Category Archives: Elder Law

YOU ARE WHAT YOU NURTURE

Looking over your personal cliff:  fiscal and otherwise! The thought of adding to the volume of commentary already written this year on the Fiscal Cliff is enough to put any of us over the cliff of our tolerance for dealing … Continue reading

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PLANNING WHEN YOU CAN’T

Your estate plan should ideally include the following documents: 1.  A Health Care Power of Attorney, sometimes referred to as an Advanced Directive for Health Care, allows you to appoint a trusted person who makes health care and medical decision … Continue reading

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Timing is Everything: A Gift is a Life-Changing Act of Generosity

Generosity is an act of kindness.  The timing of generosity is a whole other matter.  In my practice of many years, I have been privy to the concerns of people who want to bestow a gift but must consider the … Continue reading

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DEBTS OF THE DECEASED. WHO PAYS?

A loved one dies and the phone rings urgently with creditors demanding payment on credit cards and medical bills.  Letter after letter demands immediate payment in full on credit cards of a family member who has recently died.  Who, if … Continue reading

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NEW ILLINOIS POWER OF ATTORNEY ACT PROVIDES MORE PROTECTION AGAINST MISUSE

Due to recent changes in the law, this is a great time to review your existing estate planning documents, particularly your Powers of Attorney. It is so important that each of us take the time to execute a Property and … Continue reading

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