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The Importance of a Health Care Directive

As we age, there is a risk that our mental faculties will decline substantially or we'll suffer a sudden, unexpected health issue that leaves us incapacitated and unable to make important healthcare decisions. I've confronted this harsh reality with members of my own family. My father developed Alzheimer's and got to the point where he needed someone to step in and making important decisions on his behalf. Another tragic example is the mental decline of comedian Tim Conway, famous for his role on "The Carol Burnett Show." Conway was diagnosed with dementia and is "almost entirely unresponsive," according to MSN News....

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National Healthcare Decisions Day Provides Reminder of Key Planning Documents You Need

We have all heard horror stories about family members disagreeing over end-of-life care decisions. This can result in families ending up in protracted court battles while patients are kept alive on life support. All the while, no one really knew what the patient actually wanted. Do not let this happen to you. Provide your loved ones with some relief by planning ahead for your healthcare decisions. On April 16, 2016, organizations throughout the country tried to inspire, educate and empower the public about the importance of advance care planning. National Healthcare Decisions Day encourages people to express their wishes regarding healthcare....

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New Year’s Resolution – Review Your Estate Plan

With a new year comes resolutions. Some people may plan to get into better shape. Some people may plan to get out of credit card debt. But everyone should make a resolution to review their estate planning documents. To help get you started, we put together a brief checklist of topics and issues you and your loved ones need to review in your estate plan. You should make this a yearly habit. That is why, at InSight Law, we have a formal maintenance plan for all of our clients to update their estate plans and make adjustments as events in our their...

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Ignorance is Not Bliss – The Importance of Maintaining Your Estate Planning Documents

In a packed auditorium for a TEDx Conference, venerated journalist and author Tom Brokaw was asked flat out by his daughter what was in his Living Will. Why? Because she had no clue. They never talked about exactly what was in his Living Will. Even more shocking was Mr. Brokaw’s admission that “unfortunately, I don’t know a lot about my living will. In fact, I’m not even sure where it is at this point.” [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCFwlysc56c&feature=youtu.be&t=2m15s[/embed] Think about that for a moment – Tom Brokaw, a man who has dedicated his life to investigative journalism including intense research and scouring details of high-level...

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Take Part in the Seventh Annual Virginia Healthcare Decisions Day

Virginia is putting the spotlight on an important aspect of estate planning - healthcare directives. The Seventh Annual Healthcare Decisions Day will take place on April 16th. For more info, check out the Virginia State Bar's info page. So what is this day all about? Well, a critically important estate planning document is an “Advance Directive.” This document allows you to put your wishes regarding medical care in writing and lets your loved ones know the types of medical care you do and do not want in car you are unable to express your wishes. Generally, there are two types of...

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