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Believe it or not, you have an estate. Your estate is comprised of everything you own— your car, home, other real estate, checking and savings accounts, investments, life insurance, furniture... more
Believe it or not, you have an estate. Your estate is comprised of everything you own— your car, home, other real estate, checking and savings accounts, investments, life insurance, furniture, personal possessions. No matter how large or how modest, everyone has an estate and something in common—you can’t take it with you when you die. When that happens, you probably want to control how those things are given to the people or organizations you care most about. To ensure your wishes are carried out, you need to provide instructions stating whom you want to receive something of yours, what you want them to receive, and when they are to receive it. You will, of course, want this to happen with the least amount paid in taxes, legal fees, and court costs. That is estate planning—making a plan in advance and naming whom you want to receive the things you own after you die. However, good estate planning is much more than that. It should also: * Include instructions for passing your values (religion, education, hard work, etc.) in addition to your valuables * Include instructions for your care if you become disabled before you die. * Name a guardian and an inheritance manager for minor children. * Provide for family members with special needs without disrupting government benefits. * Provide for loved ones who might be irresponsible with money or who may need future protection from creditors or divorce. * Include life insurance to provide for your family at your death, disability income insurance to replace your income if you cannot work due to illness or injury, and long-term care insurance to help pay for your care in case of an extended illness or injury. * Provide for the transfer of your business at your retirement, disability, or death. * Minimize taxes, court costs, and unnecessary legal fees. * Be an ongoing process, not a one-time event. Your plan should be reviewed and updated as your family and financial situations (and laws) change over your lifetime.
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Vanessa Terzian
Vanessa Terzian
Estate Planning Attorney

It is never too early to proactively talk about estate planning. I have family meetings with my clients and their children while my clients are in their 50s, so they are young and healthy still. It is always hard to talk about these things when we are in a crisis mode and stress levels as high. If... more

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Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
Private Fiduciary, Trustee,Conservator, Financial Advisor

The right time is NOW!  Why are you waiting?

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Vanessa Terzian
Vanessa Terzian
Estate Planning Attorney

Typically Medicaid rules, which vary state to state, allow the well spouse to maintain an amount of what would otherwise be available assets for qualification purposes at the time you apply for Medicaid. Assets acquired after the spouse is institutionalized are not protected and will be counted at... more

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Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
Private Fiduciary, Trustee,Conservator, Financial Advisor

If you are legally married, then all money is both of yours as far as Medicaid is concerned. While the nursing home nor the government can "access" this account, if you refuse to pay the nursing home bills and your husband is not otherwise qualified for Medicaid, then he will be evicted and you... more

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Vanessa Terzian
Vanessa Terzian
Estate Planning Attorney

This is a great opportunity to be proactive. There are a couple essential documents to start with. The first two deal with incapacity: the power of attorney and advance health care directive. Each nominates a person or persons to handle your parents' financial and medical decisions during periods on... more

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Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
Private Fiduciary, Trustee,Conservator, Financial Advisor

The same legal documents  YOU and anyone over the age of 18 needs: Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney for business matters, Health Care directives.  Do you have yours?

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Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
Private Fiduciary, Trustee,Conservator, Financial Advisor

Help to give away her possessions while she is living so there is less fighting over them after she passes.  Also, make sure her Will, Trust, and health care orders for Do Not Resuscitate are in order under your state's laws and you know where these documents are.

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Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
Private Fiduciary, Trustee,Conservator, Financial Advisor

Get him to an elderlaw attorney NOW!!!!!!! and get his Power of Attorney, WIll and Health care directives updated, because once he becomes incapacitated then you cannot change any legal document nor create any for him. Then, get a full financial assessment from a fee only financial planner who... more

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Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
Private Fiduciary, Trustee,Conservator, Financial Advisor

Yes, as long as it is from the allowance, and not from her income that must go to nursing home in order for Medicaid to pay for her care.

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Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
Private Fiduciary, Trustee,Conservator, Financial Advisor

Yes, in some states you must list your home for sale and use the proceeds to pay for nursing home care. In other states, you can keep your home, but no income to maintain it and the State will place a lein on it when you die to pay back Medicaid. You are well served to contact an elderlaw... more

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