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Guardianship: When a loved one needs help

If someone you love is slipping away, you may be forced to make some difficult decisions. Whether it is because of aging, illness, an accident or addiction, it is never easy to watch a family member lose the ability to care for him or herself. However, to ensure for the security and well-being of your loved one, you may decide to step in and take responsibility.

Elder law topics: Vulnerability to fraud

It seems as though there is always someone out there trying to get something for nothing. These people tend to prey on vulnerable members of the population here and around the country. Those here in Delaware who work in elder law see far too many residents who believe that an elderly loved one could fall victim -- or already has fallen victim --  to financial exploitation.

Estate planning is more than just divvying up your stuff

After spending a lifetime caring and providing for family members, many Delaware residents make arrangements to provide for them after death as well. Unfortunately, those residents might forget that estate planning is about more than just dividing assets. It also includes making provisions in the event that they become unable to care for themselves at some point later in life.

Structuring estate planning to help your executor

Delaware residents may take steps to get their affairs in order and provide for their families after their deaths. When they do so, they may want to consider structuring their estate planning in a way that makes the job of their executor easier. Not only does this relieve some of the pressure on the executor, but it could also hasten the probate process by reducing or eliminating the potential for unnecessary delays.

What estate planning documents should every adult have?

Whether a Delaware resident is 18 or 80, making arrangements for death or incapacitation is crucial. It is not only older people or those with families who benefit from estate planning. No one knows what will happen in the future, and news headlines filled with young people who lost their lives or suffered critical injuries can attest to that fact.

Who makes healthcare decisions when you can't?

Planning for the future is a difficult task, especially as it pertains to your healthcare. How can you know what you will need in the years ahead? It is impossible to know what will happen in the future, but taking steps to plan for the future can provide security and peace of mind. 

It's the digital age! Don't forget that during estate planning

Nearly every Delaware resident has some sort of online presence. Whether individuals simply have a Facebook account, save photos to the cloud or do their banking online, these accounts require attention during estate planning. Because the laws are still trying to catch up with the digital age, people need to take extra time and care to ensure that their digital assets are accounted for after death.

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