Each year on National Healthcare Decisions Day, I write about how having a Living Will and a Healthcare Power of Attorney at minimum is extremely important. And this was before the pandemic that is Coronavirus. Many people are coming face to face with what will happen if they get sick or pass away without having
You may have heard me say more than once that an estimated 56 percent of Americans do not have an estate plan in place, making estate planning “a critically overlooked component of financial wellness.” In hopes of raising awareness, Estate Planning Awareness Week was created to educate the public about the importance of estate planning
One of the most common questions I get from people both online and in person is relating to Medical and Financial Powers of Attorney. Usually it is from folks with an aging or ill parent or parents or parents of teens turning 18 and moving away from home (usually either traveling or away at school).
I recently saw a viral post on Facebook from some caring folks about organ donation. The poster wanted everyone to know that organ donation was extremely important to them should their death occur. My hat is off to this person for being so thoughtful and proactive, but because of what I do, my inclination of
Next week (Tuesday the 16th) is National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). Why is such a day necessary or even important you might be thinking? According to a 2003 article by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Study: Less than 50 percent of the severely or terminally ill patients studied had an advance directive in their medical
When Alex Trebek announced his cancer diagnosis, my first thought was that I hoped he had taken care of his legacy planning so he could concentrate on beating his disease and spending quality time with his family.
Estate Plan: Party of One We often hear how hard it is for clients to choose from various family members to execute an estate plan, but what if you are single and without children (at least nearby)? “About 35.4 million Americans lived alone in 2016, comprising 28.1 percent of all U.S. households, according to the
Thousands of Arizona residents are currently waiting for donated organs, so the need is great. If you are interested in donating, here are the steps you can take: Join approximately 3.3 million on Donate Life Arizona and Register. The site is not only a wealth of information, but you can register so that in the
I recently performed a random survey (which may, or may not have happened on Facebook). I asked the question: “At what age do you think you should meet with an Estate Planning Attorney?” The answers were very thoughtful, and I learned a lot about what people think of estate planning. So what is the
An acquaintance told me recently that her mother is being taken advantage of by her son. It was a heart-wrenching story for sure. Unfortunately, due to circumstances I can’t elaborate on, I was not able to help her mother with any preventative measures. Perhaps the saddest part about her situation is that fixing the problem