People are sometimes remiss when it comes to estate planning. They put it off for various different reasons. One of the primary reasons is the idea that there will always be time to take care of it later on. Younger adults often adopt this line of thinking. In fact, it could be argued that estate planning is more important for younger adults than it is for older people, especially when minor children are involved. With this in mind let's look at the nomination of a guardian. Who Would Care … [Read more...] about What Is the Nomination of a Guardian?
There are various different legal devices in the state of Indiana that are used in the field of estate planning. One of them is the power of attorney. In this post we would like to examine powers of attorney so that we can clear up any confusion that may exist. A power of attorney in Indianapolis Indiana is used to give someone else the right to act in your behalf in a legally binding manner. There are different types of powers of attorney, and they are each used for different … [Read more...] about What Is a Power of Attorney in Indianapolis?
Sometimes people do not understand the value of taking certain actions until tragedy strikes. They find out what can happen the hard way, and this can be quite sad for some families. With the above in mind we would like to emphasize the importance of estate planning for the parents of minor children. Young adults often times decide that they do not need an estate plan because they are in fact young and they don't expect to pass away any time soon. However, every day when you tune … [Read more...] about The Importance of Estate Planning for Parents of Minors
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services most Americans who are fortunate enough to reach the age 65 are going to need assistance with their day-to-day needs before it is all said and done. With this in mind preparing for the possibility of long-term care costs is a must for serious minded individuals. If you are under the impression that Medicare will take care of this you would do well to look into the matter a bit more closely. In fact, Medicare … [Read more...] about Long-Term Care: Some of the Facts
Free advice can be a bit dangerous to accept under certain circumstances. However, sometimes genuine expertise is available to you in a readily accessible and cost-effective manner. Just such an opportunity is presenting itself over the next couple of weeks here in the Indianapolis area. Our firm is going to be presenting some very informative seminars throughout the month of September and we would like to invite all of our readers to attend. At our seminars you will find out … [Read more...] about Indianapolis Estate Planning Seminars
If you are wondering why you should have to concern yourself with incapacity planning you would do well to know a bit about Alzheimer's disease. This horrible disease is extremely destructive, and it is in fact the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. The Alzheimer's Association tells us that approximately four out of every ten individuals who are at least 85 years of age are suffering from the disease. Early onset is a problem as well, with 13% of people 65 and up being … [Read more...] about Alzheimer's: Gait May Provide Warning
Recent surveys have indicated that the percentage of individuals in the United States who have children who do in fact have an estate plan in place is right around 50%. This leaves half of the parents in the country without having made any provisions for the well-being of their children, and this is truly a sad state of affairs. While it is understandable that freewheeling single people may not prioritize intelligent advance planning, you really should have an estate plan in place as soon as … [Read more...] about Far Too Many Go Through Life Unprepared
If you want to be comprehensively prepared for the future you have to be levelheaded and mature about accepting some of the challenges that go along with reaching an advanced age. Nobody relishes the idea of becoming unable to make sound decisions. But the cold hard truth is that upwards of 40% of people who reach the age of 85 suffer from Alzheimer's disease. As most people know Alzheimer's is a form of dementia, and dementia can result in the inability to comprehend … [Read more...] about Selecting Potential Future Decision Makers
If you were to become incapable of handling your own affairs due to mental or physical incapacity, interested parties could petition the court to appoint a guardian to act in your behalf. You may have no say about who this guardian is going to be, and if the petition is granted you could become a ward of the state. This is a prospect that is not appealing to many people, but the good news is that you can avoid guardianship proceedings if you engage in intelligent incapacity … [Read more...] about Proper Incapacity Planning Can Prevent Guardianships
Estate planning is going to involve inventorying your assets in anticipation of future distribution of the same to your loved ones. You must then decide on how you are going to get these assets from point A to point B. When you're doing this you have to identify those who will be receiving inheritances and ideally choose the vehicles of asset transfer that are appropriate given the age and proclivities of these recipients. Along these lines many people have to stop and take pause … [Read more...] about Making Provisions For Minor Children