The idea behind the concept of legacy planning is to take estate planning to the next level. Legacy planning allows you to incorporate your ideals, beliefs, values, and faith into your estate planning endeavors. Instead of simply leaving behind assets, legacy planning lets you leave behind much more of who you are and what made you into that person. To better explain, a Grand Forks legacy planning attorney at German Law Group explains how you can leave behind your legacy Traditional … [Read more...] about Leaving Behind Your Legacy
Before the pandemic, Americans were more mobile than ever. When you move, you have to change your address, your voter registration, and all sorts of other things. But, do you need to revise your estate planning documents? Like with many things in law, it depends on your situation. Read on to learn more. … [Read more...] about Will Your Estate Plan Still Work If You Move?
In the United States, veterans, their dependents, and survivors are entitled to a number of benefits and qualify for numerous assistance programs as a result of their service. One program that can help veterans and their spouses put off the need to move to long-term care is the Veterans Aid & Attendance program. The VA&A program is not a well-known program; however, the benefits it provides can make a huge difference to seniors wishing to remain in their homes. To help you determine if … [Read more...] about How Does a Veteran Qualify for Aid & Attendance?
In what seems like the blink of an eye, Alzheimer’s disease has become one of the top health concerns in the United States. Unlike other major causes of death in the U.S., we have no way to predict, prevent, or cure Alzheimer’s disease. Unless at least one of those changes, the figures experts give us for the future are grim. A recent article in STAT, a national publication devoted to in-depth reporting about health, medicine, and scientific discovery, points to North Dakota, of all places, as a … [Read more...] about North Dakota Offers a Look at the Future of Alzheimer’s in America
If you have a parent or grandparent who is well into their “Golden Years” and is still driving, you may be getting worried about their safety and the safety of those who share the road with them. Keeping seniors safe behind the wheel can be a challenge because for most people the ability to drive is associated with freedom and independence. Consequently, most of us do not want to give up our right to drive. The repercussions, however, of waiting to do something about seniors who really should … [Read more...] about Keeping Seniors Safe Behind the Wheel
The news coming from the East Coast about the devastating impact of hurricane Sandy is almost shocking. If you're wondering what you can do to help the victims in their time of need, there are several charitable organizations that need ongoing support as they provide disaster relief and assistance. ABC has recently provided a list of organizations providing support in the area, some of which we have listed here. The Red Cross. Red Cross workers are currently providing emergency shelter, food, … [Read more...] about Hurricane Relief Options
A lot of people aren't really sure what a power of attorney is or how it works. There are quite a few myths and misconceptions surrounding these documents, many of which can be harmful or prevent people from using these documents to their fullest capacities. Let's take a look at a few misconceptionss surrounding powers of attorney and how they work. Myth 1: Only An Attorney Can Have Power of Attorney This term “power of attorney” does not in any way require you to have a lawyer. When you … [Read more...] about Power of Attorney Myths
As more than 10,000 baby boomers reach retirement age every day, the need for estate planning, financial planning, and advice on elder law issues continues to rise. However, the aging population has also led to a rise in the number of con artists or scammers that are dedicated to taking advantage of retirees and elderly people. When you add into the mix the ever-growing presence of the Internet and the often decreased cognitive capacities of the aging, those intent on taking advantage and … [Read more...] about The Aging Of America And The Rise of Boomer Scammers – 3 Warning Signs
Probate is a court supervised process wherein your will is verified, your personal representative (P.R.) is sworn in, potential creditors are notified of your death, taxes are filed and paid, last bills are paid, beneficiaries are identified, and assets are distributed to your beneficiaries as instructed in your will. North Dakota Probate Exemption If you die or own property in North Dakota, you can avoid probate with an affidavit procedure if you own personal property worth $50,000 or … [Read more...] about Probate in North Dakota