Your Client Could be Asked to Sign Arbitration Agreement by Nursing Home

It’s hard enough to make the decision that an elderly loved one must move into a nursing home. During admission, your client’s family is given stacks of papers — “Just sign here,” they are instructed— and, under stress already, many families sign without closely reading the documents. Increasingly, one of the papers nursing homes include… Read More »

Advance Directives Could Have Saved ‘Legally Blonde’ Actress a Day in Court

Guardianship over a relative is much more difficult to obtain after a loved one has already become legally incompetent due to physical or mental illness. Lengthy, costly and heartbreaking court proceedings can be avoided with advance directives. As advisors, we have an obligation to ensure that clients understand the importance of having these documents in… Read More »

Proposed Laws Could Force Social Networks to Grant Access to a Deceased User’s Account to Grieving Family Members

Many of us have received precious, tangible mementoes from our loved ones who passed on. We treasure photo albums containing pictures of weddings, babies and family vacations. We keep safe shoeboxes filled with love notes between our grandparents when they were young and letters written by a soldier uncle who died in battle. Nobody can… Read More »

Divorced Couples Can Still Benefit from Joint Estate Planning

Creating an estate plan to protect your minor children is one of the most difficult—and most important—things you will ever do; this is especially true if you and your child’s other parent are separated or divorced. Relationships don’t always end amicably, but if you do have children it is definitely worthwhile to put aside your… Read More »