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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

'Aggressive' Advance Directive Permits Halting Food And Water In Severe Dementia

Is this something that you would want? I will be the first person to sign it - because I see the pain and suffering that people go through during the years of dementia.


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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Guest Blogger: Ashley Taylor from www.disabledparents.org - Preparing Your Home and Your Life for Children as a Disabled Parent


Preparing Your Home and Your Life for Children as a Disabled Parent

 

Preparing your home for parenthood is something every new parent needs to do, but for parents with disabilities, this sometimes takes a bit more planning. For example, just holding your child might be a special challenge for you depending on your disability, so it’s important to make sure your plans accommodate special circumstances. Perhaps you need to hire someone to modify baby furniture or buy special items that make carrying your baby easier.

Safeguarding Your Home

Childproofing is not a new concept, and it is mostly the same process for you.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Why do people choose assisted suicide?


The idea of doctor-assisted suicide has been growing in popularity in recent years. Canada, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland have legalized voluntary euthanasia.  Australia, France, South Africa and United Kingdom are considering similar measures. In the United States, five states have legalized physician assisted suicide via legislation (California, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont and Washington) and one state has legal physician assisted suicide via court ruling (Montana).

According to several recent studies, the reason patients gave for ending their live had to do more with psychological suffering and not physical ones.
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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Must an Executor or a Trustee provide an Accounting?


Being an Executor of an Estate or a Trustee of a Trust comes with having fiduciary responsibility to the ultimate beneficiaries. One such responsibility is to provide an accounting: a report of all the revenue and expenses.

There are several instances where an accounting might be done:

  1. Usually, the Executor or a Trustee will provide an informal accounting prior to making the final distribution from the Estate or the Trust. As part of this process, the Executor or Trustee will ask the beneficiary to sign a Release and Waiver Agreement, designed to protect the Executor or Trustee from liability.

  2. Sometimes, the beneficiaries may request an accounting.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Was your aunt unduly influenced by her neighbor when she transferred her house to him?


Issue of undue influence comes up often in the context of contested probate proceedings. A relative dies, and when the heirs start going through the estate of the dearly beloved, it turns out that there is not much left. Apparently 3 months before her death the aunt transferred her $2MM Manhattan apartment to a next door neighbor. And she named that same neighbor as a beneficiary on her $1MM IRA account and on her $500K life insurance policy. The question then arises – were these transfers made out of free will or were these the result of undue influence?

Undue influence requires a finding that a person was restrained from acting independently, or was constrained to do that which was against her free will and desire.
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Monday, February 26, 2018

How to Talk to an Aging Unsafe Driver


Driving is one of the most sensitive topics for caregivers of elderly. Driving is all about independence and it is one of the most emotional things for a senior to give up. Furthermore, it is hard to get around most of US without a car. So giving up your driving will almost always mean a need for relocation to a different type of living environment, which means leaving your home.

There are different signs and warnings that alert you that an elderly driver is having difficulty.
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Spell the name of the Witness to Your Will


In New York, every Will must be witnessed by at least two witnesses. When the Will gets probated in Surrogate Court, the names of the Witnesses must be listed on the Probate Petition. Therefore, the Executor of the Will has a real problem when the signatures of the Witnesses are illegible and no other information about them is available.

When the Witnesses were the Testator’s friends, it may be possible to figure out their names based on familiarity with the Testator. Even then, there are usually other problems that arise when the Testator executed his Will without a lawyer.
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Revising Your Will Based on Changes in Law and Changes in Facts


It is important to revisit your documents at least once every 5 years. As the tax law changes constantly, the documents created in the past may no longer be the most efficient ones. As your family situation changes, your Will may become completely outdated.

Changes in Law

In the past, estate tax threshold used to be $1MM. Anything above that amount would be taxed at 40%.
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

How to Help Dementia Patients Sleep Better With a Bedtime Routine

Sleep routines are essential for maintaining healthy sleep habits. This is true at any age and ability, but especially for dementia patients.

Dementia patients often experience confusion: about events, facts, and what's happening around them. They may not completely understand what time it is. This can make it difficult for them to pick up on environmental cues that help them figure out when it's nighttime and time to go to sleep.


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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Planning for a Childless Couple


There are different motivations for living child-free. Some couples focus on careers, travel or hobbies. Others see children as a burdensome financial obligation. Yet others are unable to have children. Regardless of reasons, planning for a childless couple may be somewhat different than for a couple with children (no need for guardians for minors), but just as important.
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Simple Steps You Can Take Now to Protect Your Assets


As discussed in the previous article, there are very few of your assets that are protected from creditors in the event of a lawsuit. There are some simple steps that you can take to address your asset’s vulnerability to attacks by creditors.

  1. Buy insurance. You should have a liability insurance policy on your car, on your home, on your business, and an umbrella policy.

  2. Review ownership of assets.


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