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Don't Go Long-Term Alone (English Version)

There are a lot of different options for long-term care, as you can see from this book. Each comes with its own unique pros and cons. One of those is the cost of the care. Assisted living can range from the low $2,000’s all the way up to $6,000+ per month. Memory care usually starts in the high $4,0...





To Gift or Not to Gift…?

When someone is thinking of how to get Long Term Care help for parents or their spouse, one reaction is to disburse assets so they can apply for Medicaid.  What many people do not realize is that by disbursing assets, they may jeopardize the in-need person’s immediate eligibility for assistance by causing...


The Value of a Living Will

My doctor has a collage on one wall about the importance of Advance Directives, or Living Wills, regardless of one’s age. An Advance Directive or Living Will is a document in which we each tell our loved ones how we want the end of our life to be handled – when we are in a permanent unconscious or vegetative...


Common Estate Planning Mistakes

Here are the top ten estate planning mistakes that I continue to see. Hopefully this will help you avoid the same mistakes. One: Not realizing there are multiple ways to jointly own real estate and not all of them transfer the property to the surviving owner without probate. Two: Adding a co-owner...


Stay Savvy Against COVID-19 Scams

COVID-19 has created a “perfect storm” for scammers to take advantage of ongoing confusion surrounding the situation and people in need.   Better Business Bureau (BBB) research has found that people who are living alone or those feeling isolated from others are more likely to engage with and lose money...


(Part 1 of 2) SBB University presents "Death & Taxes: Having the Uncomfortable Conversations"

PART 1 OF 2 VIDEOS - Although the topic may be an uncomfortable one, it is one that needs to be addressed. SBB University and our panel of experts discuss the documents that you need to have in place, best tax practices while you are alive, pre-planning your funeral arrangements, as well as hospice care...


(Part 2 of 2) SBB University presents "Death & Taxes - Having the Uncomfortable Conversations"

Part 2 of 2.  Although the topic may be an uncomfortable one, it is one that needs to be addressed. SBB University and our panel of experts discuss the documents that you need to have in place, best tax practices while you are alive, pre-planning your funeral arrangements, as well as hospice care and...


Is Your Spouse in a Nursing Home?

Are you worried about the impact of a Nursing Home stay on you or your spouse?  You are not alone as the majority of older adults worry about this same possibility.  When a nursing home admission crisis occurs, it is understandably overwhelming.    How will I pay for Nursing Home Care? Medicare coverage...


Family Decisions Can be Stressful – Help is Available!

Have you ever had a disagreement within your family?  Everyone has.  As things change, such as family members aging, there are many decisions to be made: healthcare, finances, guardianship, power of attorney, estates, wills...and so much more!  These decisions may be challenging to make given that they...


SBB Live interview with Steve Schmidt of Carlson & Burnett

I had a great SBB Live interview with Steve Schmidt, part of the Estate planning team of Carlson Burnett Attorneys at Law.  He and his team are available to assist with you Elder Law issues, Medicaid planning, guardianships, estate administration, probate, and more!  They can be reached at 402-934-55...


Why Would I Consider a Trust for my Estate Planning?

There are times when a trust might be an option in your estate planning instead of or in addition to a will. So why should you consider a trust? Trusts are useful estate planning tools that can accomplish a variety of goals. They can help avoid probate, minimize taxes, and be used to give property to...


Senior Care Spotlight welcomes Sechler Law Firm - helping clients during COVID-19

During these challenging times, learn how Sechler Law Firm is taking steps to ensure that that his client documents are being taken care of, where you can now access and view their Educational Workshops online, steps to complete an Advanced Health Care Directive (FREE) and discounts being offered to...


Trust Planning Completes Your Estate Portfolio

Wills and powers of attorney make up a simple estate plan. When your needs and wishes require more detailed instructions, adding a trust to your plan allows you to specifically direct where your assets go and how those assets can be used when you pass away. A properly funded trust keeps your wishes private,...


Have the Conversation Today

“It always seems too early, until it’s too late.” It’s an all-too-common refrain from loved ones who waited too long to have conversations about end-of-life care preferences. I, myself, live with regret of a decision made with my husband as he neared the end of his life. We followed the expert recommendations...


The Importance of a Financial Power Of Attorney

              Proper estate planning requires carefully crafted documents covering a range of matters. One of the most important is a financial, often called a durable, Power of Attorney (“POA”) which allows you to name the people who will act on your behalf in financial matters if you are cannot, or...

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