Like most people, you probably take the ability to make decisions for yourself for. What would happen, however, if you were unable to make decisions for yourself one day because of your own incapacity? Chances are good you would prefer to make as many of those decisions ahead of time as possible to ensure that they are honored. One way to do that is to execute an advance directive. A New Hampshire estate planning attorney at DeBruyckere Law Offices explains why you might want to execute an … [Read more...] about Why Should I Execute an Advance Directive?
Although the primary focus of your estate plan may be to ensure that loves ones are provided for after you are gone, you should also consider the need to protect yourself in the event of your incapacity while you are still here. The assets you plan to pass on to loved ones could be at risk if you fail to create a plan to manage them in the event of your incapacity. Toward that end, the Beverly area estate planning attorneys at DeBruyckere Law Offices discuss alternatives for managing property … [Read more...] about Are There Alternatives for Managing Property When Someone becomes Incapacitated?
Like many people, you likely have at least a rudimentary idea of how a power of attorney works and what one is used for in the normal course of business and/or your personal life. Unfortunately, it is this very familiarity that often causes people to either execute a power of attorney when they shouldn’t, or to use the wrong type of power of attorney. For instance, you may have heard of a “durable power of attorney” before; however, do you know when a durable power of attorney should be used and … [Read more...] about When Is a Durable Power of Attorney the Best Option?
Over the past several decades, Alzheimer’s disease has grown to what can only be referred to as “epidemic proportions” in the United States and around the world. Whether or not the disease is truly afflicting more people, or more people are simply being accurately diagnosed, remains up for debate. What is not debatable is that the figures relating to Alzheimer’s disease are truly shocking. For the majority of people, Alzheimer’s is something they only have to worry about suffering from after … [Read more...] about Should You Take the Test for Early Onset Alzheimer’s?
Terminal illnesses are on the rise in the U.S. Cancer deaths are growing faster than many realize and heart disease is increasing each year as well. For many, life insurance policies provide some relief with covering the costs associated with a loved one’s terminal illness. Whether it’s the overwhelming medical costs or the costs associated with a funeral, these policies provide a peace of mind that allows you to focus on your loved ones and the grief that comes with the loss. If you’re … [Read more...] about How Life Insurance Helps with a Terminal Illness
If you’re 40, and have children, ask yourself who would care for them if something were to happen to you and your current or former spouse. Who would ensure they got to their dental appointments? School? Who would sit up all night after that first broken heart your teenage daughter experiences? How do you know they would attend college? For that matter, who else knows you’ve established a college fund for them already? If for no other reason, parents should make estate planning a priority for … [Read more...] about North Andover Guardianship: Your Kids are Your Incentive for Early Planning