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Estate Planning – Changing as We Age

     When I ask someone if they’ve got an estate plan in place – the basics being a will, power of attorney and health care directive, often the response is “yes, we took care of that a number of years ago”.      But, what many people don’t realize is that the plan you may have […]

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Lessons Learned from the Fight over Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem, the actor and radio personality best known as the host of American Top 40, a nationally syndicated radio program which aired in the 1970’s and 80’s, has recently been in the news for a different reason.  His second wife and the children from his marriage to his first wife have been fighting over […]

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Your Child is Turning 18 – What Does it Mean? (Part 3)

Last week we were discussing when it is appropriate for a parent to apply for guardianship of a child who turns 18.  But, what if guardianship isn’t suitable?  There is another option, called conservatorship.   Conservatorship is sort of a middle ground between a guardianship and power of attorney.   There is no determination of incapacity […]

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I’ve Got Power of Attorney – Why Do I Need Guardianship? (Part 3)

Last week I told you that we had filed an application on behalf of Catherine, who was seeking an appointment as guardian for her dad, Jerry.  Catherine was very nervous that Jerry would fight it or that he would be angry with her for pursuing it. Nevertheless, she gave us the go ahead.  Her only […]

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I’ve Got Power of Attorney – Why Do I Need Guardianship? (Part 2)

Last week I was telling you about Catherine and her dad, Jerry.  As a result of a recent fall, Jerry was hospitalized.  His health care directive, because it had been completed incorrectly, was useless and he refused to reveal to Catherine where his power of attorney could be found.  We were faced with the possibility […]

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I’ve Got Power of Attorney So Why Do I Need Guardianship? (Part 1)

Catherine called concerning her dad, Jerry.  He had always been difficult “but Mom was able to deal with it”, she said.  “Since Mom died, however, things have gotten worse.”  Catherine faxed over to me her dad’s power of attorney and health care directive for me to examine.  But the conversation quickly turned to talk of […]

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