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What Makes a Will Different From a Trust

What Makes a Will Different From a Trust

A will and a trust both offer specific and quite different estate planning benefits. Each state has specific laws and regulations governing these legal documents. You can have both a will and a trust; however, the information in each should complement the other. As a...

VA Nursing Home Rating System Being Reviewed by GAO

VA Nursing Home Rating System Being Reviewed by GAO

A formal review by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) of the rating system of Community Living Centers (CLC) operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been requested by ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veteran’s Affairs, Senator Jon...

Prenups: Not Just For Movie Stars

Prenups: Not Just For Movie Stars

A married couple, Ginny and George, had extended family they wanted to leave their assets to when they died. Unfortunately, Ginny was then diagnosed with cancer. She began to worry: What could happen if she died before George did, and George remarried? Or vice versa?...

Assisted Living Facilities and Memory Care Facilities

Assisted Living Facilities and Memory Care Facilities

Envision Jane, an elderly woman whose health had deteriorated to the point she decided she needed to move into an assisted living facility. Jane’s arthritis had worsened to the point where she couldn’t dress herself, she struggled to get in and out of the shower, and...

Misconceptions About Power of Attorney

Misconceptions About Power of Attorney

One of the most essential components of an estate plan is a durable power of attorney. It allows someone who you appoint (your agent) to make decisions on your behalf in the event you become incapacitated. If you have not appointed an agent then your friends and...

Estate Planning for the LGBTQIA+ Community

Estate Planning for the LGBTQIA+ Community

To protect our loved ones and our assets, estate planning is important to any individual regardless of orientation. In the LGBTQIA+ community, estate planning can legally protect against discrimination even if others are reluctant to recognize your relationship and...

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