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Monthly Archives: September 2019

What is an advance directive, and why do you need one?

What is an Advance Directive?

By Andre O. McDonald |

Jack stands at the door of Jill’s nursing home room, tears streaming down his face. The medical staff just finished inserting a feeding tube into Jill – an act Jack knew she didn’t want. Unfortunately, Jill couldn’t express her wishes due to advanced dementia, and she had no legal documents that expressed her wishes… Read More »

HELP! I've been appointed trustee ... now what?

What to Do if You’re Appointed Trustee

By Andre O. McDonald |

Your friend Rose has created a trust and she would like you to be her trustee. You want to help, but you’re concerned about all that responsibility that comes along with being appointed trustee. You would be managing Rose’s property for her and for others whom she names as beneficiaries. You might be paying… Read More »

Appointed guardian of property for a loved one in Maryland? Here's what to do next.

What to Do if You’re Appointed Guardian of Property in Maryland

By Andre O. McDonald |

Your grandfather Martin can no longer make decisions on his own. A court appoints you to be Martin’s guardian of property, to manage Martin’s assets. You become Martin’s “fiduciary.” The law now requires you to act to a high standard of good faith and honesty. Appointed Guardian of Property in Maryland: What Now? There’s… Read More »

Tips to help you manage someone else's social security and/or Veteran's benefits

How to Manage Someone Else’s Social Security or Veteran’s Benefits

By Andre O. McDonald |

Let’s assume you have been appointed to help manage someone else’s social security benefits. As an example, let’s pretend it’s you forty-year-old nephew, Roberto. In the Social Security system, you’ll be called Roberto’s “representative payee.” The situation is similar if you’re appointed to help your elderly father, who has dementia, manage his Veteran’s benefit… Read More »

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