Not Just Estate Tax Anymore

Anyone who has been following our blog knows that the expiring Bush tax cuts (including the repeal of the estate tax this year and the tax’s reinstatement next year) have given lawmakers no end of trouble as they struggle and debate—and debate and struggle—to agree on new tax legislation moving forward. In fact, The Wall […]

The Comfort That Comes With Planning Ahead

Everybody thinks it won’t happen to them.  Or rather, everybody knows it’s going to happen to them eventually, but nobody thinks it’s going to happen tomorrow, or next week, or even next year.  The “it” of which I speak is, of course, death. It is this perceived immortality that allows so many people to put […]

Falling Through the Cracks

Our country may be facing a simultaneous growth and recession… unfortunately, according to journalist John Leland, the two seem to be at odds.  What we are referring to is the growth of the elderly population and the recession of funds available to help this aging community pay for the care they need. The economic downturn […]

Estate Planning Advice for Ex-Pats and World Travelers

Estate planning can be a pretty involved affair, even for people whose lives are fairly straightforward; but if you are an ex-patriot, have dual citizenship, or plan to leave assets to family members in another country the estate planning process can by downright mind-boggling. This is because each country is going to have its own […]

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s… Heirloom?

Families have a way of acquiring great numbers of treasured objects and mementos: photo albums, antique books, Wedgewood China… a mounted deer head?  You just never know what’s going to end up in the trash-heap and what will be kept and passed on to the next generation.  Ellen Lupton mentions in her recent article in […]

Will Billionaire Steinbrenner’s Death Inspire Congress to Reinstate the Estate Tax?

Common superstition says that famous deaths come in threes, but the death of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner on July 13 makes four billionaire deaths in 2010.  It’s hard to deny the significance of such events in a year when there is no estate tax. According to the Associated Press Steinbrenner’s family is set […]

How to Tell If Your Loved One Needs In-Home Care (And What to Do About It)

It’s not always easy to know—or to admit—that a loved one is unable to fully care for themselves anymore. The signs develop gradually, and aren’t always easy to pick up on if you see your loved one on a daily or weekly basis.  Often it’s the son or daughter who has moved away and comes […]

Is Medicare Headed for a Crisis?

If you are among the wave of Baby Boomers about to begin enrolling in Medicare you may be in for some tough times. Recent stories in Financial-Planning.com and USA Today report that the number of doctors refusing new Medicare patients is reaching a record high—and it’s not expected to improve anytime soon, especially since last […]

Government Launches New Consumer Focused Health Care Website

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today unveiled an innovative new on-line tool that will help consumers take control of their health care by connecting them to new information and resources that will help them access quality, affordable health care coverage.  Called for by the Affordable Care Act, HealthCare.gov is the first website […]

Communication is Key: Talk to Your Doctor About Your End-Of-Life Wishes

Part of creating an estate plan is talking to your spouse, your family—and yes, your attorney—about your end-of-life wishes. A living will or healthcare directive is an essential part of any estate plan. This is the document in which you nominate the person or people who will make healthcare decisions for you when you are […]