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Adding this one simple step when a loved one creates or changes their will, powers of attorney and other crucial legal documents can minimize unnecessary stress and familial discord down the road.

End of Life Instructions- A letter of instruction acts as a clear guide to personal, financial, and funeral information for your surviving family members. Learn what to include in this document and how often to update it.

Family members are often stumped when it comes to locating a loved one’s will after they have passed away. Use these tips to locate this legal document so you can begin the probate process.

Power of attorney documents allow caregivers to advocate for their loved ones, but some institutions require additional documentation. See what specific permissions you’ll need to access personal information and make vital decisions.

There are many different legal and financial tools that can be used for Medicaid planning, estate planning and tax planning purposes. A living trusts are one popular option, but it is important to know how this tool works and make sure this is the best fit for your assets, personal situation and goals.

Use these expert tips to help you find a lawyer who is knowledgeable, effective, understanding, and in your budget.

Many adult children and caregivers are concerned about how their parents' debts will be handled once they pass. For parents who are in long-term care facilities, there may be some states where children might be responsible for their bills.

Some individuals may consider transferring property to a trusted family member as a part of their estate plan or Medicaid planning. However, there are a few different scenarios to consider before opting for such a strategy to ensure you do not lose the property altogether.

When planning to apply for state Medicaid benefits, you may want to consider hiring a specialized lawyer to help you. The application process can be extremely complicated, so be sure to do your research beforehand.

Power of attorney is a very useful legal tool for securing the future of your financial affairs in the event that you become incapacitated. A keen understanding of POA can keep you and your family from running into untimely problems down the road.

People and families change, but tearing it up and starting over is not the best option. Consult with an attorney to ensure your wishes are followed.

You planned ahead and were named power of attorney, but why won’t they accept it? Know the three main reasons why financial institutions might prevent you from accessing your loved one’s accounts.

When a group of adult children tried to sue their father's partner and caregiver, they received a shocking verdict. This cautionary tale exemplifies how misusing a power of attorney can have serious legal and financial consequences.

Medicare laws say a patient can get post-hospital extended care services only if they were officially admitted to the hospital for three days. Recent application of these laws and regulations have frustrated caregivers and patients alike.

Many aging adults must apply for Medicaid in order to afford long-term care. Here are some strategies for preserving some of your wealth while qualifying for financial assistance.

Can you be sued by a hired caregiver who gets hurt while taking care of your loved one? A recent California court case highlights the legal issues at stake for families of older adults.

Taxes are an important element to consider when engaging in estate planning. Discover the answers to 5 key estate tax questions.

Donald Sterling's legal battle really began when he and his wife Shelly became co-trustees of the family trust. By signing that document, the couple agreed on two clauses that became keys to the case.

Painful legal battles amongst family members over Kasem’s care overshadowed his final years of life, highlighting the importance of obtaining legal documents and having clear conversations about end-of-life issues sooner rather than later.

Proper Medicaid planning rearranges your finances so that countable assets are exchanged for exempt assets (or otherwise made inaccessible to the state). Here are some common mistakes people make when trying to plan for Medicaid.
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