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Is It Important to Execute an Advance Health Care Directive?

Clearly there is a financial component that lies at the core of your estate planning efforts, but this is not the only thing to take into consideration. If you want to be comprehensively prepared for the future it is important to consider all of the eventualities that go along with aging. People who reach an advanced age often decline gradually, and this can sometimes include a period of incapacitation.

The Costs of Dementia: For the Patient and the Family

A recent report from the Alzheimer's Association states that one in nine Americans age 65 or older currently have Alzheimer's. With the baby boomer generation aging and people living longer, that number may nearly triple by 2050. Alzheimer's, of course, is just one cause of dementia-mini-strokes (TIAs) are also to blame-so the number of those with dementia may actually be higher.

Who Can Benefit from Estate Planning?

You may wonder if estate planning is right for you. Is it necessary, even if you don't have millions of dollars and a lot of property to leave to your loved ones? No matter how much you have to give to your beneficiaries and heirs, meeting with an estate planning attorney allows you to map out how you want your worldly possessions to be distributed after you are gone.

Why Creating a Living Trust Is a Good Idea

If you've done even minimal research about estate planning, you've likely heard or read warnings about the lengthy probate process and its costs to your heirs and beneficiaries. Avoiding that process is the main benefit of a living trust. It provides for the handling of probate tasks while you are alive, including paying your debts and distributing your assets, so that when you pass on, your intentions do not have to be figured out and settled by a probate judge.

How to Make an Advance Health Care Directive Work for You

It's doubtful that you'd want a doctor you've never met to make decisions about whether you live or die, or how you live or die. In fact, you may even to shudder to think about certain family members making those choices. Most people would rather make end-of-life decisions for themselves. Especially since in some cases, you may have moral or religious objections to medical treatments.

Probate and Your Estate

The probate process is an important consideration for post mortem planning. Upon death, a person's estate is administered through probate court. The probate court judge examines the will, if one exists, for validity. If the decedent did not prepare a last will and testament, in legalese, the person is said to have died intestate.

Does Your Estate Need a Probate Attorney?

Probate is a subject that most people ignore or just put off, but it's highly important. Probate is something you most likely would rather avoid, but this process isn't always that easy to skip over - especially if your estate plan isn't adequate. If you don't have any experience with probate, it can be a daunting thing to go through.

Ways to Minimize Costs for Your Estate after Death

Death isn't cheap. There are costs most people don't account for - outside of the realm of funeral and burial costs. To make sure your estate and loved ones don't foot the bill, consider these tips for how to reduce costs your estate will encounter after death.

Common Misconceptions about the Fiduciary Role

There are a lot of terms associated with estate planning. While most are readily understood, one of the most commonly misunderstood terms it the fiduciary. Your fiduciary holds a responsibility under the law. Fiduciaries are required to put your needs above their own - both financially and health-wise. When selecting this person, you may want to consider the following.

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