What’s in a Will?

Thinking about creating a Will, but not sure what that really means? The structure of an Estate Plan will vary from person to person, but a comprehensive Will should include the following documents: 1. Last Will and Testament 2. Financial Power of Attorney 3. Healthcare Directives A Comprehensive Estate Plan Your Last Will and Testament is a legal document that …

Death With Dignity?

California has recently moved forward with legislation which would allow terminally ill people to choose to end their lives. (Here) The legislation still awaits approval from the California State Assembly and must be signed by Governor Brown in order to become law, but the initial steps have brought this issue back to the public eye. Similar pushes are being urged …

Do You Need a Living Will?

  Many of us have shared the same nightmare. We are slowly dying in a hospital bed, tubes going in and out of your body, being kept alive by machines. Even worse, we are unable to communicate our wishes to our caregivers and loved ones gathered around. No one knows what we want. The way to prevent this nightmare from …

Guardianship For Elders

    In some cases, nursing homes are using guardianship taking control over their patients. Preparing for aging parents is tough financially, emotionally, and in some cases can include a sustained legal battle. A recent article highlights the Palermo’s and the tactic being used by their nursing home to pursue guardianship to protect their financial interest. What is a Guardianship? A …

INCAPACITY PLANNING FOR YOUR ESTATE?

  One of the most common client questions is why they need to plan at all.  With estate taxes at comfortable limits (For 2013, $5.25M) the reasons for planning may seem murkier.  Incapacity planning is one increasingly important reason to consider. With individuals living longer, with estimates of 84-86 for adults reaching age 65 today, it is increasingly likely that …