Breast Cancer & Legacy Planning

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and thankfully we have made a lot of solid progress towards saving the lives. In general, the prognosis for most women diagnosed with Breast Cancer has improved greatly. Let’s pause and celebrate that, keeping in mind that no one should rest on progress — THE FIGHT CONTINUES. Anyone over the

Protecting Beneficiaries with Trusts

We are seeing more and more that our nation is struggling with mental illness with the acknowledgment of maternal mental health issues and climbing suicide rates for all ages. The latest public casualty is from American Royalty, the granddaughter of RFK, Saoirse Kennedy Hill. The 22 year old was found unresponsive from an apparent overdose at

The Law of Unintended Consequences

Just before the holidays we shared a post about Muhammad Ali’s son from online source Meaww.com. The report claimed he “is ‘penniless’ and ‘has no plans for Christmas’ except looking for odd jobs.” The article went on to explain that the late heavyweight champion’s son had expected to inherit $5 million after the boxing legend

Guest Post: Making Your Home Comfortable for an Elderly Loved One

By Marie Villeza, elderimpact.org Many families these days are making the decision to have an elderly loved one move in with them rather than live in an assisted care facility, but it’s a big change that can affect everyone in the family. It requires quite a bit of planning and can take a toll on your

Guest Post: 9 Helpful Apps for Long-Distance Caregivers

By Marie Villeza, elderimpact.org Along with the aging Baby Boomer population has come a rise in high-tech solutions for managing life in old age. Gone are the days of hiring a home caregiver and hoping for the best; today, children can keep tabs on their parents’ well-being from afar with the help of apps and services

What is a Special Needs Trust?

If you are the parent of a special needs child, you are no stranger to being an advocate — more likely a warrior —- for your child. This post is to familiarize you with special needs trusts. These trusts are as special as the individuals they are created for because it is done in such a way

Treasure and Trauma: Estate Planning for Families with Hoarders

Hoarding. You can tune in at least once a week and see some of the worst cases in action on TV. What is hoarding you ask? “An extremely complicated mental disorder that generally involves the acquisition of too many items, difficulty getting rid of items, and problems with organization and prioritization,” writes Hannah R. Buchdahl in a

A Comforting Gift for Your Special Needs Child

You’ve heard me repeatedly talk about how important an estate plan with a will, trust and living wills, etc., is to your family should the unthinkable happen.  During this season of giving, make yourself a promise to either create or update your plan to be sure that your children, especially any with special needs, are