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“One of the most dramatic scenes in the movie, is the gathering of the Thrombey Family at their father’s estate to hear the reading of the will.” One of the recent surprise hit movies has been the murder mystery Knives Out, with a star-studded cast that includes Jamie Lee Curtis,... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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“Many people are looking forward to 2020, simply because it's the start of a new decade. However, if you plan to retire in 2020, then you clearly have your own set of reasons to get excited for the year ahead.” If you’re sure that you are going to leave the... Continue reading
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“While most of us had stockings and menorahs on our minds, President Trump on Dec. 20 signed the Secure Act that makes the most significant changes in retirement accounts we’ve seen in years.” For anyone who has saved a high six or seven-figure balance in their retirement accounts, the SECURE... Continue reading
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“Federal law, under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, forbids discrimination in the mortgage market on the basis of age. Nonetheless, loan officers say older borrowers often don’t realize they can get loans with terms that will expire on their 110th, 120th or nearly 130th birthdays.” A senior loan officer with... Continue reading
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“According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average age of widowhood in the United States is a surprisingly young 59.” Becoming a widow at a relatively young age, puts many people in a tough financial position, says the article “Preparing for the Unexpected Death of a Spouse” from Next Avenue.... Continue reading
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“These changes are so significant that every such plan holders should review their wishes and how their estate plans may be affected.” The SECURE Act has made big changes to how IRA distributions occur after death. Anyone who owns an IRA, regardless of its size, needs to examine their retirement... Continue reading
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“Unlike with stolen credit cards, a saver's losses to fraud in retirement investment accounts aren't limited by federal law, although mutual fund companies typically say they'll reimburse funds lost to fraudulent activity.” She thought she had nearly $80,000 saved in her employer-sponsored retirement plan, but when Beth Bennett checked on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2020 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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“Adults with disabilities are living much longer than in the past, which means their aging parents must plan for the day when their dependent children outlive them.” One in four Americans has some kind of disability, and an increasing number of children are being diagnosed with some form of autism.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2020 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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“I am named successor trustee in my parents’ trust. When the time comes, how do I sell the home and the other assets?” This is a common concern of people when they learn they have been named as a successor trustee, says nwi.com in the article “Estate Planning: The role... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2020 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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“Congress passed an important retirement-savings law called Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement, or the SECURE Act of 2019.” The most significant legislation affecting retirement was signed into law on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. After stalling for months, Congress suddenly passed several bills, as attachments to budget appropriations, as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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“Depending on whether you are the only beneficiary, or you are buying out other beneficiaries, you could move in, rent or sell.” There are choices when someone inherits a house. However, they depend on several factors. Are there other siblings who also have inherited portions of the ownership of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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“Paul Allen intended to give away the majority of the $20 billion-plus fortune he accumulated as Microsoft co-founder, technology investor, real estate magnate and NFL and NBA team owner.” It’s been a little more than a year since billionaire Paul Allen’s passing, but the course he charted to give away... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2019 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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“No good estate plan can afford to ignore the other assets, the ones called ‘illiquid.’ That category includes anything that can’t readily be converted to cash, in a regulated market with readily determined prices.” Many people are focused on their traditional assets that generate monthly statements, like bank and investment... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2019 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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“Linda Smyth has spent more than 20 years fighting her way through a complicated maze of paperwork, assessments and denials in the attempt to secure services for her son, who is on the autism spectrum.” Working to get her son assessed to qualify for support programs, fighting to get benefits... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2019 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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“It’s a common occurrence. Far flung family members return home to visit elderly relatives for the holidays. Upon arrival, they notice that things seem … off. A look in the refrigerator finds expired foods and an elderly relative is asking the same questions repeatedly. The same person who would never... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2019 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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“Understanding the rules about Social Security benefits and when to start claiming Social Security can be difficult. However, they’re critically important, especially for women—since women typically live longer lives than men.” Deciding when and how to claim Social Security benefits depends on several different factors, all of which are unique... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2019 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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“The disadvantages of do-it-yourself elder law estate planning are costly errors, omissions and neglecting protections.” What usually happens when people do their own estate planning or work on elder law issues, without a lawyer who has years of practice? They may not incur the costs on the front end, but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2019 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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“No longer staid and boring, retirement homes offer dynamic options for seniors. Retirement communities are continually improving, by keeping seniors active with mental and physical exercises, while intertwining independent living and hands-on care.” At some point in life, many people face the decision of moving into a retirement home or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2019 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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“Planning for your farm’s future has never been more urgent. With one-third of United States farmers older than age 65, it’s estimated that 70% of farmland will change hands in the next 15 years.” Have you figured out who will take over the family farm? Are you or your parents... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2019 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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“As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s meaningful to reflect on the origin of the holiday–Native Americans and pilgrims sharing their bounty of food with each other. As you gather with your loved ones this year, perhaps you can think of ways to share not only your dinner, but also your financial bounty.”... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2019 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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“The personal representative (formerly executor) of the deceased’s estate may be responsible for filing a number of tax returns.” When a person dies, their assets are gathered, their debts are paid, business affairs are settled and assets are distributed, as directed by their will. If there is no will, the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2019 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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“It’s been a big year for 50th birthdays. From Jennifer Aniston and JLo to Matthew McConaughey and Sean Coombs, it seems like everyone is having a milestone birthday in 2019. However, this isn’t really a big surprise, when you consider that in the Generation X (1965-1980) cohort, 1969 was one... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2019 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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“More than likely, most people may not want to envision a time spent in court, arguing with siblings and other family members, or fighting with financial institutions and health providers to uphold end-of-life wishes and the management of personal assets. The problems aren’t always evident when the first parent passes.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2019 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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“Does a Power of Attorney ever lapse? What happens if I change my mind and want to take the Power of Attorney back? Can the Power of Attorney refuse to return the authority?” These are all good questions, as Powers of Attorney (POA) are some of the most commonly used... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2019 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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“Springfield, Mass. is known as the “City of Firsts.” It is called the “Birthplace of Basketball” and is home of the first gas-powered car.” This summer, Springfield, Massachusetts became the first place to receive three marks of “age-friendliness,” as designated by a global initiative of the World Health Organization. This... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2019 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law