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Planning for Your Digital Legacy

An estate plan often focuses on tangible property such as jewelry, artwork, money, and vehicles. However, in this age of technology, it is important to remember to include your digital assets. Digital assets consist of everything we own online. Because…
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Estate Planning During a Divorce: 4 Key Considerations

You have planned your life carefully. With your spouse, you have drawn up a will and established trusts to organize your estate after your deaths. You have made decisions about the guardianship of your children, should anything happen to you…
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How Often Do You Need to Update Your Estate Planning?

It may be time to contact your estate planning attorney if it has been a while since you updated (or reviewed) your estate plan. Experts recommend updating your estate plan every three to five years—whether changing beneficiary designations or updating estate…
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Estate Planning When You Have a Stepfamily

One of the best parts of your marriage was inheriting a son you have always wanted but could never have on your own. Blood could not make you both any closer, so it is only fair that you make provisions…
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Better Brain, Better Life: Getting Off the Road to Alzheimer’s

This article is based on a conversation by Kim Hegwood, estate planning and elder law attorney, and Tamara Claunch, Integrative Wellness and Life Coach who specializes in dementia risk reduction. For the full conversation on this topic, view the Life…
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Lost and Found in the Alzheimer’s Forest

This article is based on a conversation by Kim Hegwood, estate planning and elder law attorney, and Ruth Dennis, Alzheimer’s educator and author of Mindful Dementia Care: Lost and Found in the Alzheimer’s Forest. For the full conversation on this…
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Becoming an Informed Caregiver

This article is based on a conversation by Kim Hegwood, managing attorney of Hegwood Law Group, and Eddie Orum, who is a family caregiver and volunteer for AARP. For the full conversation on this topic, view the Life Happens podcast…
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8 Common Questions (and Answers) About Being an Agent Under a Power of Attorney

You have just been appointed as an agent (or “attorney-in-fact”) under a statutory durable power of attorney – a document that, for most people, is even more useful than a will. Your appointment allows you to act in place of…
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Drafting a Power of Attorney That Lessens the Chances of Abuse

A statutory durable power of attorney is one of the most important estate planning documents you can create, but it is also one that can be misused. While it is not possible to completely prevent the possibility of financial abuse,…
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