Planning Ahead

This article provides a brief overview of general/durable powers of attorney. To learn more about health care powers of attorney, please read the article on this website entitled “Health Care Powers of Attorney and Living Wills.”

Today, I want to address some myths about estate planning, probate, and end of life issues. Some have been mentioned before but here are my Great Eight (in reverse order):

Almost everyone over the age of 55 has thought about the need for long term care insurance, and most of us have questions.  Are there underwriting requirements?  Is it a good investment?  How much does it cost?  Can my premiums go up? Does it pay all long term care expenses?  What happens to me if I can’t afford it?  In this article, we will explore all those issues as well as possible alternatives to long term care insurance.

You can only stay in charge of your future affairs if you plan ahead.

Tax laws allow you to build a retirement nest egg in special tax-deferred accounts. The law allows you to prepare written instructions regarding medical treatment in case you become incapacitated. It allows you to appoint someone to make decisions for you if it ever becomes necessary. And it allows you to decide who will inherit your property someday. But the right to have your wishes carried out later is worthless unless you act now - while you still can.

Applying for or Renewing a Passport

People are generally aware that a passport is required to travel outside the United States.  If you plan foreign travel and do not currently have a passport, this is the information you will need. 

A trust is a contract between yourself as the Trustmaker/Grantor/Settlor/Trustor and yourself (typically) as Trustee (the person that manages the trust). You can change or revoke the trust at any time that you have capacity.

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