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4 Ways To Pay For Long-Term Care With Life Insurance

Regardless of how healthy and fit you are now, the chances are good that you or your spouse may need some form of long term care in the future. According to statistics from the Family Caregiver Alliance, the lifetime probability of someone age 65 or older becoming disabled in at... more

Why More People Are Using Advance Directives For People With Dementia

Financial planners, family-law attorneys, and medical professionals have long urged people to write advance directives—legal statements that stipulate what sort of health care and treatment you’d want in the event of an illness or injury that renders you unable to communicate. While they’re traditionally envisioned for emergencies, these statements (which include living... more

5 Top Online, Low-Cost Will Services For Estate Planning

According to a recent Gallup poll, 56% of Americans do not have a will. Dying without a will means that state laws will determine how your assets are disbursed, and these laws may not be in alignment with your wishes. In some cases, if you are single and have no living family, the... more

Can Caregiving For Your Parents Get You A Tax Break?

Many adult children eventually experience a role reversal and become caregivers for their parents. The responsibilities of this range from helping an aging parent with housework and errands to offering financial support and guiding medical care or even sharing their home. Nearly 66 million Americans (31 percent of U.S... more

Advance Directives: What They Are And Why You Need One

Sometimes known as a living will or medical directive, an advance directive is a legal document that spells out your health care wishes if you are unable to speak for yourself. Though many people associate it with older adults, an advance directive has nothing to do with age: It goes... more

6 Ways To Make Long-Distance Caregiving Work For Your Family

Caregiving is never simple, but being hundreds of miles away from your loved one can make it extra challenging. According to the AARP, some ten percent of caregivers live more than an hour away from the person they care for. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways that you can tend... more

Durable Power Of Attorney: 6 Important Questions, Answered

What would your family or loved ones do if you were injured or ill and unable to manage your own finances? Who would pay your mortgage, make decisions about your investments, or deal with your medical bills? A durable power of attorney is a legal document that addresses this exact... more

A Rock And A Hard Place: A Family Caregiver's Account Of Her Mother's Final Months

Caught between my dying mother and my teenaged son, I felt as if I couldn’t do anything right. Or could I? It was not the best of days. I’d driven home from the airport, exhausted, and had just sunk down into my couch, when my 17-year-old son banged down the... more