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Importance of Durable Powers of Attorney

Powers of Attorney on TypewriterWhen people decide to engage in estate planning, typically they focus on naming the beneficiaries of their estate and making sure their estate avoids probate when they pass away. In most cases, these concerns are addressed by the preparation of a will, a living trust and certain probate avoidance documents. Those standard documents are an important part of the overall estate planning process, however, durable powers of attorney for financial matters and health care are just as important for other reasons. In fact, regardless of whether they have an estate plan, every adult should have these two durable powers of attorney. 
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Categories: Estate Planning, Powers of Attorney

Survivor's Checklist: What to do When a Loved One Passes Away

Funeral of a Loved OneWhen someone dies there are many important things that need to be addressed by the survivor or survivors, and some of those things that need to be addressed are time sensitive.  Read More ›

Categories: Estate Planning, Powers of Attorney, VA Aid & Attendance

Power of Attorney: Who Needs One?

You may have heard the term 'Power of Attorney' being used before, perhaps by your doctor or a close family member. That person likely emphasized how important having one is. You also may be asking yourself, do I really need one? The answer is yes. Read More ›

Categories: Elder Law, Powers of Attorney

Tips for Avoiding Conflict with Family

No family is perfect. Families will fight, not speak to each other for extended periods, or in some extreme cases, face each other in court. 

This is especially true as parents advance in age and as they become more dependent on their children for assistance, old conflicts can come back to the forefront, leading to quarrels among siblings as well as between parents and their children.

Often these disputes begin not out of greed but for a variety of other reasons:

  • Internal difficulty in coping with a parent in decline
  • Conflicts, power struggles and rivalries that are dug up from the past
  • Disparities and inequities in the burden of care
  • Disagreements in both medical decisions and in living arrangements
  • Financial concerns over the care of a parent
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Categories: Did you Know?, Elder Law, Powers of Attorney

Legal Preparation for Leaving the Nest

As spring winds down and summer sets in, many parents and students look forward to graduation day. After the celebrations, parents get ready to send their children, many of whom have never been away from home, off to college. Read More ›

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Survivor's Checklist

Due to the shock of the death of a spouse or a loved one, the steps of what needs to be done first can be an overwhelming process for the survivor(s). To aid in the breakdown and to act as a tool amidst the emotional days ahead, estate planning Jonathan "Jay" David has assembled a "Survivor's Checklist" of some of the important things that need to be addressed when a spouse or loved one dies.

COVID-19 Checklist & Elder Organizer Tool

For adult children responsible for their elderly parents and other senior caretakers concerned about protecting loved ones as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, below is a free downloadable checklist of steps to follow to prepare for any possible COVID-19-related illnesses among the most-vulnerable.

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Foster Swift has created a free ‘Elder Organizer’ digital notebook to provide seniors and their caretakers with a toolkit that helps organize doctors’ appointments, medications, and more that can be shared online. The tools below are also available on the Elder Law Resources page.

*For those trying to access these links by smartphone, it is best practice to copy/open the link in a separate tab and download the free Google Sheets app from Google Play or the Apple Store.

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E-book Covers Estate Planning Essentials

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Engaging in estate planning, while essential, is often emotional and generates many questions. How do I protect my spouse and my children if something happens to me? What happens if I become disabled before I pass on? Who will take care of my pet after I'm gone? How do I pass my business on to my children? These questions and more are addressed in Jonathan David’s recently updated e-book, “Estate Planning: You Have to Start in Order to Finish.”

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For more tools, visit our Elder Law Resource page for additional content. Click here to view/download the Foster Swift estate planning brochure to see what our experienced team of attorneys can do for you.

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Watch attorney Matthew Fedor explain a brief overview of elder law and how it can help either your or your loved ones.