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The Truth About Probate: It’s Only as Bad as You Make It

Take a tour of what the internet has to say about probate and you’ll come away believing there is no worse place to end up. After all, bountiful articles warn about accumulating fees, administrative hassle,...
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What is Estate Planning, Anyway? (And Why Is It So Important?)

In the simplest possible terms, estate planning is the process by which you ensure your assets and health are well-managed in the event of incapacitation or death. Everyone, regardless of age, condition, or wealth, needs...
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The Pandemic Squeeze: How to Manage Being Both Parent and Caretaker in 2021

Young parents nation-wide are managing a heroic task. With children spending more time at home and aging parents requiring special care as the most vulnerable portion of the population, middle-aged adults with kids are under...
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Estate Planning and Loss: What to do When a Loved One Dies

The grief of losing a loved one can be blinding and it is easy to forget that important estate planning decisions need to be made in such moments. Without swift action, costs can pile up...
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Estate Planning for New Parents

There is nothing more exciting than becoming a parent and, yet, the moment is not without its complications. Such huge joy brings huge responsibility. All of a sudden, a new life depends on you for...
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Can You Visit Nursing Home Residents After They are Vaccinated?

COVID vaccines are starting to roll out to nursing homes across the country, signaling the beginning of the end of the pandemic. Once your loved one has had both doses of the vaccine, you may...
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New Year, New You! Planning Toward A Comfortable Retirement in 2021

There has never been a better time to start planning for retirement. And, that’s not just because it is generally true that you should start retirement planning as soon as you start working. The past...
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Medicare Drug Cards May Be Sent Out in January

President Trump’s plan to send $200 drug-discount cards to Medicare beneficiaries has cleared one hurdle, but it isn’t certain that the administration will have enough time to actually get the cards in the mail.  When Trump announced...

The Basics of Estate Administration

Estate administration is the process of managing and distributing a person’s property (the “estate”) after death.  If the person had a will, the will goes through probate, which is the process by which the deceased...

8 Tips for Having 'The Talk' with Elderly Parents

Talking about estate planning is a difficult, emotional topic but it’s essential for every family. Unless you’re certain your parents have an up-to-date will and a wider plan for what should happen in the event...

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