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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

It’s Never Too Early to Discuss Financial Preparations


Being young often gives people the feeling that they don’t have to plan for the future. And in some cases, while they may be smart enough to plan for retirement, they do not think about what happens to their estate if they die suddenly.

Often they assume they don’t have enough of an estate to worry about it, or they have no dependents yet, so why bother.

But there are several valid reasons for doing this early planning, not the least of which is taking away the burden for those you leave behind of having to track down your financial accounts or deal with any debt you may have.

The sad reality is people can die young.
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Monday, August 29, 2016

The Rules and Regulations on Organ and Tissue Donation


We are seeing a marked increase in in the number of clients who have inquired about organ and tissue donation. The procedure for designation that you want to be a donor is relatively simple and can be done in a number of ways.

Florida law is very specific on how to make such designations. They include:

  1. Signing an organ and tissue donor card.
  2. Registering with the state’s online donor registry: Read more . . .


Monday, August 22, 2016

Medical Observation Status Still Causing Some Concern


When your loved one goes into the hospital, they can be categorized in a variety of ways. The most common of these is inpatient. But another common designation is medical observation status.

The use of medical observation status, also known as observation outpatient, certainly has legitimate value. Doctors will often use it when they are not sure what is wrong with a person.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Common Mistakes Made By Executors


Being listed as someone’s executor can be an honor at first, but it is important to realize that it is a big responsibility. Dealing with the legal responsibilities of the financial and estates aspects of a will can be very stressful. Here are some of the most common mistakes that executors make.

 

  • Not being fully aware of what you are getting yourself involved with. Starting the role of being an executor without knowing what it is and what the job entails is a huge mistake.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

A Caregiver’s Guide to Money


 

Every family finds the topic of money to be very odd, sensitive and semi-uncomfortable. There are many factors that go into the discussion of money such as, how they deal with money, how to save it, how to spend it, who’s in control of it and how decisions are made. When becoming someone’s caregiver, money plays an important role in how to approach his or her care. Money can become an even bigger issue if you become the caregiver or a parent or loved one. Here are some things you should discuss if you find yourself in this sticky situation.


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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Cremated Remains are Not Property


It took the Florida Legislature to determine this but the cremated remains of a loved one are not property and cannot be split amongst heirs like the revenue from an estate sale or other assets. The determination from the Legislature was part of wider legislation governing Florida’s funeral-home industry.

The Legislature may have stepped in because of a 2014 decision by the 4th District Court of Appeal, which ruled a son’s ashes should not be split 50-50 between two divorced parents. The father hoped to divide the ashes with his ex-wife. He argued that they were assets from his son’s probate estate and should be divided.
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Reasons to Update Life Insurance Beneficiaries


A big decision that comes with putting together a life insurance plan is deciding who the beneficiary is going to be. You could consider your spouse, a relative, a child or even a business partner. Just because you make this decision when you first set up the plan doesn’t mean that it is permanent. The plan needs to be reviewed regularly, and it is crucial to make sure that the beneficiary is still the right choice.

As time goes by, things may change and because of that, you may need to change your beneficiaries.
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Documents Necessary for College Kids


Many parents are under the assumption that they can receive all of their children’s information since they still are supporting them, but that is not the case. Once a child reaches the age of 18, privacy laws are applied to them in the same way they are applied to adults. People think that the following three documents are only needed when you are older, when in reality they are needed once you turn 18 and are ready to go away for college.

 1. HIPAA Release.
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Monday, July 11, 2016

VA System Needs Fixing


 

Whether it is waiting three hours on the phone to speak to a doctor or not being able to make a doctor’s appointment for eight months, veterans are having a difficult time trying to see doctors. The lack of doctors and their minimal time to see the veteran patients are causing the veteran to wait an excessive amount of time.  

Congress thought they resolved this issue by creating the Veterans Choice program in 2014. This law expanded the number of options that veterans had for receiving health care. The goal of this act was to provide veterans with visits to the physician’s offices in a timely manner.
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Monday, July 4, 2016

Medicare Celebrates 50 Years


We hit a Medicare milestone last Friday, July 1, as the program hit 50. Medicare first started covering Americans who were 65 or over on July 1, 1966.

Just getting everyone enrolled in 1966 was a monumental task since half the people in that age group had no insurance at all. But since that time the program has been providing outstanding service for older Americans.

The Center for Medicare Advocacy recognized Medicare’s 50 years with a list of 10 great accomplishments – some well-known and others more obscure.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Grandparents Investments in 529s


With college costs and the associated debt graduates find themselves in after finishing school increasing at an alarming rate, students are more and more trying to connect with a new alternative source for funding – their grandparents.

And grandparents – feeling that familial obligation – are coming through when they can.

An average year’s college tuition ranges from $17,000 to $60,000 a year, and that’s without any of the extra associated costs. As a result, a recent survey by Fidelity Investments indicates more than 50% of grandparents are saving or plan to save their money to help pay for college for their grandchildren.

If you are in that group, one of the best ways to accomplish this is through a 529 plan – a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for future college costs.
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