For individuals who want to ensure their assets are managed and distributed according to their wishes after their passing, appointing a Trustee is a crucial decision to be made. The choice of a Trustee will mostly depend on individual circumstances and preferences; however, a Trustee should be someone who is reliable, responsible, trustworthy, and with a good track record of managing finances and investments. It's also important to consider whether the Trustee shares your values and goals for … [Read more...] about Who should be your Trustee?
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15th Every year, many Americans age 60 and older suffer abuse and neglect. As part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we join the international community to raise awareness and help end elder abuse here at home and around the world. The Elder Justice Act of 2009 defines elder abuse as "the knowing infliction of physical or psychological harm or the knowing deprivation of goods or services that are necessary to meet essential needs of an … [Read more...] about Watching Out for Elder Abuse
Throughout the course of your lifetime, you will make thousands of decisions regarding your own health and medical treatment. Many of those decisions will be routine ones, such as making sure you schedule regular checkups with your primary care physician. Others may be life-changing, such as the decision to undergo chemotherapy treatment. What all of these decisions have in common is your ability to make them yourself. What happens, however, if you are unable to make health care decisions for … [Read more...] about Riverside Estate Planning Attorneys Explain Advance Directives
Incapacity Planning An article in USA Today focuses on a news release by the Kaiser Foundation about former First Lady Barbara Bush's decision to seek comfort care prior to her death on April 17, 2018. The article applauds Mrs. Bush's courage in bringing attention to the matter of the level of care sought by those who are terminally ill. Barbara Bush, age 92, had been battling congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for years prior her death. Ellen Goodman, … [Read more...] about Former First Lady’s End of Life Decision Brings Attention to Comfort Care
Parkinson's Awareness Day is April 11 this year. Parkinson's disease is a disease in which the nerves degenerate, predominately affecting the nuerons that produce dopamine in the part of the brain called the substantia nigra. The cause of the disease remains largely unknown. People with Parkinson's disease may experience: (a) tremors, mainly while at rest; (b) slowness of movement; (c) limb rigidity; and (d) gait and balance problems. While Parkinson's Disease itself is not fatal, complications … [Read more...] about Parkinson’s Awareness Day
As a probate law firm, we have a thorough understanding of matters that are handled by the probate court. This court serves a very valuable purpose, but strangely enough, it can be a good idea to avoid it in some cases, and this can be done through the proper planning. One role of the probate court would be to appoint a conservator if it ever becomes necessary. This is an individual that would be empowered to make decisions on behalf of an incapacitated adult. The clients we serve reside mainly … [Read more...] about Probate Law, Powers of Attorney, and Incapacity Planning