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The Significant Hazards and Examples of Failed “Do-it-Yourself” Estate Planning

Many websites offer customized, do-it-yourself wills and other estate planning documents.  Although such products are convenient, using them could create serious and expensive legal problems for heirs.  These digital services appear to offer a cost-effective and easy alternative to visiting an estate planning or elder law attorney. But is online estate planning worth the convenience and …

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Long-Reviled Military ‘Widow’s Tax’ Is Finally Being Phased Out

A controversial policy that reduces the benefits of military spouses is on the way out. The so-called “widow’s tax” cuts assistance to surviving military spouses who qualify for benefits under two different military benefit programs. The two programs are: The Department of Defense’s Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), which allows a military retiree to contribute part …

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Nursing Home Residents Face Even Greater Barriers to Voting Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has forced nursing homes to place a number of restrictions on their residents. These constraints are having the unintended consequence of making it more difficult for nursing home residents to vote.  Hundreds of thousands of nursing home and assisted living community residents could be disenfranchised. Older Americans are some of the most reliable voters, but …

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An Elder Law Consultation – A Way to Seek Guidance and Become Empowered

By: Stephen R. Elville — President and Principal Attorney of Elville and Associates, P.C. For most aging singles and couples, it is important to become educated about elder law-related matters as a practical necessity. But how does one become educated regarding this all too often mysterious, ambiguous, and esoteric subject matter? The following fictitious but all too …

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Caregivers Are Getting Younger, Making Planning for Long-Term Care Even More Important

As baby boomers age, more and more millennials are becoming caregivers. Many are taking on this role while just getting started in their own lives, leading to difficult decisions about priorities. Proper planning can help them navigate this terrain. The term “sandwich generation” was coined to refer to baby boomers who were taking care of …

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Eight Tips for Having “The Talk” about Estate Planning 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 of their passing, you shouldn’t assume everything will be taken care of. According to a 2017 survey, less than half …

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