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    Avoid Disagreements Between Your Power of Attorney and Health Care Surrogate

    A durable power of attorney and a health care proxy are two very important estate planning documents. Because the individuals chosen will have to coordinate your care, it is important to pick two people who will get along.

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    Watch Out for These Potential Problems with Life Estates

    Life estates can be an excellent tool for Medicaid planning, probate avoidance and tax efficiency, but there are potential problems to look out for. 

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    Should You Prepare a Medicaid Application Yourself?

    Whether you should prepare and file a Medicaid application by yourself or should hire help depends on answers to the following questions:

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    Accounting for Gifts and Loans to Children in Your Estate Plan

    No parents want their children to fight among themselves after they are gone. Sadly, conflicts often arise, especially when a parent has gifted or loaned money to one child and not others.

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    Who Are Parties to an Estate?

    When people pass away, their assets go through probate. The parties to an estate are the people involved in the probate process.

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    Depressive Symptoms in Alzheimer’s Disease Family Caregivers

    A new study reveals that 60 percent of family members who were taking care of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease exhibited symptoms of depression that worsened over time

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    How to Know If Your Aging Parents Need Home Care

    Consider the following as you decide whether your aging parents need home care.

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    Six Things to Consider Before Making Gifts to Grandchildren

    Here are some issues grandparents should consider before making gifts to grandchildren or other family members.

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    Activities of Daily Living Measure the Need for Long-Term Care Assistance

    Most long-term care involves assisting with basic personal needs rather than providing medical care.

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    Beware of Non-Lawyers Offering Medicaid Planning Advice

    In recent years a number of non-lawyers have started businesses offering Medicaid planning services to seniors. While using one of these services may be cheaper than hiring a lawyer, the overall costs may be far greater.

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