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Naming a Guardian – Do You Need Court Approval?

If you have minor a child, or children, an important issue you’ll need to address in your estate plan is determining who will take care of your children if you suddenly pass away. This person would serve as a “guardian” for your children until they become legal adults. A question I routinely get asked by clients is whether the guardian they prefer to name will need to be approved by a court. Here’s the answer: it depends. A major factor that will influence a guardianship issue is where you reside. If you live in Maryland, you can actually...

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Proper Medicaid Planning Is Essential for Long-Term Care

The National Institute on Aging reports that roughly 70 percent of American over the age of 65 will need some type of long-term care. If that isn’t shocking enough, the NIA reports that over 40 percent of Americans will need some type of nursing home care at some point in their life. You may be thinking, “What’s the big deal?” Well, considering the fact that the annual cost of long-term care at a nursing home is over $100,000 per year, the “big deal” is financial – the cost of care could quickly wipe out your savings leaving you with very...

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No Children? The Challenge of Deciding Who Receives Your Estate’s Assets

Most people with adult children include them in their estate plan by giving them authority to make decisions on their behalf, and to ultimately inherit their assets. But what about couples who have no children? Estate planning for childless couples can actually be more challenging than for couples with children. How is it more difficult? Well, because there’s probably no default individual to empower to make decisions on your behalf, administer your estate, and determine who will inherit your assets. Childless couples usually look to siblings, extended relatives, charities, or close friends. Another issue for childless couples is the tendency...

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Estate Planning – Hard Truths

Richard Randall, the Chairman and CEO of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys, recently published a great article highlighting some hard truths about estate planning. Richard points out some serious flaws with how most people approach the estate planning process. Unfortunately, it's viewed as a "one and done" event without much discussion about proper maintenance and disclosures necessary to create a thorough estate plan. Check out the full article here: The Truth About Estate Planning ...

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