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The Success of Aging

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Apr 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Aging is the sign of a successful life. After all, when you think about the alternative to aging your perspective about getting older shifts. You should start seeking self-sufficiency for your retirement years well before the age of sixty-five. But, even if you have not done so, don’t shun the planning stages. You need to address planning no matter what your age.

Planning for End-of-Life Care Decisions

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Apr 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

You may think your living will is in order, including instructions regarding resuscitation commonly referred to as a DNR (do not resuscitate). While your wishes in a living will may be appropriately documented, that does not guarantee the instructions will be carried out as you stated.

How to Choose the Right Nursing Home

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Apr 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

Choosing a nursing home for a loved one is an important decision and should be carefully considered. It is important for families to take the time to explore nursing home options and to carefully assess the nursing home facilities in order to choose the best care for the loved one.

New Law Encourages Reporting of Elder Financial Abuse

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Jun 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

President Trump signed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act into law on May 24, 2018. The Act contains a section that was once a stand-alone bill from Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) which is designed to encourage the reporting of elder (age 65 and older) financial...

The Challenges of Placing a Parent in Long Term Care

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Jun 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Long term care (LTC) is a term that has many facets to its definition. It is comprised of a variety of services that meet medical and non-medical requirements for people who cannot care for themselves for long periods of time. It is a highly individualized care system which can be formally or...

States Brace for Baby Boomer Retirement Age Challenges

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Jun 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

There are demographic and cultural shifts occurring in the United States. The baby boomer generation continues to “gray” the country and is changing the way individual states set budgets and health care policies. More attention will be paid to the needs of the post age 50 generation(s) . Chan...

Solo Aging and the Challenges it Brings

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Jun 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

For some seniors in the baby boomer generation aging brings with it new challenges in the form of solo aging. Solo aging is a senior who has no children and no younger (or healthier) family members to assist them as they age. As in generations before, baby boomers are living longer and health...

Respite Care Options for Caregivers

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Jun 06, 2018 | 0 Comments

Respite care is substitute care when a caregiver needs a break. If possible, these breaks should be scheduled regularly, giving the caregiver time to rest. It can be for a short period like a day or a few hours or for the purpose of giving the caregiver a vacation. Respite care is often overl...

Making Sure Your Estate Plan Reflects Your Wishes

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | May 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

No one likes to think about the end of their life, but it can happen before you expect it. Will your spouse, children, and other family members be provided for, or will they be fighting in court for years over what’s left of your estate? The more money, assets, and property you have, the greater your need for an estate plan...

How to Pass Your Home to Your Children Tax-Free

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Apr 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Giving your house to your children can have tax consequences, but there are ways to accomplish it tax-free. The best method to use will depend on your individual circumstances and needs. Leave the house in your will The simplest way to give your house to your children may be to leave it to them...

Use Your Will to Dictate How to Pay Your Debts

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Apr 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

The main purpose of a will is to direct where your assets will go after you die, but it can also be used to instruct your heirs how to pay your debts. While generally heirs cannot inherit debt, debt can reduce what they receive. Spelling out how debt should be paid can help your heirs. If someon...

You Can Give Away More Tax Free in 2018

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Apr 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

After staying the same for five years, the amount you can give away to any one individual in a particular year without reporting the gift will increase in 2018.  The annual gift tax exclusion for 2018 is rising from $14,000 to $15,000. This means that any person who gives away $15,000 or less to...

Long-Term Care Policyholder Wins Lawsuit Against Insurance Company

Posted by Brad Sarkauskas | Apr 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

From time to time, insurance companies have implemented deceptive practices to get individuals seeking long-term medical coverage to enroll. However, these companies are rarely held responsible for their behaviors as many have accepted misleading ads and false promises to be a part of the process. Join us as we explore a case where a policyholder took action against her insurance company for their shady practices...

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