Category: Estate Planning

What is Long-Term Care? Why Should We Plan for It?

I am often asked why we should worry about planning for long-term care. It is a good question. I think before we can talk about why we should talk about what. What is long-term care? We hear that phrase all over the place. What does it actually mean? Long-term care happens in that phase of life …

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Detecting Elder Abuse

For years, Maine has been the oldest state in the nation. Our median age has risen to 44.9. About 21.2% of the state population is 65 or older. Elder abuse is prevalent and especially difficult to detect because these individuals often are reluctant or unable to report abuse, whether financial or physical. Elderly individuals may excuse …

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What to Do with Stimulus Checks Received by Estates

You may have been seeing, reading, or hearing on your favorite source of media that stimulus checks are being delivered to some of our deceased relatives. Can the estate keep it? Personal Representatives of estates have been asking what to do if they receive a direct deposit or a check in the mail with this …

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Achieving Better Life Experience

Do I have to spend down my entire settlement or inheritance to be able to keep my Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? No! There is a new savings tool available to individuals with disabilities called the ABLE account. ABLE stands for Achieving a Better Life Experience. This Act was passed in December 2014, and it allows …

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6 Estate Planning Facts You Need To Know

While estate planning is a personalized process that is impacted by each individual’s unique family and financial circumstances, there are some questions that estate planners are asked, again and again, by a majority of our clients. Here are some of the questions I hear most often: Will my estate need to go through probate after …

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Does All Property Go Through Probate?

The purpose of a Last Will and Testament is to control the distribution of property in your probate estate after your death. But what property makes up your probate estate? Not all of it! Anything that is not part of your probate estate is not controlled by your Will and therefore will not be distributed …

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