Could a no-contest clause backfire?

The possibility of your heirs contesting your will may concern you. The monetary costs and emotional distress of a will contest is something you do not want for your surviving family members. You might think placing a no-contest clause in your will is the answer....

3 benefits of a special needs trust

Having a child who has a disability can be challenging for any parent. Not only must you find care and accommodations for your son or daughter, but you must also ensure he or she has the necessary funds to thrive after your death. Still, giving money to your child may...

The pros and cons of aging in place

Long-term care planning may involve aging in place with home health services. Living at home may sound appealing, but being housebound has some disadvantages, as well. The New York State Department of Health provides information about various home care services that...

What does a health care agent do?

Whether you are an older adult preparing for end of life issues or the possibility of becoming incapacitated or you want to help a family member prepare for challenges that could arise later on, it is crucial to go over your options. In New York, the state's Health...

Is this a sign of nursing home neglect?

Hearing the many news stories focused on abuse or neglect at nursing facilities likely leaves you feeling concerned for your own loved one. Unfortunately, it is impossible to determine where or when neglect may occur. Noticing red flags can help you react quickly if...

Why do inheritance disputes happen?

Knowing that you have planned your end-of-life affairs can remove some of the angst of growing older. Naming beneficiaries and having the peace of mind that those you care about will receive your assets can provide satisfaction and comfort. Despite your best efforts,...

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