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Stranger Things from Beyond the Courthouse

Recent surveys from Caring.com show that only 42% of U.S. adults have estate planning documents. The following cases could have been easily avoided with those documents in place. (All names in the following case examples have been changed.) Elizabeth Always Had a Plan Elizabeth’s son, Steve, came to us in when his mother was becoming

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Coping with an Unexpected Death in Your Home

Death often comes without warning. Returning home to find that a loved one has passed away unexpectedly can be traumatizing and leave you in a state of shock and disbelief. Your ability to think clearly is compromised as stress levels rise, and stress affects your ability to make quick decisions. Confusion sets in. You panic.

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My Wishes, My Way – Steps to Ensure Your Advance Directives Are Honored

It happens too often. A health care emergency occurs; panic ensues, and the patient’s end-of-life wishes take a back seat to established protocols to extend life. Failing to honor a patient’s advance directives can increase the individual’s discomfort and prolong the dying process – the opposite of what the patient wanted. As professional advisors, we

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National Healthcare Decisions Day – A Platform to Have the Conversation

Founded in 2008, National HealthCare Decisions Day (NHDD) is the day set aside to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance healthcare decision-making. Did you know that tomorrow is April 16th — National Healthcare Decisions Day?  Those of us who offer legal counsel, advisory services, or healthcare related services are particularly mindful

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Hey, what about a Living Will?

Recently, I watched the season premiere of “Brothers and Sisters.” It was packed with legal issues, pertinent to the type law I practice. You know the show, the strong matriarch, Sally Fields, at the head of the whiny family known as the Walkers. It takes place one year after the horrible automobile accident that occurred at the

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