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Thursday, December 15, 2016

How to Handle Underage Beneficiaries


Ontario Wills and Trusts Lawyer: How to Handle Underage Beneficiaries

Many grandparents wish to leave a legacy behind for their grandchildren; however, they may run into some issues if those children are underage. An Ontario Wills and Trusts attorney can help you determine what the best options are for leaving assets to underage beneficiaries, whether those assets are held in a Will or Trust, financial accounts, or as part of a life insurance benefit.

Underage Beneficiaries in a Will or Trust

Ontario Wills and Trusts lawyers will always ask their clients if any of their beneficiaries are underage or even if they would like to keep younger beneficiaries from accessing their full inheritance until they’ve reached a certain age, which is usually 25. If the children are underage, an adult property guardian must be named since minors are not allowed to own property. If a significant amount of property is left to the minor, a Trust should be set up to manage the property until the child comes of age.
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Monday, December 12, 2016

What to Know for Estate Planning for a Blended Family


 Ontario Estate Planning for Blended Families

Many people are familiar with this common horror story: a parent remarries later in life to a person with a family of his or her own; when the parent passes away, their estate goes entirely to their new spouse through the laws of intestacy.

When the new spouse then dies, the cumulative estate goes to his or her children, leaving the original parent’s children without their rightful inheritance. This happens all too often, and usually leads to nasty court battles and hard feelings all around. However, estate planning lawyers in Ontario want people to know that with proper planning, these issues can be avoided.

While it may not always be pleasant  to think about what happens if you pass away, Ontario estate planning attorneys strongly advise those who are entering into a blended family situation to consider the following:

·         Truly think about who you want to provide for and in what manner.
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Monday, December 5, 2016

How to Claim Death Benefits


Claiming Death Benefits in Ontario

The death of a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences to deal with in life. What makes the situation even harder is the financial aspect that accompanies funeral and burial expenses. Money is often the last thing grieving families want to think about, but, unfortunately, expenses related to death must be paid fairly soon after a loved one has passed. This is especially true if the deceased was the main provider of income for the family, and the family needs some assets to make it through until other arrangements can be made. Luckily, there are ways to receive death benefits quickly to help pay for these end-of-life expenses, and hopefully bring some small comfort to families during their time of need.
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Building a Care Team Following an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis


Building a Care Team Following an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis |  Ontario Incapacity Lawyer

 

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you are undoubtedly going through an emotionally-draining and tumultuous time. One thing that could help you is to plan ahead and develop your own care team. This is a group of support people that will help you through the different stages of the disease. Here are a few things to consider when deciding if you would benefit from a care team:

 

Why do I need to build a team now?

 

A team can reduce the stress and feelings of being out of control of your own life. A team can help you live a more productive and active life during the early stages of the disease.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What is a Pooled Trust and how can Seniors or People with Disabilities Benefit From One?


What is a Pooled Trust and how can Seniors or People with Disabilities Benefit From One?

 

When making decisions on care and insurance coverage for disabled and/or elderly loved ones, it’s easy to get lost in the myriad of choices and complicated regulations.  With Medicare and Medicaid there are income caps, so individuals often do not qualify because their income exceeds the eligibility limits. A Special Needs Trust can also be set up, but these are only for people under age 65.

 

How can an individual with disabilities qualify for Medicaid or Medicare and get the care they need if they are over 65 or have been told they are ineligible for these coverages due to income? A good solution is to use a Pooled Trust.

 

If your loved one with disabilities is a child, you need to ensure that they will be cared for in the event of your death.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Working the an Elder Lawyer can Save YOU Money on Nursing Homes


Working with an Elder Lawyer In Ontario  to Save Big on Nursing Home Costs

Elder lawyers in Ontario are well-versed on the ins-and-outs of nursing home expenses, and they continually work with seniors to determine how best to lower costs and protect assets.  One recommendation that does not always get enough attention is to spend a little on remodeling your home to save big on nursing home costs down the road.

Nursing homes and retirement homes provide a lot of benefits to the elderly, but there are times when moving into one of these facilities may not be entirely warranted.  Instead of pulling out the brochures and comparing amenities early on, seniors might want to consider looking at ways to upgrade their own homes to spend more time living completely or partially independently.

The average cost of nursing home care in the Ontario area is continuing to rise.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

How to Avoid Estate Planning Fraud and Protect Yourself


Beware!  Estate Planning Fraud in Ontario is on the Rise

 

Identity theft is the fastest rising crime in America today. Criminal syndicates located overseas are gaining access to your personal information through a variety of tactics and using that information to open credit cards and bank accounts to buy products that they are then selling for profit.

 

Due to complex international laws most of these criminals are never prosecuted and you are left to deal with the aftermath. If you know anyone that has had their identity stolen, you know that the problems that arise from this can last years. These criminals have relied on hacking into computer systems to gain access to your personal information, but they have now turned to “phishing scams” where they trick you into given them your personal information.
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

What Benefits is my Autistic Child Eligible For in San Bernardino?


What Benefits is my Autistic Child Eligible For in San Bernardino?

If your child has been recently diagnosed with autism, you are probably feeling overwhelmed with this new direction your life has taken and inundated with information about how to care for your very special child. The good news is that there are a number of ways that the government and other organizations can help you. A few of them are listed below.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI)

SSI is a financial benefit through Social Security and is available for children younger than age 18. Your child can qualify if he or she has a physical or mental condition (or combination of conditions) that meets Social Security’s definition of disability.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Basics of a Special Needs Trust


Ontario Special Needs Lawyer: Basics of a Special Needs Trust

For families with special needs individuals, ensuring the care for their loved ones once the caretakers are gone is of the utmost priority. The loss of specialized care and Medicaid or SSI benefits is a very real danger if proper special needs planning are not put in place, which is why Ontario special needs lawyers often share the benefits of special needs planning involving Special Needs Trusts.

What is a Special Needs Trust?

Since even a small amount of cash assets can disqualify special needs individuals from the care and assistance they need, it is important to not let these assets pass directly to them upon your passing. A Special Needs Trusts is the best way to ensure your special needs loved one keeps their care and assistance while also benefiting from the legacy you leave behind. Ontario special needs lawyers design these Trusts in such a way that the assets in it do not belong to your special needs beneficiary; instead, they are owned by the Trust and managed by a Trustee of your choosing who will direct the assets to be used for the benefit of your special needs loved one.
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Are you Really Prepeared to Start Your Medical Career?


Physicians: Don’t Forget This Critical Step When Beginning Your Medical Career!

After years of school and clinical training, you are now ready to begin your medical career.

Or, are you?

You are most likely dealing with a lot of concerns at the moment such as work-life balance and unforgiving student loans.  One thing you are likely not adequately planning for is the possibility of getting sued. 

According to the American Medical Association, 61% of physicians surveyed had been sued at some point in their career. That’s more than half.
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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Caregivers Take Care of YOU too!


Caregivers – Here Are 10 Critical Things You Should Do to Take Care of YOU!

If you are a frequent reader of our Ontario elder law blog, you know that we talk a lot about how to take care of your older and/or disabled loved ones. We are passionate about helping people spend their end of life as comfortably and securely as possible.

However, one thing that we don’t discuss quite as frequently is how to help you, the caregiver, take care of your elderly loved one while making sure that YOU stay healthy and secure. That is why we offer you this quick test to see if you are remembering how important you are and if you are taking steps to ensure that you take care of yourself.

Please check the appropriate column for each response.
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