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Beneficiaries: What Not to Do

Beneficiaries are common designations in retirement accounts, wills, and trusts, so chances are you have one. A beneficiary is an individual (or legal entity) to receive the proceeds from a financial product or vehicle when the owner passes away. What…

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Child Custody and the Court

In a child custody case, the primary goal is to determine what’s in the best interests of the child or children. The court bases its decision on: Physical, emotional, and psychological needs The child’s preference, depending on their age The…

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Creating Wills for Blended Families

Even in cases of inheritance, American families often treat stepchildren the same as biological children. This is particularly true where stepchildren are part of a blended family from an early age. Biological siblings may have different feelings about a stepchild…

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Getting to Know Medicaid

Millions of Americans receive comprehensive health coverage and financial protection through Medicaid, a US federal and state public health insurance program. The program helps low-income families, individuals, and people with disabilities receive adequate health care and provides nursing home or…

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Surviving Spouse Estate Planning

When you lose a spouse or long-time partner, you have a hard time focusing on anything else but the loss you are grieving. However, it is crucial to understand there are important and timely decisions you need to make regarding…

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The Estate Planning Process for Unmarried Couples

New partnerships are being formed by older Americans experiencing widowhood or divorce at record rates. The US Census Bureau reports that more than half of all older adults have only married once, opting to stay legally single in their future relationships. Cohabitating…

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Domestic Violence and the Law

Domestic violence (DV), also domestic abuse, encompasses violent acts or threats directed between people in a close familial or social relationship. A couple may be dating, living together, or married. Two people may share a child or be family members. Those…

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Internet of Things in Medicine

Our lives are becoming more and more technologically advanced with the introduction of the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT). IoMT is helping seniors with their health care needs as well as reducing medical costs. What is the IoMT? The Internet…

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Medical Estate Planning Documents

Estate planning typically involves wills, trusts, and passing assets on from generation to generation. However, there is another part of estate planning that doesn’t get as much attention. It concerns advance health care planning. Have you thought about what type…

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