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10 veterans benefits you probably don't know about... but should!

Ten Lesser-Known Veterans Benefits You Need to Know About

By Andre O. McDonald |

The US Department of Veterans, through Tricare and the GI Bill, offers numerous basic health care and education benefits to veterans. Even with these programs that help veterans and their families, other little-known services can improve their lives and ease the financial burden of medical care and other expenses. Check your veteran status to… Read More »

Estate Planning Scams and Elder Fraud

Buyer Beware: How to Avoid Estate Planning Scams

By Andre O. McDonald |

Imagine spending thousands of dollars on an estate plan to protect loved ones, only to find that no true protection exists. Unfortunately, this scenario happens on a regular basis to individuals who are victims of estate planning schemes. According to a report conducted by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of people ages 50… Read More »

What you need to know about Per stirpes, by representation, and per capita distributions in wills and trusts

All in the Family: Making Sense of Per Stirpes, By Representation, and Per Capita Distributions

By Andre O. McDonald |

“That’s not fair!” In many households, this is the common refrain of children as they advocate for themselves or express what they feel to be unjust. This pursuit of fairness, however, is not limited to arguments between parents and young children. The notion of fairness often pervades family dynamics and may continue even beyond… Read More »

Understanding the responsibilities of the fiduciary role

Serving as a Fiduciary: What You Need to Know

By Andre O. McDonald |

You may be asked to be power of attorney for a family member or friend. Your family member or friend may be planning for when they might become unable to take care of their affairs. For example, they might become disabled or incapacitated, and they would need a trusted person to step in and… Read More »

Why (legally) adult children need powers of attorney

Coming of Age and Powers of Attorney

By Andre O. McDonald |

When your child turns 18 (in most states), it might be hard to imagine that the little child who once needed you for everything has now become – overnight – an adult. Now your child is free to vote, marry, apply for a credit card, make medical and financial decisions, sign contracts, and live… Read More »

What Happens if my Beneficiary Dies Before Me?

What Happens If My Beneficiary Dies Before Me?

By Andre O. McDonald |

When planning for death, most people assume they will die before their beneficiaries (e.g., their spouse, children, and grandchildren). While these assumptions are often well-founded, they do not always come to pass. This may have you wondering, “so what happens if my beneficiary dies before me”? Or, if this has already happened to you,… Read More »

What you need to know about estate planning after a personal injury settlement

Estate Planning After a Personal Injury Settlement

By Andre O. McDonald |

In the hectic and sometimes dangerous world that we live in, it is an unfortunate fact of life that accidents happen and people get hurt. The U.S. legal system is designed so that those who suffer injury through the avoidable fault of others can seek compensation for those injuries. Sometimes injuries are so severe… Read More »

Disaster Preparedness Checklist

Disaster Preparedness Month: How to Prepare for Whatever May Come Your Way  

By Andre O. McDonald |

The unpredictable can occur at any time: fires, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, pandemics—you name it. Because September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, we want you to be prepared for whatever life throws at you. Although none of us can predict the future, there are some things you can do to ensure that you and your… Read More »

How to prevent costly consequences from making bad decisions about inheritance and Medicaid

Inheritance and Medicaid: Be Careful, Plan Ahead

By Andre O. McDonald |

Mistakes can be made when it comes to inheritance and Medicaid. Those mistakes can be costly. When a person is receiving Medicaid benefits and inherits money or property, that inheritance jeopardizes the benefits. The inheritance must be handled carefully to minimize expensive penalties. What “careful” means, though, can be misunderstood without the necessary expertise…. Read More »

How to avoid family fights over property and inheritance

7 Ways to Avoid Family Fights Over Property

By Andre O. McDonald |

Ask a group of friends if they have experienced family fights over property after a loved one has died, and you will be in for a lively and eye-opening conversation. Far too many families end up fighting, or at least experiencing tension, over a family inheritance. But it does not have to be that… Read More »

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