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Sunday, November 14, 2021

What You Need to Know About the Latest Developments in Health Care Directives and Dementia Directives


Dementia is one of the common health issues that individuals face as they age. Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia cause a person to lose their memory. They also lose the ability to understand many of the things going on around them, including the ability to make health care decisions.

A California elder law attorney assists you in executing documents that protect your right to choose your medical care. It is important to make your desires known now while you can make informed decisions about medical treatments and care for dementia-related illnesses.
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Sunday, November 14, 2021

How are Annuities and Retirement Benefits Treated for Tax Purposes?


As you evaluate your preparations for retirement, you need to know how your income will get taxed after you stop working and have a fixed income. Many people rely primarily or solely on Social Security retirement benefits when they retire. Pensions are not as commonplace as they used to be. Some people invest in annuities and wonder if doing so was a prudent financial decision.

A California estate planning attorney can answer your questions, like, “How are annuities and retirement benefits treated for tax purposes?” and draft your estate planning documents.


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Sunday, November 14, 2021

10 Tips For Family Caregivers: Tips for Caring for Elderly Parents with Dementia


Serving as the caregiver for an aging relative with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia can be exhausting, stressful, and isolating. Since millions of Americans find themselves in this situation, it could help if you have a few pointers to help you on this challenging path.

A California elder law attorney can provide guidance on the many legal issues that you and your loved one might face. This blog will give an overview of suggestions in several areas of caregiving, like everyday care, changes in communication and behavior, a healthy and active lifestyle, home safety, and taking care of the caregiver. Here are 10 tips for family caregivers: tips for caring for elderly parents with dementia.
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Sunday, October 31, 2021

What Can We Learn About Estate Planning from Britney Spears' Situation?


The shocking truth that we all need to realize is that what happened to Britney Spears could happen to any of us. A judge could take away your control over your income, the assets you have built up over the years, your right to make medical decisions, and nearly everything else that matters to you. A court could appoint someone to make all of your decisions, even against your wishes.

The good news is that you can take steps now to protect yourself from an outcome like what Britney Spears has experienced. You can sign legal documents now to select people you trust to act on your behalf if you should ever become incapacitated, permanently or temporarily, from an illness, accident, or some other reason.
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Saturday, October 30, 2021

Understanding the Types of Guardianships


California allows for two types of probate guardianships for minor children and adults – guardianship of the person and guardianship of the estate. In the guardianship of the person, the court-appointed guardian acts in the place of a parent and makes the day-to-day kinds of decisions that a parent would for a child or that a competent adult would make for himself. A guardian of the estate, also called a conservator, manages the financial affairs of the minor child or incapacitated adult.

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Friday, October 29, 2021

What Are the Benefits of a Testamentary Trust?


A testamentary trust gives you flexibility that a living trust or will cannot provide by themselves. A testamentary trust is not a stand-alone document because it is part of a will or living trust. You can have more than one testamentary trust and still have a living trust.

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Estate Taxes: Who Pays? And How Much?


No one enjoys paying taxes. However, there are very few people who are able to avoid paying some form of taxes during their lifetime. Unfortunately, some individuals pay taxes after their death. Estate taxes can be a burden on your family. Our Read more . . .


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Is Long-Term Care Insurance a Good Purchase?


Long-term care can cost a fortune, quickly burning up the savings and assets you work hard to earn throughout your lifetime. One way to get help with this expense is to buy long-term care insurance. These policies are expensive, so you might be wondering, Is long-term care insurance a good purchase?

The short answer is that it depends. There are options that could work better for you. A Read more . . .


Sunday, September 26, 2021

Can I Get Paid to Take Care of an Aging Loved One?


As our family members age, they may need assistance with activities of daily living. They may need someone to help them bathe, dress, and prepare meals. In some cases, a family member may need 24/7 supervision and care. Nursing homes and assisted care facilities are options. However, some families prefer to care for their loved ones at home.
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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

How a Lawyer Can Help Resolve California Probate Complications


If you have a well-crafted estate plan set up and the executor of your will or trustee of your trust agreement works with a lawyer when handling your estate after you die, you can avoid many of the problems that can arise with California probate law. A California estate planning attorney can perform both functions, drafting your documents and administering your estate.
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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Talking About Finances at the End of Life


California elder law lawyers are primarily concerned with protecting your best interests as you are aging, especially if you suffer from a terminal illness. Elder law planning is similar to estate planning. However, while estate planning mainly focuses on what happens with your finances once you are deceased, elder law planning is a way of dealing with important issues while you are still alive.

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