August 2018 Archives

Long term care planning: How to overcome obstacles that arise

Getting older definitely can be challenging in many ways. As Georgia residents approach their golden years, they may have health problems or financial issues that need addressed. Some must transition to nursing home care, while others are focused on executing strong estate plans. Long term care planning typically includes numerous aspects in addition to planning an estate, however, and it helps to know where to seek support if complications arise.

Avoid these errors when naming a beneficiary

Many Georgia residents are currently thinking about estate planning or long-term care issues. Some are adult children who helping their aging parents get their documents squared away. Others are people who realize the importance of bringing such issues off the back burners of their minds to the forefront. It is never too soon to start, although there are several common mistakes that those developing plans will want to avoid, especially when naming a beneficiary.

There are many ways to pay for nursing home care

No one wants to go into a nursing home, but at some point you may find that you require this type of care. Just the same, you may realize that an elderly parent is no longer able to care for themselves at home. In this case, it's up to you to step in and provide all the assistance they require, which may mean finding a nursing home.

How to tell if a Georgia nursing home makes the grade

When a Georgia family is thinking about executing a long-term care plan, it is often because one or both parents in the family are getting on in years and want to have their financial, medical and daily living situations in order so as to provide for their own needs and also to protect assets that will one day be transferred to their loved ones. A main topic of concern for many elders is nursing homes. In fact, a lot of people are currently in need of nursing home assistance, perhaps during recovery from a long stay in the hospital or because independent living is no longer a viable option.  

Differences between a living and a testamentary trust

There are various tools that are beneficial for long-term care and estate planning purposes. Each Georgia resident can customize his or her own plan to protect assets, set aside funds for nursing home or other medical care or to provide for loved ones by implementing a trust. Since there are numerous types of trusts, it's important to understand the differences between them, especially regarding living or testamentary plans. 

Does your aging loved one require a special needs trust?

As parents and other loved ones age, finding the right balance of support and independence becomes a delicate negotiation, and can sometimes strain relationships severely. In some cases, parents who utilize government assistance face significant risks when it comes to planning for senior living. Specifically, seniors and those with disabilities that keep them from working must not exceed certain income or property thresholds if they hope to keep or obtain assistance like Medicare and Medicaid.

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