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Caring for Your Elderly Parents

It is important to understand the options available to help you help your parents from in-home care and adult day programs; assisted living and board and care; to skilled nursing care. Although many of these options have significant costs, Medi-Cal may offer some financial relief. In particular, Medi-Cal will cover the cost of skilled nursing home care. Although Medi-Cal is a resource-based program, there are many strategies available to Californian residents to qualify for benefits without having to spend down your assets.

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Technology for All Seniors

Technology can be difficult for seniors. Often, technology developers don’t keep older adults in mind when creating a product. Many of us, not just seniors, would enjoy bigger buttons on our phones and tablets, easy to use reminders and well-lit screens. Although many seniors shy away from using modern day devices, some items can improve their daily lives. Every senior should try to use a cell phone, a medication management system and a medical alert system.

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Tax Cuts & Jobs Act – What You Need to Know

The biggest tax reform in twenty years was passed on Dec 22, 2017 known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). It makes fundamental changes in the way families and businesses calculate their federal income tax bills, and most individual provisions stay in effect from 2018 through 2025. Learn more…

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A Trustee’s Fiduciary Duty—What is in your best interest?

When you create a living trust, you appoint a successor trustee to be in charge and manage the trust in the event you are unable to do so either because of incapacity or death. Your trustee is bound to administer the trust by a fiduciary duty. Generally, this means that the trustee must act in each trust beneficiary’s best interest. Find out how this happens.

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Stay Cool, Stay Healthy This Summer

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is clear that People aged 65 years or older are more prone to heat-related health problems. This is often due to medical conditions and prescription medications that can impact how your body responds to heat. To avoid heat-related health problems check out these simple tips.

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Elder Abuse and Neglect: Understand and Recognize the Signs

Communities around the world to need a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older people. We are raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. Please use the following information to educate yourself about the signs of elder abuse and neglect.

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Love and “Marriage”: Effects of Different Relationships on Your Estate Planning

Many people assume that if you have been a couple for a long time in California, that you eventually become legally married under common law. California does NOT recognize common law marriage regardless of how long you have been together, and/or if you declare to others that you are married. Under California law, unless a couple is legally married or has a legal domestic partnership, the surviving life partner may not be provided for by the estate. Learn how to avoid this!

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Be Careful What You Wish For—Problems with naming Co-Trustees

Stepping into the role of trustee can be emotional and stressful and disagreements may happen. The trust must dictate how the co-trustees need to proceed when they disagree. This could be by unanimous decision, majority rules, and in worse case scenario, a court must break a tie. Co-trustees is a risk that can lead to hurt feelings and family strife. Learn some tips on how to avoid this.

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New Tax Fix AB Split – Your Living Trust May Be Too Complicated

Federal estate taxes have been significantly decreased, effective as of Jan. 1, 2018. For single individuals, if you die in 2018, there is no estate tax imposed unless you own more than approximately $11.2 million. For married couples, the estate tax exemption is now over $22.4 million per couple. This exempt amount will continue to increase until Jan. 1, 2026, when the law automatically sunsets and the exemption returns to approximately $5 million per person. Learn more about the New Tax Fix AB Split.

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Avoid Caregiver Burnout

It is incredibly important to recognize that you have emotional and physical needs, and to take preventative steps so that you do not compromise your personal well-being. If you do not fill your own cup, who will? If you are in need of some suggestions for caregiving resources in your area, please contact our office at (408) 286-2122. We are always here to help in any capacity we can, either as attorneys or as a resource.

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