I am sure that many of you are familiar with Dateline or the Investigation Discovery Channel and the many stories they cover of murders. Whether you watch these hour-long or two-part dives into these complex cases or not, you are probably familiar with how addicting they can be or how your friends or family members are hooked. The Dateline of today’s generation is true crime podcasts. With the surge in popularity of true crime podcasts, people’s minds are filled with stories of real-life serial killers, kidnappers, and other notorious evildoers in our world. One of the underlying themes, when someone goes missing, is that no one ever has access to the missing person’s files fast enough to find them before something truly devasting occurs. The notoriety of “the first 48 hours” is not just a dramatic catchphrase, the first 48 hours are extremely critical in an investigation of someone who has gone missing.
Now even though most of us will not be missing because of kidnap or murder, we do need to prepare our families for when we are “missing” because of our death or disability. Therefore it is a good idea to not only prepare your estate planning documents to protect you and your family in the event of incapacitation or death, but you should also prepare “an if I go missing file” to help your family increase their chances of locating the things that you know or are taking care of. The exercise of which can actually be excellent in creating a file that would be extremely helpful for someone to have access to in the case of your death or incapacitation as well. One of my favorite podcasts, Crime Junkie, introduced me to the idea of and emphasizes the importance of an “if I go missing file” and the producers of the show provide a downloadable version you can fill out. One of my friends once asked me why I wanted to fill it out and if I planned to go missing, my response: no one plans to go missing. Just as you likely are not planning your death or incapacitation, you still want an estate plan and to document the things you know that others in your family do not.Read More
Check out this first video of the FEPLG Vlog! We will be sprinkling vlogs into our regularly scheduled blog content. This week, Kristin shares why consolidation is key to successful estate planning.Read More
For LGBTQ families there some considerations regarding estate planning that you need to review. Depending on your relationship status, if you have kids, the state of past relationships, and changes in pronouns all can affect your estate plan. Although the 2015 Supreme Court decision established that tax treatment for married couples will be the same whether same sex or heterosexual, it doesn’t mean everything regarding your estate plan was resolved. An article from Mass Mutual’s blog highlights why LGBTQ families should establish and/or review their estate plan in their article, “Estate Planning for LGBTQ Couples”.
Married or Not – On June 26, 2015 when the Supreme Court made the monumental ruling that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. Many rights were now opened to couples in the LGBTQ community. A lot of the complexity surrounding estate planning was removed. Regardless if you decided to get married and/or chose not to marry because you don’t feel they need to in order to express your commitment, there are various estate planning areas to review.Read More
According to the 2019 report from the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.8 million American’s have Alzheimer’s. This report also shares that the risk for Alzheimer’s at age 45 is 10.3% for men and 19.5% for woman. It also shared is that, “According to one study using data from the Established Populations for Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly (EPESE), approximately 487,000 people age 65 or older will develop Alzheimer’s dementia in the United States in 2019” (19). The general nature of Alzheimer’s is something most are familiar with, but understanding what it is like caring for a family member who suffers from it is less common.
Last month we discussed the financial costs of caregiving, so I thought this month I would share what it is like to be a caregiver firsthand, and since there are 5.8 million families out there caring for a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s, I reached out to my mom to get her advice and insight on caring for someone who has this disease. It’s been six years since we lost my grandmother, Ramona, to Alzheimer’s, and my mom, Ann, was one of the primary caregivers for her mother in law.Read More
Before we dive into today’s blog post, we want to take a moment to thank our Veterans for their service. We deeply appreciate the sacrifices you have made.
We recently provided a guide to great aging and caregiver resources that are on Mass Gov’s website. In honor of November being National Veterans and Military Families Month, we wanted to direct you to the Veterans Affairs website, and remind you of a couple areas you should look into on there.
Right when you land on the homepage you will see great resources to explore: ones related to healthcare like refilling and tracking your prescription or messaging your health care team, and others related to education, disability and records.Read More