In this Issue:

A Little Help: Resources for Caregivers of Elders

A sudden change in a loved one’s health can be devastating, and may require you make many hard decisions in a very short time. Fortunately there are resources and support groups available to help. Read more...

Lessons of Estate Planning

As we look forward to 2020, we also look back and pause to reflect on 2019. In so doing, we are extremely grateful for the lessons that we have learned over the year about estate planning. Here are a few. Read more...

A Little Help: Resources for Caregivers of Elders

A sudden change in a loved one’s health can be devastating, and may require you make many hard decisions in a very short time. Your whole life can change in the space of a day. Gradual changes in health can also be difficult. Regardless, when a spouse or parent has ever-increasing needs, caregivers can be quickly overwhelmed. No matter how you came into being a caregiver, there’s no arguing that it is a difficult venture. But you don’t necessarily have to reinvent the wheel. There are many resources and support groups available to caregivers. Here are a few.

AARP
The American Association of Retired Persons is an American interest group empowering people to choose how they live as they age. They have a collection of resources, from a free Caregiving Planning Guide to a database of Local Resources. With it, you can find what you need near you.

Have You Wondered?

Have you sometimes wondered about how well-prepared you are for the future?

Many people have told us that their familiarity with estate planning and probate is limited; many more say their wills are not up to date and few are aware of the extent to which an elder law firm can simplify these processes.

Our website offers simple answers to these and similar questions.

Or, please feel free to contact us.

The Mayo Clinic
Another nonprofit, the Mayo Clinic focuses on medical and clinical research and education. Though they don’t focus only on caregiving, they have a collection of articles that can help. Articles range from how to choose the right provider for Alzheimer's and overcome resistance to care to caring for yourself when you’re overwhelmed.

Local Support Groups
New Hampshire has an interest in keeping its citizens healthy. Sometimes keeping your family healthy means keeping yourself healthy. The Department of Health and Human Services provides resources to keep caregivers in-touch with professionals and other caregivers. DHHS also produces a guide for caregivers with local resources, legal, medical, and even support groups. Easter Seals also has a variety of support groups.

Elder Law Attorneys
Relying on the internet or well-intentioned friends or neighbors to provide you with advice relating to the declining health of a loved one may not be your best option. Instead, when you are in a situation where someone’s health is declining, it is important to know the law relating to your situation and the proper steps that you should take so that you and your loved ones are protected. For this reason, consulting with an elder law attorney who can correctly guide you is imperative.


 

The Lessons of Estate Planning

As we look forward to 2020, we also look back and pause to reflect on 2019. In so doing, we are extremely grateful for the lessons that we have learned over the year about estate planning. Here are a few.

  1. Estate planning reduces stress. It can avoid court, taxes and conflict.
  2. Caregivers shoulder an enormous weight. Estate planning can make that weight easier to carry.
  3. Estate planning can be misunderstood. Some people think that all trusts protect assets or that having a trust or will is enough to avoid probate. Neither is true.
  4. Estate planning can protect assets. A good financial power of attorney is a powerful tool to accomplish that goal.
  5. Estate planning works better when it is communicated to others. Discussing your plan can avoid uncomfortable or unpleasant arguments arising after a loss, when emotions are already raw.
  6. Taking a team approach to estate planning by involving your financial advisor, your CPA and your estate planning/elder law attorney can ensure that all your estate planning goals are met.
  7. Estate planning is a gift to yourself because it can provide you with peace of mind. It is also a gift to others because it can make life easier for the people you love.
  8. Estate planning takes effort, but it is worthwhile. Of course, if you have any questions regarding your estate planning, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Looking back, we are also immensely thankful for the relationships that we have with our clients, advisors and colleagues and are sincerely honored that you have chosen our firm to assist you with your planning needs. Wishing you the best this holiday season and a healthy, prosperous 2020.

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