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Advance Medical Directives? Now There's an App for That

The American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging has come up with the app My Health Care Wishes, which allows you to import and store your advance directive, along with other critical information, on your smartphone so that it’s there for medical decision-making anytime, anywhere. 

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ElderLaw Radio Interview: Ending Life on Your Own Terms

The American Bar Association's leading expert on laws affecting the elderly explains how to ensure that your e...

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Use This Form to Avoid Loved Ones Being Denied Medical Information About You

If you are in the hospital, the last thing you want is for a family member or a trusted friend to be denied information about your condition or prognosis.

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Learn the Ins and Outs of Being an Executor or Trustee

Taking on the job of executor or trustee is not a role to be taken lightly.

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A Brief Overview of a Trustee's Duties

A trust is a legal arrangement through which one person (or an institution, such as a bank or law firm), called a...

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Gifts to Grandchildren: What Do UGMA and UTMA Have to Do With Grandma?

The Uniform Gifts to Minors Act (UGMA) and the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) are sometimes called the “granddaddies” of college savings accounts.

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Six Ideas for Distributing an Estate's Personal Property in a Fair Way

Unlike money, personal belongings usually cannot be divided equally after their owner passes away.  For this reason, distributing items like furniture, jewelry, dishes, silverware, artwork, photographs or clothing is often the most difficult challenge in settling an estate. 

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Crummey Trusts: A Way to More Safely Give Gifts to Children

Many parents and grandparents want to pass their wealth to their children while they are still alive...

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