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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Retirement Sabotage


There’s a huge difference between wanting a successful retirement plan and obtaining a successful retirement plan. We tend to blame external factors as the reason we don’t plan successfully, when in reality, it is all on our plate. An individual’s future financial plan is crucial and without extensive preparation, it will be difficult to achieve. If you find yourself falling into any of the situations below, you can be harming your retirement.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

The Elder Financial Abuse Epidemic


Elder financial abuse has been prevalent for a many years and it unfortunately continues to grow as time passes. Seniors have been experiencing more fraud due to their increased use of the Internet and technology. Individuals target older people because elders tend to have money sitting in the bank, they tend to be more gullible and they tend to be more kind and friendly individuals. Recent research reports that seniors lost around $36 billion dollars each year due to financial abuse and up to 44 million Americans were victims of these scams. Common fraud types include telemarketing fraud, identity theft, health care/health insurance fraud, and Internet scams.
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Monday, May 16, 2016

Who Should You Select as Your Executor?


When you consider your executor, or as is commonly known in Florida your personal representative, it is likely the last person you will ever ask to do something for you. Studies show that most people name a family member or friend as the executor of their will. But is that the right choice?

 Florida has very specific rules about who can serve in this role as an estate goes through probate, debts and taxes are paid and the balance gets transferred to the people entitled to it under your will.

 Florida statutes say your personal representative must be at least 18 years old and mentally and physically capable of serving – that is, not judged incapacitated by a court. Like many other states, Florida prohibits people who have felony convictions from serving as an executor.
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Monday, May 9, 2016

National Elder Law Month and Our Involvement


 

May is National Elder Law Month. It’s fine to make such a proclamation, but what does it mean?

Originally created through a declaration by Pres. John F. Kennedy in 1963, when it was referred to as Senior Citizens Month, the name was changed by Pres. Jimmy Carter in 1980 to Older Americans Month.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Can My Ex Take My Social Security Benefits?


There are some circumstances in which your ex-spouse is entitled to your social security benefits. Many people are not aware of this fact and are then surprised when they are faced with this situation. Learn how your ex-spouse can use these benefits so it does not come as a surprise later on.

Most rules depend on the length of your marriage. For example, if you and your ex were married for more than 10 years, it is likely that they qualify for your spousal and survivor benefits.


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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Cost of Elder Hoarding


Despite what is portrayed in the media, hoarding is no laughing matter. It can pose a serious danger to your loved ones and even to your wallets. When your family member hoards, dangerous materials are piling up such as old food scraps, dirt and even sometimes animals such as rats and roaches get lost in the piles. Unfortunately to hire a professional to clean everything up can be cost prohibitive. It is important to avoid the cost and danger before the damage escalates.
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Monday, April 11, 2016

National Healthcare Decision Day


 

It may just be a day on the calendar but this Saturday, April 16, has some great significance – National Healthcare Decision Day. It is a day with a relatively simple mission – to encourage people to consider, discuss and document their healthcare wishes.

Why is that important? Think about the decisions your doctors and family members would have to make if you don’t let them know in advance how you want to be treated should you reach the point that you cannot explain your own wishes.

So National Healthcare Decision Day was created by a nonprofit organization determined to make people aware and, more importantly, to take action when it comes to advance-care planning by preparing advance directives.

There are two common forms of advance directives – living wills and a health care surrogate designation.
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Monday, April 4, 2016

New Apple Film Dramatizes Advances for People with Autism


A new short film by Apple called Dillan’s Voice demonstrates some of the advances in technology being used to help people with autism. A recent article in Mashable describes this new technology.

This is a tremendous advance in how we deal with people with autism and demonstrates how technology, like the Apple iPad can be an extremely effective tool. The results are outstanding.
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Monday, March 28, 2016

Healthcare Scams

Unfortunately, senior citizens are a popular target for healthcare scams. Companies and people take advantage of cognitive decline to overcharge patients and even sometimes recommend harmful products. However, being aware of these scams can keep you and your loved ones prepared. You can avoid healthcare fraud by simply being informed.

One of the biggest scams is fake prescription drugs and pharmacies. Some people will turn to the internet and come across an online pharmacy that has their prescription drugs for a much cheaper price. The only problem is that most of the time, these pharmacies are not real and the drugs they give out are highly ineffective.

Another popular scam against senior citizens is the use of dangerous products and useless medications and products. A lot of seniors will purchase anti-aging products or other products that claim to be beneficial either online or in commercials. The problem with these products is that they can come with serious side effects or may be placebos. The best thing is to consult with your doctor before taking anything they themselves did not prescribe to you.

Healthcare insurance fraud is also a big problem amongst seniors. Seniors make up a large portion of the healthcare industry. This makes them easy scam targets. Being informed can keep you and your family safe and aware.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Do You Have Unclaimed Property?

Our friend and colleague Twyla Sketchley, of the Sketchley Law Firm in Tallahassee, recently posted a blog about unclaimed property that I felt was worth sharing.

The blog is filled with excellent information explaining what unclaimed property is, how to find and claim your unclaimed property and when and where to check for such property. Nationally billions of dollars of unclaimed property is being held, usually at the state level.

In Florida, checking is a simple process. You go to the state website at www.fltreasurehunt.org and type in your name.

Please take the time to review the blog from the Sketchley Law Firm by clicking here (http://sketchleylaw.com/do-you-have-unclaimed-property).

 


Monday, March 14, 2016

Four Major Planning Topics

When your parents get older, there are certain topics that need to be discussed in order to properly plan for later life. The four most important topics to touch on are living arrangements, medical coverage, estate planning and finances.

Living arrangements can be the most difficult topic to discuss, but it is important to understand that at one point your parents may no longer be able to take care of themselves. They need to vocalize what they would like in the future so that you can accommodate when the time comes.

Medical coverage can be an easy topic to cover. You need to be sure to have the names and phone numbers of every doctor and specialist your parents go to so that later in life, one can properly choose a perfect medical coverage plan.

Estate planning includes many sub topics. It is easiest to hire an elder law attorney so that you get organized about after life planning and much more. Another way to be prepared is to talk to your parents about where they have their legal documents so that you are always aware and ready in case you need them.

Financial plans are the most important to talk about because this ties into all the other topics of discussion. Knowing what your parents need can help both you and them in the long run and make the transitions easy.


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