Life (and Death) Happens: Why a Plan Is So Important

Growing up as the youngest of seven children I was surrounded by many maternal figures. The age difference between me and my oldest sister is sixteen years. In addition to the love from my parents, my siblings made sure I had everything I needed – everything except a plan for the unthinkable. At 10 years old, life was “normal.” I was doing well, going to school and hanging out with my friends. My childhood home was in the suburbs of Palm Desert, Calif. My siblings and I really didn’t want for anything. My father owned his own contracting business and

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What Hospice Can Do For Your Loved One and You

November is National Hospice & Palliative Care Month. Although the concept of hospice care has been around for centuries, it is still an area of medical practice that many people today aren’t aware of. Hospice provides comfort and support during the final stages of one’s life. It does more than just meet the physical needs of patients. In many cases, patients require more than just physical comfort. It may be that the patient has spiritual or psychosocial needs that could be fulfilled before their passing. Hospice offers many resources and programs to meet these needs and ensure the patient has

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How to Avoid Probate Litigation After Death

How to Avoid Probate Litigation After Death

    If you have given any thought about to whom you want to give your belongings after your death, you will likely hire an estate lawyer to draft legal documents to carry out those intentions.  Because of the formality of the estate planning process, we all somehow assume that we can easily check that difficult task off our to-do list after we sign those documents. How to Avoid Probate Litigation After Death But Not So Fast! If you haven’t told your family your specific intentions, or discussed with them what possessions they would like to receive, they may not follow

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What is Mom's Password?

What is Mom's Password?

Let’s face it. We live in a sophisticated, technologically driven world whether we like it or not.  Like most things in life, that happens to be both good and bad news. What is Mom's Password? But with technology comes passwords, usernames,  and PIN numbers. Not only are we instructed to keep these in a “safe” place, we are challenged with the task, on a daily and sometimes hourly basis, of remembering what password goes with what. What is Mom's Password? So how do we keep all our passwords and usernames straight while we gracefully age and our short term memories grow a bit

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Why don't we talk about death?

Why don't we talk about death?

Why don't we talk about death? First of all, it’s going to happen to each and every one of us. Yet, why does initiating a conversation about planning ahead for death always seem to make people run in the other direction? Why don't we talk about death?  What is it that makes us so fearful?  Do you think that having conversations about end-of-life plans will in fact “jinx” you? Why don't we talk about death? Why talking about death and planning ahead is beneficial: We are less prepared to tackle end-of-life decisions during a crisis (when incapacity occurs or when a loved one

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Making your Own Decision About End of Life

How is Sign Language Helping People with Dementia?

Hope is Not a Plan, But Planning Will Generate Hope It’s here. Some call it the “silver tsunami” while others reference it as “the greying of America”. Nearly half of the “sandwich“ generation have a parent over age 65 and are raising young children or supporting grown children. Making your Own Decision about End of Life Alarmingly, thousands of critically important end-of-life and after death decisions are currently being made without the benefit of advanced planning. While “hope” is not a plan, planning realizes hope. Have you ever considered all the decisions that will need to be made when someone, including

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Real Estate Documents Your Children Need After You Die

Real Estate Documents Your Children Need After You Die

5 Real Estate Documents Your Children Will Need After You Pass Away Planning ahead for what happens at the end-of-life shouldn't involve frantic last minute searches for information that someone in your family will need, and want, after you are gone.  It's so much easier if you take some time now to plan ahead. Real Estate Documents Your Children Need After You Die One of the biggest items to plan for is what happens to your real estate. Unless you want to send your loved ones on a wild goose chase looking for documents, keys, and other assorted valuable information that

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Initiating End-Of-Life Conversations with Parents

Initiating End-Of-Life Conversations with Parents

Whether you plan ahead or you’re thrown into a situation due to a sudden health crisis, end-of-life conversations are never easy. Couple that with trying to initiate these conversations with your aging parents.  End-of-Life talks can be excruciatingly delicate and sometimes difficult. One must simultaneously tread lightly, yet boldly. Initiating End-Of-Life Conversations with Parents Here are some basic guidelines to help prepare for these very important and personal discussions. Initiating End-Of-Life Conversations with Parents Start now Initiating End-Of-Life Conversations with Parents If you think it’s difficult to find the time today, it could be much harder.  Imagine what it will be like trying to

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Death and Family Hunt for Hidden Assets

Saving Money After Retirement

Where are you hiding assets? Are they stored away in a locked trunk in your attic? Are they located in boxes stacked on the back wall of your moldy basement? Or did you pile your valuable art and antiques in an off–site storage unit located two towns over from your house? Death and Family Hunt for Hidden Assets Do you have several passbook bank accounts from various banks scattered in the four towns you once lived in or three 401K Plans from prior employment? Have you hidden jewelry in tattered shoeboxes in the back of a third floor closet or in

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