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Author Archives: Ilene H. Fingeret

Making a Plan for Health Care Decisions

The purpose of creating your estate plan isn’t only to determine what happens to your assets after you pass away.  Estate planning also serves to protect you and your loved ones by outlining a plan for making medical decisions if you are unable to do so yourself.  As with all aspects of your estate plan, […]

Funding Your Revocable Trust

Revocable trusts, also known as “living trusts”, can offer notable benefits including probate avoidance and asset management if you become incapacitated.  However, these benefits will not be available if you do not fund your trust.  Read on to learn more about revocable trusts and why funding your trust is a critical part of the estate […]

How to Plan for the Future of Your Autistic Child

If you have a child with autism, planning for the future can be daunting.  Read on to learn how you can best prepare your estate plan to ensure a successful life for your autistic child after you are gone. Preparing legal documents for your estate can be complicated and even more so if you have […]

Recognizing and Preventing Financial Elder Abuse

Financial abuse has become the most common form of elder abuse.  While it can occur at any time, financial abuse will often start after the death of a spouse or during a health crisis.  Individuals who are lonely, alone or in poor health are the most vulnerable. It can be difficult to identify or recognize […]

Changing Your Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document in which the principal appoints someone they trust as an agent to make decisions and act on their behalf.  The agent does not have to be an attorney, but a lawyer should draft the power of attorney documents because there are many different types of powers of […]

Waiting Too Long to Plan Will Limit Your Options

Many individuals wait until something bad happens before they decide to plan for the future.  Unfortunately, when it comes to making decisions about estate planning and elder care, waiting too long can severely limit your options. There are many reasons why people procrastinate but here are 5 reasons why you should start your estate planning […]

Estate Planning for Your Digital Assets

With the upcoming arrival of their first child, Jeremy and Erin consulted an estate planning attorney to discuss their estate plan including the disposition of their personal possessions, property and investments.  They were surprised when their lawyer asked them to consider the extent and nature of their digital assets as well. While a digital presence […]

3 Ways to Make the Role of Executor Easier

If you have been named as the executor of your loved one’s estate, you will likely be faced with challenges.  Managing the affairs of a recently deceased loved one can be overwhelming.  Here are a few things you can do to make your job a little easier so you can perform your role as executor […]

Estate Planning for Your Loved One with Dementia

Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other diseases and disorders that cause dementia or memory loss are becoming more common among our aging adult population.  While any form of cognitive decline is devastating for everyone involved, dementia presents extraordinary concerns for the individual affected and his or her family when making healthcare decisions, drafting a will and managing […]

Choosing a Caregiver: Gordon and Carol’s Story

Do you have an elderly parent or loved one that needs a caregiver but isn’t receptive to the idea?  These discussions are seldom easy and the course of action isn’t always clear.  Enlisting the help of a caregiver for your loved one as he or she ages is a responsible decision but it can be […]