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  • 1st Quarter 2012
    Are You a War Veteran? If So, You May Qualify for VA Benefits
    If you are a wartime veteran (or know of a wartime veteran) who is struggling with medical bills or the cost of long-term care you will be relieved to know that financial assistance may be available through the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Pension Program, more commonly known as VA Aid and Attendance.
  • September 2011
    Marital Matters
    This month we focus on making proper estate plans to avoid common legal and financial challenges in your marriage. Meeting these challenges will help you honor the vows you made on your wedding day to care for one another.
  • August 2011
    Admirable Administration
    Have you appointed trusted family members, friends or professionals to serve as the fiduciaries of your estate plan upon your death? If so, our first article is a must-read as we review some of the responsibilities (and liabilities) they will face.
  • July 2011
    Blended Family Basics
    Is yours a blended family? If yes, then you face unique inheritance challenges, to include disinheriting your ex-spouse, providing for your new spouse and your own children, and protecting their inheritance. Keep this newsletter (and share it with others).
  • June 2011
    Women: Law & Money
    Are you a woman or do you know someone who is? If so, then you will want to read and share this issue of our newsletter. The first article reviews some important Estate Essentials and Money Matters every woman should address without delay.
  • May 2011
    Elder Law Elements
    Good news, bad news. The good news: Americans are living longer than ever. The bad news: we eventually wear out physically, mentally or both. In this issue we review two challenges: becoming incapacitated and going broke due to long-term care.
  • April 2011
    Why doesn’t everyone have their final affairs in order, especially in light of the likelihood of incapacity and the certainty of death? Our lead article in this issue takes aim at the chief culprit: Tomorrowitis.
  • March 2011
    Estate Planning for Singles
    Singles comprise nearly half of the adult American population. Whether never married, widowed or divorced, single adults face unique Life & Estate Planning issues. In this issue of our newsletter we focus on the challenges from a singular perspective.
  • February 2011
    Special Needs Trusts
    Caring for a family member with special needs can be difficult enough, without losing government assistance. Our lead article reviews common mistakes, and a government-approved strategy to maximize support for the person with special needs.
  • January 2011
    Joint Tenancy Troubles
    Have you ever heard of Joint Tenancy? This form of property ownership can be a blessing or a curse, depending on the circumstances (outside of your control). Read our lead article to learn the good, the bad and the ugly of this common form of ownership.
  • 3rd Quarter 2011
    Updates in elder law from Noreen
    At Noreen Murphy, the focus is Elder Law or the preparation of seniors and their loved ones for the changes later in life.
  • 2nd Quarter 2011
    How to help parents and grandparents in financial need
    As the elderly population of the U.S. increases, and as the effects of the economic downturn hit, more and more adult children find that their parents or grandparents are not doing as well financially as they had hoped.
  • 1st Quarter 2011
    How to choose the right long-term care living situation
    Seniors and their families can spend months—sometimes years—looking for the perfect long-term care living arrangement.
  • 4th Quarter 2010
    Caregiver agreements save money and preserve family harmony
    Anyone serving as a caregiver for an aging relative knows that it’s hard work no matter how much you love the person to whom you are providing care and service, and in many cases it can be a severe financial hardship as well.