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Estate Planning Made Simple: What Every Married Couple Should Know

Chances are at some point or another you and your spouse have brought up the topic of estate planning. Whether it was talking about writing wills or how to plan for retirement, it’s a common discussion for married couples to find themselves in. Often, though, couples are not entirely familiar with the planning doors marriage opens up.

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Give Your Estate Plan a 2017 New Year Checkup

Welcome to 2017! If you’re like me, you’ve spent the first few days of the New Year trying to get organized and set some goals for the year to come. Whether it’s a new workout regimen, quitting smoking, spending more time with family, or something else, the start of a new year presents a natural opportunity to make some small changes to improve ourselves and our lives. One item that you may have been putting off for a while may be putting an estate plan in place to protect your family. And, if you haven’t done so, I’m happy to help you make 2017 the year you finally cross that ever-looming item off your to-do list.

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Give Your Estate Plan a New Year Check Up

Welcome to 2016! If you’re like me, you’ve spent the first few weeks of the New Year trying to get organized and set some goals for the year to come.  Whether it’s a new workout regimen, quitting smoking, spending more time with family, or something else, the start of a new year presents a natural opportunity to make some small changes to improve ourselves and our lives. One item that you may have been putting off for a while may be putting an estate plan in place to protect your family.

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Estate Planning for Alzheimer's

In 2015 it is estimated that 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer's, most of those over the age of 65. Surprisingly though, a few hundred thousand of those cases occur in individuals younger than 65. As everyone knows, Alzheimer’s is a condition that reduces cognitive function due to degeneration of the brain. Unfortunately, the number of patients living with Alzheimer’s is only expected to rise over the next decade.

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2016 Will Bring Some Changes to the Illinois Power of Attorney Act

The leaves are just beginning to fall outside, but we’re already seeing changes to the Illinois Power of Attorney Act that will become effective on January 1, 2016. The changes are relatively minor compared to some of the most recent statutory restructuring that has occurred over the past few years. But, they are important nevertheless.

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Pet Care After Death | Planning for Furry Family Members

According to the Humane Society of the United States, pet ownership in the United States has more than tripled from the 1970s, when approximately 67 million households had pets, to 2012, when there were 167 million households that owned pets, or in other words, in 2012, 62 percent of households had at least one pet. That number is sure to be even higher now.

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