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How Early Should You Start Estate Planning?

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Estate planning ensures that you have a say where your assets go after you die. For a lot of people, it is not something they begin thinking about until they get older. Thinking about our own deaths is not the most pleasant thing to think about, and we hardly do, especially when we are young. However, having a plan in place, no matter your age, is a sound idea and can help ensure loved ones are cared for when the time comes. You can set up a plan at any time and adjust it as you age.

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What is a Generation-Skipping Trust?

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If you have been planning for who you would like your assets to go to, you have probably run across trusts. There are several types of trusts and many reasons you would use one to protect your assets. Choosing the best type of trust is vital, as there are significant differences in how they operate.

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Things to Know About Memory Care Facilities

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Caring for someone suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult, stressful, and a drain on patience and resources. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14 million people may be living with Alzheimer’s Disease by 2060. Most people want their loved ones to be safe and well-cared for. It may come to a point where a person is no longer safe to live at home and may need to be placed into a long-term care facility. If this is the case, considering memory care may be the best option to ensure they are safe and receive care tailored to their needs. 

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Does a Power of Attorney Expire?

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As we age, planning our end of life care becomes more critical. Advanced planning can help protect assets and reduce the burden on family members when it comes time for end-of-life care. Part of this planning may include the possibility of being incapacitated and requiring someone else to make crucial decisions regarding your health or assets. There are, of course, options for this kind of thing. One way to manage this includes designating power of attorney. There are several kinds of power of attorney that can be granted depending on need and when the Principal would like the authorization to end or expire.

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What Happens to an Estate if There is no Will or Trust?

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When someone dies without having a will or trust in place, it can lead to confusion over what happens to the person’s estate. In Florida, situations where a will or trust have not been established, the estate is distributed by the terms set-forth in Florida’s law of intestate succession. Essentially, this means the law decides what is a fair distribution of the assets amongst heirs. As can sometimes be the case in these instances, not everyone will always agree to the fairness of the decisions made regarding an estate. 

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Talking to Your Children About End of Life Care

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Parents spend most of their life caring for their children and trying to make sure they’re doing well. As we age, however, those roles can reverse, and the child may have to take care of their parents, and make sure they’re doing well. Talking about these kinds of things can be uncomfortable, and the reason a lot of people avoid the conversation altogether. They’re important conversations to have, though, and there are ways to get through them. Here are a few ideas on how to talk to your children about end-of-life care. 

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What is a Revocable Living Trust?

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If you have been planning for your assets, and who you’d like them to go to, you’ve probably run across trusts. There are several types of trusts, as well as several reasons why you’d use one to protect your assets, and ensure they go to the right entity. Choosing the right type of trust is vital, as there are significant differences in how they operate. One of the most common versions of a trust is a revocable living trust. 

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What Happens to Unpaid Bills in a Probate Matter?

When someone dies, and they do not have a trust set up, their estate goes into the probate. This is a process where the court decides how the estate is divided among heirs and creditors. Many people owe bills to credit card companies, medical facilities, and others when they die. A question many people wonder about is: What happens to unpaid bills in a probate matter?

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