at home – and who wouldn't rather do that, if possible – she would need help. Ted was willing to m...

Medicare and Medicaid: Unlocking the Mystery

Posted by Andrew Byers | Apr 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Medicare and Medicaid have long been a mystery to many consumers. In fact, it can baffle and confuse even some of the smartest citizens. Like many, you might have thought, “I don't need to worry about this right now.” However, it is never too early to gain a little understanding and awareness tha...

Alzheimer's Stigmas

Posted by Andrew Byers | Mar 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

When a loved one starts to lose his or her memory, it can be a struggle for the entire family. The person who has been the head of the family may soon fade from the person they once were, leaving their loved ones to wonder what will come next. The stigma associated with Alzheimer's disease has a ...

5 Things to Include in an Estate Plan

Posted by Andrew Byers | Mar 03, 2018 | 0 Comments

Estate planning is important for people of all ages, but as we age, the need for planning becomes even more critical. Many people avoid estate planning, because they do not want to think about the end of life, failing health or disability. Others believe that an estate plan is only for rich peopl...

Considerations for Retirement Planning

Posted by Andrew Byers | Feb 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Most people dream of the day they can retire. The problem is that many do not move beyond dreaming to planning. Planning can be done no matter what your age, but experts encourage people to start as early as possible. Retirement planning can seem like a daunting endeavor for many people as they f...

What the New Tab Bill Means for Seniors

Posted by Andrew Byers | Feb 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December of 2017 which is aimed at cutting taxes for corporations and all Americans. While the bulk of the legislation went into effect January 2018, most taxpayers will not see much of a difference in their taxes until 2019, when they file their 2018 ...

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