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News and Thoughts on Issues in Georgia Regarding Wills, Living Trusts, Guardianship, Advance Directives, Living Wills, Healthcare Powers of Attorney, Probate, Estate Planning, Elder Law and More by Marietta and Atlanta, Georgia, Estate Planning Lawyer Steve Worrall

Long-Term Care Insurance 2.0: The Hybrid Policy

Posted by Steve Worrall | Jan 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

You have probably heard about the astronomical costs of nursing-home care if you become seriously ill or injured. You might also know that Medicare would cover only a minimal amount of those costs. Private insurance doesn't seem like a good bet either, if you've heard horror stories about skyro...

Why a Living Will is Important

Posted by Steve Worrall | Jan 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

A living will lays out your preferences for life-sustaining medical treatment.  It is often accompanied by a health-care proxy or power of attorney, which allows someone to make treatment decisions for you if you are incapacitated and the living will does not have specific instructions for the ...

Continuing Care at Home: An Emerging Market

Posted by Steve Worrall | Jan 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Decades ago in America, it was prevalent that extended family members lived near to one another, providing a system of general support and care for the family young and old. Now many families live far out of reach from the daily lives of their elderly parents save for the internet and internet ...

Elder Care: Should Children Pay?

Posted by Steve Worrall | Jan 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

The astronomical expense of long-term nursing care is no longer news. Costs can run around $7,000.00 or more per month, depending on location. Hundreds of thousands of people presently need that kind of care and the numbers are rising. Ten thousand “baby boomers” a day turn 65, and it's project...

Long Term Care Problems, Policies, and Proposals

Posted by Steve Worrall | Jan 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

Americans are facing an escalating long-term care (LTC) crisis. Industry driven, massively underpriced policies are playing fiscal catch up with hefty premium rate increases. This price increase is forcing some aging Americans to abandon their policy while others struggle to reduce their amou...

Understanding Gift Taxes

Posted by Steve Worrall | Jan 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

The gift tax is a tax on the transfer of assets, cash or property, to another without receiving something of equal value. The asset has to be of a certain value for the tax to apply; otherwise, it falls under the gift tax exclusion, either annual or lifetime. If the gift is above a certain valu...

Prevent Against Scam Opportunities in 2020

Posted by Steve Worrall | Jan 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

Welcome to the new decade, replete with new challenges to protect yourself against ever-inventive scam artists. One concern has a simple fix but requires your commitment to add two additional digits when signing or writing documents, letters, emails, and more. The National Association of Consum...

Ageism: The Next Generation of Discrimination

Posted by Steve Worrall | Jan 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

Discrimination comes in various forms – race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, and even age. Age-related discrimination has become more and more apparent with the growing number of baby boomers inching into the class eldest to our population. The attention to the mounting pres...

Planning for Blended Families

Posted by Steve Worrall | Jan 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

Planning for Blended Families - Couples often bring children into a marriage from a prior marriage or union and then have children together. This is often referred to as a blended family. Blended families highlight the need for careful estate planning to make sure the needs of each spouse are met, as well as the needs of each parents' children.

When a Spouse Becomes a Caregiver

Posted by Steve Worrall | Dec 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Caring for a seriously ill spouse can trigger relationship challenges.  In the process of change, you can lose your best friend, your love, and your future as you both had imagined it. Promises will change from words spoken in oath on your wedding day to deeds of care in your mostly, but not ex...

The SECURE Act of 2020

Posted by Steve Worrall | Dec 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Congress has passed a bipartisan appropriations bill. In the contents of this spending bill is a piece of legislation known as the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE), the first significant change in retirement legislation since the Pension Protection Act in 2006....

The Risks of Property Co-Ownership

Posted by Steve Worrall | Dec 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Although owning property with family may let you pass on the asset without going through probate, there are several risks, including taxes, creditor exposure, and loss of control. So when dealing with property, it is important to consider these risks and how to manage them, or to consider oth...

Falling and the Epidemic of Immobility

Posted by Steve Worrall | Dec 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

There is an entire senior industry built around preventative measures and responses to protect older people from falling, and with good reason. According to the National Council on Aging Falls Prevention Facts, “falls remain the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older Americans.”...

Why Americans Retire Poor

Posted by Steve Worrall | Dec 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Well managed money brings with it a freedom of lifestyle in retirement. Sadly, reports say that less than 5 percent of Americans will be financially free by the age of 65. Changes in the U.S. economy coupled with increased health care costs and lack of personal savings have put millions of Amer...

Everyday Devices That Can Be Hacked

Posted by Steve Worrall | Dec 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

The internet of things (IoT) is responsible for many conveniences via embedded electronic devices, and many seniors are making use of these technologies. It is becoming increasingly common for everyday items like refrigerators, thermostats, and doorbells to be internet-connected making our ho...

Spousal Impoverishment Protections Update

Posted by Steve Worrall | Dec 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Federal spousal impoverishment protections were set to lapse in March 2019. Two bills were proposed to deal with that issue. H.R. 1343 is still sitting in the House, but H.R. 3253 was enacted on August 6, 2019.  H.R. 1343, or the Protecting Married Seniors from Impoverishment Act, would have...

The First Steps Towards Enjoying Your Golden Years | Marietta Estate Planning Attorneys 

Posted by Steve Worrall | Dec 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

The First Steps Towards Enjoying Your Golden Years | Marietta Estate Planning Attorneys  Marietta estate planning attorneys know that what are supposed to be considered the "golden years" are often filled with stress, health issues, and financial problems. Knowing that you've got your proverbial ducks in a row will give you the chance to relax and enjoy your golden years.

Four Strategies for Avoiding Probate in Cobb County

Posted by Steve Worrall | Dec 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

At some point in your life, you may have heard about someone's estate being tied up in probate. It may have included awful stories involving relatives fighting over money or property to the point where family bonds were forever broken. The reality is that probate isn't always a grueling and emoti...

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