What is a Health Care Proxy and who should have one in place?

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Your Rights as the Parent of a Young Adult – What You Need to Know When a Medical Crisis Hits

As a parent of an young adult, you are most likely quite accustomed to managing the legal and medical affairs of your children, as circumstances require. If your child requires urgent medical attention while away from you, a simple phone call authorizing care usually can do the trick. But what happens when those “children” turn 18, and are now adults in the eyes of the law, and need of urgent medical attention far Read More

National Healthcare Decisions Day Begins April 16th: Three Health Care Documents You Need to Include in Your Estate Plan

Decisions about your healthcare are some of the most important you will ever make. Don’t put off making plans until you are unable to assert your wishes. Because planning for the unexpected now, while you are well, is so important, National Health Care Decisions Day is a week this year, Sunday, April 16th- Saturday April 22nd.  Including healthcare documents in your estate plan can ensure your decisions are always Read More

Three Health Care Documents You Need to Include in Your Estate Plan

Decisions about your health care are some of the most important you will ever make. Don’t put off making plans until you are unable to assert your wishes. Including health care documents in your estate plan can ensure your decisions are always your choice, even if you cannot speak for yourself. Health care documents that clearly state your wishes should be included in your comprehensive estate plan. Here are three Read More

Take Advantage of National Estate Planning Awareness Week

Did you know this week is National Estate Planning Awareness Week? No, really, it is! And it isn't one of those made-up holidays like National Lemon Meringue Pie Day or International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Prompted in 2008 by estimation that more than 120 million Americans did not have estate plans to protect themselves and their families in the event of sickness, accidents or untimely death, Congress formally Read More

Even Celebrities Act as Caregivers for Aging Parents

We may not think about it often, but even celebrities act as caregivers for their aging parents. Actress, singer, and songwriter Queen Latifah plays an active role in caring for her mother, Rita Owens, who was diagnosed with heart failure more than 10 years ago. A Familar Children as Caregivers Story Owens learned of her condition when she passed out at work one day. She moved from New Jersey to California to Read More

Medicare Facts For You, Your Parents

People who are nearing the age of 65 should be making plans for the transition from private health care to Medicare. It is not a simple process or one that happens automatically. You have to initiate the enrollment process at a specific time or suffer a monetary penalty. It is important to understand that applying for Social Security benefits and enrolling in Medicare are two totally different things. Don't confuse Read More

Essential Legal Planning for New Grads

Parents: Is your “baby” an adult now?  As high school graduation approaches, you and your child may be planning for college as their next phase of life; meeting next year's roommate, selecting the fall semester's classes, and our daughter Hannah's favorite errand- buying extra-long twin sheets and shower flip flops for the college dorm. Graduation is a moment to celebrate your child's achievement (and your own)! It Read More

5 Legal Documents Every Parent Should Have

Got Kids? Parents: these are the 5 legal documents you need to have, no matter your income level or family makeup. Read More

Not The End, But A New Beginning

In the next two months, those words will ring out in high school graduation ceremonies all across the country. And if you have a high school senior in your home, then chances are that things are about to change dramatically, both for you and your high school senior. There are a few things that you need to take care of before sending your senior off to college. In essence, you need to really prepare your student for Read More