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Thursday, September 19, 2013

National Preparedness Month

We still have a few weeks left in the month of September, and that gives us time to observe, National Preparedness Month.

I came across an article from the Administration for Community Living recognizing what this month marks for those such as myself who spend their career ensuring that everyone is ready for what life throws their way.

No matter your age or health you can be affected by health crises. Whether it is a family member with a disability, an uncle who is suddenly diagnosed with cancer or the caregiver whose needs could become pushed aside – every person has to have a plan.

This article is full of valuable information that can help you be prepared for a health crisis. Please do not wait. Join me in observing National Preparedness Month.

 http://www.acl.gov/NewsRoom/Blog/2013/2013_09_03.aspx


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Estate Planning? But I am alive and well…

In a day and age where financial decisions are treated like open-heart surgery, many people are uncertain where to begin. How about start with something you can see – your estate? This can include your home, your money, even your hobbies. I found an article recently written by professional financial planners.

 

The article talked about the top 10 mistakes that people tend to make during the process of estate planning.  The first dealt with taking the initiative to begin making your estate plan. Most of us don’t consider making a plan; after all we are so young. Why would we need to worry about death and what we leave behind?

 

We must also consider all of the “what if scenarios.” This can be the most daunting task, not many people want to think about the possibility of getting cancer or getting divorced from their spouse.

 

Don’t forget about your pet when making an estate plan. Your pet may outlive you in a sudden accident and you wouldn’t want them without a secure place to go. People rescue animals from shelters; you wouldn’t want to be the one to send a pet there.

 

Most importantly when making an estate plan you need to read all of the fine print. Analyze everything, for this is dealing with all of your belongings that you have worked so hard to get. If you don’t understand something be sure to ask. Believe me, litigation jargon can be very unclear.  


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Who Cares for the Caregiver?

Many times the caregiver role was not one they neither expected nor intended to play. Family caregivers especially, may feel an obligation to care for their aging loved ones to the point of harming their own health. But it can become dangerous and quickly. They start out not eating enough, getting less sleep and in the end stress themselves out further. Becoming consumed in their newly found caregiving duties, family caregivers don’t often stop to think about what happens after their own children are grown, and those they’ve spent so much time caring for have passed on. In the end, who cares for the caregiver?

            There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers. According to USA Today, in one out of every three households in the U.S., at least one member is a considered a caregiver. The need to give care and receive care is in our nature. But at the same time, caregivers cannot forget that as they help others they must also take care of themselves. After all one day, they too will be the ones in need of a caregiver.

            Caregivers especially, should make a long-term care plan for themselves and make sure that finances and legal issues are in order while they are still young and able to do so. In a perfect world, there would always be willing younger family members to take on the caregiver role and care for the caregiver who is no longer able to care for themselves. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world and in many family situations this is not the case. Children, caught up in their own lives are not always so willing to take on the tough role of a family caregiver.

Often in family situations, one child will step up and take on the caregiving role because the others would not. This not only makes this child the sole caregiver but it also leaves them without much family support.

            As they continue to dutifully provide care to their loved ones, family caregivers need to recognize that they may need someone watching out and caring for them even before they reach their older years. You must be prepared for the uncertain. We can help you ensure you have a stable future and a well thought out plan.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Beneficiary Plans

Having recently married Kate, Michael realized it was a good time to get their estate plan in place. He had the intuition to be prepared, even as early on in their life together as it was.  Michael remembered seeing a lawyer's office on the way to work, so one day over their lunch breaks, Michael and Kate stopped by to talk with the lawyer. They wanted to discuss the preparation of their wills. They explained to the lawyer that if something happened to one of them, they wanted to leave everything to each other. They knew that as their lives evolved they could alter the wills accordingly. After the wills had been executed, they tucked the documents into their filing cabinet knowing that their affairs were now in order, and that they could rest easily.

This story always makes an attorney such as myself very happy to hear. I want to ensure that everyone is properly prepared for anything life throws at their household.


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