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How technology products aim to reduce feelings of isolation in seniors

How Technology Can Reduce Feelings of Isolation for Seniors

By Andre O. McDonald |

The holidays are upon us and unfortunately many seniors feel even more isolated during this time. Thankfully, technology has provided some interactive gadgets to help lessen feelings of isolation. One of those gadgets, called the GrandPad, is discussed below. A New Technology Product to Help Reduce Feelings of Isolation in Seniors The internet is… Read More »

5 Scenarios to Consider Before Gifting Money

Planning on Gifting Money this Holiday Season? 5 Things to Consider

By Andre O. McDonald |

The holiday season is a time to enjoy friends, family, and loved ones. Often we consider our life circumstances and may get in the spirit of giving. This is particularly true if you are at a point in your life were you have enough from a financial standpoint. If you are planning on gifting… Read More »

Why many baby boomers are turning to housemate living in retirement

Solo Aging, Independent Living and the New Housemate Trend

By Andre O. McDonald |

Solo aging in the baby boomer generation is becoming more prevalent, but many Americans are running out of family caregivers to assist them in their quest to remain independent as they age. The ratio of caregivers to care recipients has fallen and is projected to continue to do so for the next forty years…. Read More »

Dementia and it's impact on a marriage

Spousal Dementia and its Effect on a Marriage

By Andre O. McDonald |

When someone you love, in particular, your spouse, becomes ill you want to help them get well. But what happens when the illness is dementia? A marital relationship that could have spanned years or decades becomes subject to enormous change, and that change is not a slow linear progression of predictability. It is an… Read More »

Are you aware of all of the benefits available to wartime veterans and their families?

4 Types of Benefits Available to Wartime Veterans (That You Might Not Know About)

By Andre O. McDonald |

There are many benefits available to wartime veterans, surviving spouses, and children. First let’s discuss who qualifies as a wartime veteran. A wartime veteran is one who served active military duty during one of the eligible wartime periods. They include the Mexican Border Period, World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, the… Read More »

What every veteran should know about veterans' benefits

Howard County Veterans Benefits Attorney

By Andre O. McDonald |

Veterans are an important class of our population and as such, it is important to know about the various benefits available to them.  Many of these veterans’ benefits are based on the type of service, the health of the veteran, or a combination of these factors. While the next several paragraphs will provide a… Read More »

Joint Tendency For Newly Weds

Why Joint Tenancy Should Not Be the Go-To Plan for Newlyweds

By ESI Interactive |

If you are recently married or have been married and are acquiring additional assets, know that you have options when it comes to how the property will be titled. And, although joint tenancy seems like an easy and convenient choice, it may not work as well as you would think. Here are some issues… Read More »

How inheritance impacts your estate plan

How an Inheritance May Change Your Estate Plan

By Andre O. McDonald |

Receiving an inheritance is a huge blessing but, if not handled properly, can also become a curse. Often times, the inheritor does not know what to do with the new asset and runs into financial trouble, squandering most, if not all of it. This could happen due to the inheritor having outstanding creditor issues… Read More »

The Truth About Reverse Mortgages and Your Estate Plan

The More You Know: Reverse Mortgages & Estate Planning

By Andre O. McDonald |

You have likely seen several advertisements for reverse mortgages if you have spent any time watching television or surfing on the internet. The concept is a simple one: as long as you own and live in your home, you can supplement your retirement income with a loan that you do not need to pay… Read More »

4 Common Power of Attorney Myths

4 Common Power of Attorney Myths

By Andre O. McDonald |

A durable power of attorney is one of the most important estate planning documents you can have. It allows someone who you appoint (your agent) to make non-medical decisions on your behalf in the event you become incapacitated. If you have not appointed an agent then your friends and family may not have the… Read More »

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