Paying for Long-Term Care

One of the common misconceptions about estate planning is that it only matters once the person who did the planning has died. It’s understandable, what with the word “estate” in there, but estate plans can definitely affect you while you’re still alive. In the past, we’ve talked about planning for incapacity, but another issue is … Read more

Join Me Today for National Healthcare Decisions Day

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about the importance of advance healthcare planning–indeed, it’s the one piece of the estate planning puzzle that practically every adult can benefit from. Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day, a day for preparing plans to allow others to make medical decisions for you if ever you are unable … Read more

National Healthcare Decisions Day 2015 is Coming

This year, National Health Care Decisions Day–a day to encourage people to do advance healthcare planning–is set for Thursday, April 16, 2015. I’ve written about NHDD the past couple of years, and I’m doing it again this year to encourage people to take control over their healthcare decisions. Although NHDD is still a few weeks … Read more

The Power of Attorney in Planning for Incapacity

When people think about estate planning, they usually think about planning for what happens after they die. However, planning for death isn’t the only function of an estate plan. Another important part of estate planning is planning for incapacity–the possibility that we may be alive, but unable to understand our situations, communicate our decisions, and … Read more

Basic Estate Planning for Young People

If you’re a young adult, you are probably not giving a lot of thought to planning for incapacity or death. After all, that’s for down the road–hopefully way down the road. However, as NBC News points out, even young adults can benefit from some basic estate planning. That’s because once you reach 18 in Missouri, … Read more

National Healthcare Decisions Day: A Day to Consider Advance Care Planning

The 6th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day is coming up soon–April 16, 2013, to be precise–and it’s a great opportunity to consider planning for health care decisions if you’re ever unable to make those decisions for yourself. This is one of the issues I talk about with my estate planning clients, and while it can … Read more