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  • What Is Long-Term Care Insurance?

    It is often said that Americans are "insurance poor," meaning that we tend to insure absolutely everything. If you stop and think about it, at a bare minimum you likely have an insurance policy for yo

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  • Why Avoiding Probate Might Be Important

    Including strategies in your estate plan to avoid probate is something you should consider. Do you actually know why avoiding probate might be important? Once you understand probate, you will know wh

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  • So You Just Learned You Are the Executor of an Estate

    All too often people name an Executor to an estate without telling the individual about the appointment. If you have just been informed that you were named as the Executor of an estate by a recently d

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  • Setting Up a Trust

    Estate planning typically involves much more than just executing a Last Will & Testament. Estate planning often involves planning for things other than death, such as incapacity or retirement, a Last

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  • Why Have a Power of Attorney?

    A Power of Attorney (POA) is one of the most commonly used estate planning documents because of the flexibility a POA offers. A wide variety of estate planning goals and objectives can be furthered us

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  • I Was Appointed Trustee of a Trust Created By My Deceased Uncle. What Do I Do Now?

    Following the death of an individual there are typically a number of practical and legal issues that must be handled. At the top of that list is the disposition of the decedent’s estate assets. Usuall

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  • Does a Trust Protect My Assets from a Nursing Home?

    By including long-term care planning and Medicaid planning in your estate plan you can avoid putting your assets at risk. Creating the right type of trust may shelter some of your assets from the reac

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  • Do I Have to Name a Particular Funeral Home Now?

    No. Final arrangements or burial arrangements are often handled after there is a death. More times than not, however, this is the worst time for survivors to make those decisions. The best planning

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  • How to Start a Discussion about Your Estate Plan

    For most people, sitting down and creating an estate plan is not easy because it requires contemplating your own incapacity or death. For loved ones, it is equally difficult to hear what you have to

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  • Establishing a Trust Agreement

    All trusts share the same basic elements. A trust is a legal agreement whereby you (the “Trustor” or “Maker”) agree to place assets under the control of another person or entity (the “Trustee”) to be

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