It was her worst nightmare. Karen’s Aunt Marge was in the Emergency Room, and Karen was in the ER waiting room after a midnight phone call from Aunt Marge’s neighbor. No one would tell Karen anything, despite the fact that Aunt Marge has no living relatives. Karen’s stomach churned thinking of Aunt Marge, lying in a hospital bed—alone, afraid, and in pain. Continue reading
No one wants to become the victim of a crime. No matter what your age is, there are steps that you can take to help protect your home and yourself. If you remember to use common sense and never ignoring your instincts, you can help yourself to stay safe and aware wherever you are. Here are five crime prevention tips that seniors can practice every day. Continue reading
Parents and children often have a different perspective on saving and spending. Parents of retirement age today were born during the Great Depression or during the 1940s and have a strong desire to save and invest in order to increase economic security.
Some of their children may have a different perspective. Because their children did not grow up during adverse economic times, they tend to consume more and save less. Understandably, many of these parents hope that their children could have greater economic security during retirement. Continue reading
Trusts can be quite useful for protecting children. However, for some children, the trust serves an additional function: It protects the principal from being rapidly spent by a child. These trusts have a specific name—they are called “spendthrift” trusts. Marla was visiting with her attorney Elizabeth shortly after her husband Harry passed away. She shared her concern for her youngest child, Joe. Marla: “Harry and I were very fortunate to have four great children. I love each one of them very much. However, when it comes time to making decisions about inheritance, I have a big problem. Our older children Sam and Linda are quite good with financial matters. The third child Lynn is average, but our youngest son Joe is very carefree. If Joe has money, it is gone in a flash. What can I do?” Elizabeth: “This is a fairly common situation. Many parents would like to treat their children equally, but some children are very good managers and one or two are not. In your case, we hope that Joe eventually learns to become more responsible. But for the present plan, it makes good sense to provide Joe with spendthrift trust provisions.” Continue reading