September 13

Planning for Your Pets: Why a Trust is Preferred

by Ann Watt It is a running joke in my house that my husband and I only work to keep our dogs in the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed. We laugh it off while we shake our heads and acknowledge that while it is funny; it is steeped in truth. The king and.

September 13

FAQ: The Value of a Special Needs Trust

by Samuel V. Butcher, Esq As an advocate and guardian for your family member with a developmental or intellectual disability, it is important to understand and determine if you should pursue a Special Needs Trust. What is a Special Needs Trust? A Special Needs Trust (SNT) is a trust established as a source for funds.

August 23

Don’t Let Estate Planning Anxieties Unravel Your Blended Marriage

by Samuel V. Butcher, Esq Maggie continued working after the untimely death of her late husband Tom, more out of a need for socialization than stability. She could easily have retired in her mid-forties on the money she and Tom had socked away along with Tom’s generous life insurance proceeds. Maggie’s biggest concern was helping.

July 14

The Costs of Dementia: For the Patient and the Family

  A recent report from the Alzheimer’s Association states that one in nine Americans age 65 or older currently have Alzheimer’s. With the baby boomer generation aging and people living longer, that number may nearly triple by 2050. Alzheimer’s, of course, is just one cause of dementia—mini-strokes (TIAs) are also to blame—so the number of.

June 15

Butcher Elder Law’s Top Eleven Tips for Picking a Financial Advisor

  The United Nations designated June 15, 2017 to be World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The day is meant to focus on the “health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world” when “the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations”. [1].

November 29

Starting the Conversation with Your Parent About an Estate Plan

Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season lends a unique opportunity for boomer children to talk to their aging parents about powers of attorney and other estate planning essentials.   Initiating that conversation can feel overwhelming, but it might be one of the most important things you do for your parent.   Here are some tips.