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Unexpected Characteristics of Dementia

The typical picture of an Alzheimer’s patient, or someone suffering from any form of dementia, is of an older, fragile person who doesn’t seem to understand who they are or where they are. Recent research has uncovered several different health…

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Do You Still Have U.S. Savings Bonds?

First issued in 1980, and still in use today, are the Series EE bonds, the most common variety of bonds. They were designed for the long game—they pay interest for up to 30 years. With the end of calendar year…

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Identity Theft and the Deceased Spouse

There’s so much to do when a loved one passes away, and it’s hard to focus when you are grieving. Still, there are several tasks that need to be taken care of immediately. Some of the things that need to…

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How Does an Irrevocable Trust Work?

Irrevocable sounds permanent, and it is—and that’s a good thing, says The Patriot Ledge in a recent article, “Sometimes irrevocable is good.” Here’s an example: if you have a daughter-in-law that you’re not thrilled with, leaving assets outright to your…

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Can Charitable Giving Still Be A Part of a Tax Strategy?

What you donate—cash, stocks or other investment assets—and how you make your donations—may have an impact on how much of a tax benefit you receive. The Los Altos Town Crier’s recent article, “End-of-year checklist spotlights tax-smart charitable giving,” provides some…

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What You Need to Know About Nursing Homes

A nursing home is defined by Medicare as a special facility or part of a hospital that provides medically necessary professional services from a nurse, physical or occupational therapists, speech pathologists or audiologists. These rules are specific to a skilled…

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Celebrities’ Larger Than Life Estate Snafus

In the article “Yes, even celebrities make estate planning mistakes,” the Reno Gazette Journal takes a close look at four big estate planning mistakes we should all avoid. These are such basic estate planning mistakes that you’d think no one…

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