Today, as I met with a client I’ll call “Lily,” she revealed she was recently diagnosed with dementia, yet you wouldn’t know it for most of our meeting. She spoke clearly, talked about her childhood, her love of cooking and dancing, and how she enjoys eating at nice restaurants. She told me about her assets, who she wants to manage her affairs and how she wants everything to go to her son and his kids after she dies. She wants to avoid court and doesn’t want to pay extra taxes—but who … [Read more...] about Proper Planning Before it’s Too Late
Did you miss it? Were you prepared? How did you celebrate? What? National Healthcare Decisions Day, of course! April 16th is a day set aside to think—if just for a day—about the importance of planning ahead and making decisions about your health care treatment. Do you care who will make your health care decisions if you can’t make them for yourself? Do you care what medical treatment you will, or will not, have if you can’t communicate those decisions to your health care professionals? We … [Read more...] about How Did You Celebrate National Healthcare Decisions Day?
As a single mom, I plan very detailed lists for each of my kids’ daily activities: who is taking them to school, who is picking them up from practice, do they have snacks and water, have they packed all the appropriate clothes and shoes? I feel good that I have provided for their daily needs. I go about my business always assuming I will come home to them at the end of the day, help with homework, kiss them goodnight, and do it all again the next day. But what if the unthinkable … [Read more...] about Planning for When You Don’t Come Home
Ellen sat in my office, her eyes fixed in a stare at nothing in particular. I could see the tears starting to fill her eyes, tears which she was fighting to hold back, hoping I wouldn’t notice. For the past two years, Ellen had been the primary caregiver for Monte, her husband of 54 years. Monte’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s two years earlier was devastating to the couple, and I shouldn’t have been surprised by Ellen’s reaction when I asked her how she was coping. Her response, or lack of response, … [Read more...] about The True Cost of Alzheimer’s Disease
We are saddened by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, who at his death was the longest serving member of the U.S. Supreme Court. Regardless of whether you agreed with him or not, you knew he would always be good for a memorable quip or piercing challenge to his opponent’s legal argument. You might be surprised to know that scientific research has proven Justice Scalia was the funniest of all justices.1 What do we know about the plan he left behind to handle his estate and care for his … [Read more...] about What Will Be Antonin Scalia’s Lasting Legacy?
Happy Holidays to all, from all of us at Kinghorn Heritage Law Group. Watch our special holiday message here. … [Read more...] about Happy Holidays from Kinghorn Heritage Law Group
Recently, police raided a Florida retirement community, putting an end to a weekly mahjong played by four women, ages 87 to 95. According to a story in the Heritage Florida Jewish News, Zelda King, one of the accused offenders, claimed that a “troublemaker” who “lives in building 11” called on the police to put a stop to the game. After the police raided and closed down the clubhouse where the “illegal” game was being played, they returned several times during the week to make sure the scofflaws … [Read more...] about Florida Police Stop Elderly Crime Spree (or, Playing Games Is Good for the Elderly Brain)
On this Veterans Day, we salute the many women and men who have faithfully served our country in the armed forces. The sacrifices you have made in defending our freedoms and way of life are greatly appreciated. Many of our veterans, particularly those who served in World War II and the Korean War, are getting older and need assistance with their personal care. Some are finding that the cost of care is rapidly depleting their resources, leaving them without funds to provide for their needs, or … [Read more...] about Special Veterans, Special Benefits
For over twenty years, I’ve helped clients and their families plan their estates. I’ve heard many good reasons for planning, and I am invigorated by those who care for their loved ones enough to plan ahead. But I’ve also seen mistakes which are repeated by well-intentioned people. Here are some of the most common mistakes: “I’ll think about it.” It’s not uncommon for me to meet with clients whose “to do” lists have included estate planning for ten or more years. When I ask the clients why … [Read more...] about Are your heirs going to learn from your mistakes…