Enhancing the Quality of Life for People with Alzheimer’s and Their Families

Learning how to communicate with loved ones who have Alzheimer’s Disease is often a difficult task for families. It can be heartbreaking and confusing to witness a loved one exhibit behavior that is far from their usual temperament. In order to sustain relationships and enhance coping abilities, family members and caregivers must learn how to communicate with their loved ones in ways that can enhance the quality of life for the individual. Techniques for Communication Learning how to successfully communicate with your loved one can […]

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Living Wills

Though many of us would prefer to avoid it, the right-to-die legal case of Terri Schiavo case has undoubtedly increased awareness regarding the importance of living wills. It has increased awareness—but will it really motivate people to actually sign living wills? Are you going to sign a living will now? A living will is an expression of your wishes regarding end-of-life decisions. If you don’t want to be kept alive artificially, should you be terminally ill and unconscious with no chance of recovery (as decided by two […]

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Transferring Property Upon Your Death

There are essentially five ways an individual  can transfer property to their loved ones upon their death.  Depending on the age of the persons who will be receiving property or the dynamics among family members who are receiving the property, it is important to choose your method of transfer very carefully. Leave Property Titled Solely in Your Name (i.e. do nothing to plan for property after your death) – If you do absolutely nothing to pre-plan for the transfer of your assets and your property is […]

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Durable Powers of Attorney

What is a durable general power of attorney? A durable general power of attorney is a legal document where one person (the principal) authorizes another (the agent) to act on the principal’s behalf regarding financial decisions. It is an estate planning document which allows a person to plan for care and control of property in the event he or she becomes incapacitated. Powers of attorney are the single most important documents to put in place so that a family member or trusted friend will have […]

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Adrian attends estate planning conference

Tom Adrian recently attended the 49th Annual University of Miami Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, held in Orlando, Florida. The Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning is the nation’s leading conference for estate planning professionals. It is designed for attorneys, trust officers, accountants, insurance professionals and financial planners who, through years of experience and practice, are familiar with the principles of estate planning. The week-long program covered the latest developments in estate, gift, income taxation and estate planning techniques. Much of the discussion focused on new […]

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