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Estate Planning: What You Need

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A new study has found that many people fail to make necessary decisions about the future because they are too scared to think about death. According to researchers from Boston College in Massachusetts, fear of death causes individuals to avoid preparing…

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Every individual hopes to live an independent life in which they are able manage their own affairs. However, mental or physical incapacity may leave a person unable to make informed decisions for themselves. In such cases, conservatorship and guardianship…

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By Myra Gerson Gilfix The Choosing Wisely campaign, an initiative by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation in partnership with Consumer Reports (begun in 2012), is an attempt to alert both doctors and patients to problematic and commonly…

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Attorneys Michael Gilfix and Mark R. Gilfix of Gilfix & La Poll Associates appeared as featured speakers at two sessions during the 2016 National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Summit in Newport Beach, California, on January 28 and 29. Michael Gilfix is…

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Question Hello.  I’m about to open a new brokerage account. I’m assuming I should open this as a JTWROS account and then move this into our estate plan.  Can you please confirm? Answer You can likely open it in the name of your trust. Title it the same as…

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By Attorney Elijah Keyes A father designated his son and daughter as the beneficiaries of his large retirement account. The daughter’s husband was physically abusive and the couple had been considering divorce. The father was adamant that his son-in-law…

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Over 8 million older Americans receive care at home or in facilities by strangers. Some caregivers are trained and managed by home health care agencies. Others are hired privately in an effort to save money. Privately hired caregivers may charge as little…

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When parents pass away without clear instructions in place about how to divide their assets upon their death, they may leave family members battling over inheritance for years. Such fights can cause rifts that are sometimes impossible to heal. A will…

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A study by Emory University researchers has found that women shoulder six times the cost of Alzheimer’s disease care than men. The greater burden in expenses is mainly due to the informal care that women provide to family members who have the degenerative…
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