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Can Someone With Dementia Sign a Will or Trust?

When your loved one seems confused or even forgets who you are, even for just a moment, it can be devastating. However, all too often our loved ones leave their estate planning until they are older ...
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Ending Creditor Harassment After Your Debt Has Been Discharged in Bankruptcy

Discharging debts through chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy ends your legal responsibility to pay them and prohibits creditors from continuing their collection efforts. Sometimes, though, a creditor ...
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Top 3 Online Tools For Executors

While you initially may be flattered that someone trusted you enough to name you the executor of their estate, you will quickly find it can be a daunting task. As an executor, it is your duty to ...
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Filing For Bankruptcy: Regain Control Of Your Life

Does the very thought of filing for bankruptcy make you feel embarrassed? Are you ashamed of how things have turned out for you? There are always a variety of emotions that get in the way of someone ...
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Why Estate Planning is Essential to Your Legacy

Estate planning is an issue many people do not want to deal with. Thinking of yourself as gone from the world is not a pleasant thought. However, you need to have a plan in place for when you pass ...
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Why Filing Bankruptcy Does Not Make You A Bad Person

Society has a tendency to blame the victim, and this has caused a lot of misconceptions about people who have to file bankruptcy. Despite the common belief that those who file bankruptcy are ...
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Planning For Your Special Needs Loved One

If there is someone in your life who needs your care and protection, you want that care and protection to continue after your death. Each individual's situation is different, so special knowledge ...
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Wealth Transfer: Minimize Estate Taxes By Taking Prudent Steps Now

Trillions of dollars will fall into the hands of heirs in the next three decades as high net worth individuals retire. Responsible parents and grandparents minimize estate taxes by taking prudent ...
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4 Ways to Get Your Debt Under Control

No matter where you are in your walk of life your debt has gotten out of control one way or another. If you’re one of the lucky ones and have managed to get by without having large amounts of ...
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Are You Being Crushed By Student Loan Debt?

What happens when you don't pay off your student loans If you choose not to make payments on your student loans, your ignored debt will be labeled "delinquent" in which case you will ...
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3 Ways to Protect Your Estate Plan in Home Health Care

If you have ever looked into home health care, you know how costly it can be. According to the AARP, home health care can cost upwards of $69,000 each year if you live in a metropolitan area. Planning ...
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3 Reasons to Review Your Estate Plan Before You Travel

If you have a trip lingering in the horizon, you probably already know that there is a lot you need to do before you leave. You may have created a to-do list that includes everything from watering the ...
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Discussing your foreclosure options

A foreclosure attorney may know about foreclosure options to prevent you from losing your home. These options may include either Chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy. Financial hardship can cause ...
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Capacity & Conservatorship If Grandma Can No Longer Drive

One of the hardest things many people face as they age is that they may not have the same capabilities they did when they were younger. You may notice that Grandma or Grandpa is no longer safe behind ...
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Lending Money as an Estate Planning Tool - Is it Right for You?

Is your high net worth contributing to your estate planning anxiety? The Law Offices of James C. Shields can help you to explore the options available to avoid the loss of your hard-earned money to ...
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Prepare for Your First Estate Planning Meeting

Deciding to file for bankruptcy is a huge decision, and you should not have to make it alone. If you find yourself in a large amount of debt that you do not think you can overcome with your current ...
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Your Guide to Rebuilding Credit After Bankruptcy

A bankruptcy is a chance for a fresh start, especially a chapter 7. Hard working, honest people, who fall on hard times, use a bankruptcy to reorganize their lives and make peace with creditors. It is ...
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Three Reasons Why Estate Planning Is Not Just For Wealthy People

When estate planning comes to mind, people often think of it as something reserved for the wealthy. After all, the IRS does not require a filing if the value of an estate is less than five and a half ...
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Counseling Requirements for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Debtors who are considering filing bankruptcy need to be aware of counseling requirements. Chapter 7 bankruptcy filers must complete a credit counseling course prior to filing. During this course, the ...
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Will The New Medi-Cal Lien Affect You?

A new elder law provides families of Medi-Cal recipients with appended opportunities to circumvent reimbursing the State of California for benefits paid on behalf of their parents or loved ones. It ...
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5 Additional Steps to Develop and Implement an Effective Estate Plan

Once you have completed the initial stages of planning, there are several additional steps you can take to ensure that you develop and implement an effective estate plan. The hard part may be out of ...
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When Can Bankruptcy Be Applied To Student Loan Debt?

Most people will tell you that student loans cannot be discharged in a bankruptcy proceeding. While that's true in most cases, it isn't true in all cases. However, the circumstances required ...
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Estate Planning: How To Create A Strategy For Passing On Your IRA

The estate planning process involves many tasks, including deciding how you will pass down your assets. With the available options and tax laws, it can be challenging to choose the best route to take. ...
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