As the population ages, what affordable, safe housing that is well connected to services is available? Here are options that may suit your care situation and budget: Aging in place. Live in your own home or with family with access to in-home caregivers, cleaning, meal delivery and other services. Simple modifications can make homes safer: wheelchair ramps, bathroom grab bars and a medical … [Read more...] about Choosing the Right Housing for the Elderly
Between 1980 and 2010, the number of women over the age of 40 who opted to forego motherhood doubled from 10 percent to 20 percent. That trend is expected to continue. The reasons for remaining childless are as varied as the men and women who have chosen to skip parenthood. Many are involved in their careers, others may have married and divorced early on and have no desire for domestic life and … [Read more...] about Estate Planning When You’re Child Free
In recent weeks our country, state, county, and cities have all experienced the unimaginable. We entered 2020 with a great deal of optimism and the renewed sense of energy that a new year brings. Within a few short months, a deadly virus has claimed the lives of over 100,000 Americans. As an estate planning, elder law and estate administration law firm, we are having conversations daily … [Read more...] about Continuing Business through a Pandemic
As estate planning attorneys we often get asked the following question, “Does my agent or trustee need to be well versed on how to do all aspects of their role?” Our answer isn’t a simple one or one standard answer that works for all our clients. However, we feel that it is important to discuss with our client that the agent they name in their documents should know that they’ve been named, the … [Read more...] about Should You Train Your Agent or Other Fiduciary Under Your Estate Planning Documents?
I have been considering getting an estate plan prepared but I do not know where to start. I do not know who to name as my trustee or executor. I am unsure of who I want to make health care decisions on my behalf. I do not know how I want my assets distributed upon my death. There is no way I can get started without this information, so I will continue to put it off. If this sounds familiar, … [Read more...] about Roadblocks in Estate Planning
If you have married someone and your spouse has children from a different relationship, those are your step-children. Even if you have helped raise the child from a very young age, unless you have adopted the child, they would not be considered your child for inheritance purposes. The implication of this can be significant. Here’s an example: When Harry met Sally, Sally had a newborn child, … [Read more...] about Planning for Step-Children
An Aging Life Care Professional is often referred to as a geriatric care manager and is a health and human services specialist who acts as a guide and advocate for families who are caring for older loved ones or disabled adults. The goal of an Aging Life Care Specialist is to guide families to decisions and actions that ensure quality care and optimal life for those they love and to reduce the … [Read more...] about What is an Aging Life Care Professional?
Oftentimes in my consultations, I hear the refrain, “I am uncertain as to what is going to happen, so I do not know what I should do.” This comment is usually in reference to either the client’s own personal situation, such as a move or a family conflict, but it may be in response to legal or geopolitical uncertainty. The question is then, how do we prepare an estate plan in times of … [Read more...] about Estate Planning During Uncertain Times
March 23rd, 2020 UPDATE: Our physical office is closed following Governor Hogan's order that all non-essential businesses close. We will remain closed until directed otherwise. During this time, our staff is working remotely and all appointments (with the exception of document signings) can be conducted via video chat or phone consultation. Our staff is working diligently to contact all … [Read more...] about Our Promise to You During COVID-19
"In Maryland, at What Age Can You…?" by Attorney Colleen Sinclair Prosser (Audio) When are you considered an adult? I have always thought that at the age of 18 you are considered an adult, but your age and what you can do at that age, varies from state to state and from act to act. In Maryland you can: Get a driver’s license at the age of 16 When you reach 18 years old, you can sign … [Read more...] about In Maryland, What Age Can You…?