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Planning for the Future – 10 Tips for Special Needs Families

When caring for a child or loved one with special needs, it’s important to understand what resources are available to you, and what steps can be taken to provide quality care and financial security vital to your dependent’s lifetime needs. With proper planning, you can protect your loved ones and help secure their well-being today […]

Your estate plan needs an update, even if it is new

Reuters / Beth Pinsker Got a dusty old binder with your will and estate plan? Even if you had your paperwork set up a few years ago, all of your documents are now out of date, thanks to new tax laws that went into effect at the turn of the year. “Blow the dust off […]

Are Your Heirs Stuck with Your Charity Pledges?

Generally speaking, if you promise to give something of value to a charity, that promise constitutes a legal debt. There are nuances and exceptions, but your death is not normally one of them. Should you pass away leaving an unfulfilled, promised charitable donation to a nonprofit or charity, your heirs will have to deal with it in one fashion or another. […]

Do you know the 5 Retirement Housekeeping Moves you should review for 2018?

By reviewing the following items now, you’ll alleviate the stress and frustration of having to manage a loved one’s estate in a pinch. #1: Review IRA beneficiary forms (not your will) to see who you’ve identified to inherit the IRA after you die. #2: Update 401(k) forms. By law, your spouse gets this account if […]

DIY vs. Professional

One of our concerns as elder law attorneys is making sure our clients have well-drafted legally enforceable documents to help them through difficult stages in life, when they can no longer make their own decisions about health care, end of life decisions or financial well-being. It is so very important for people to not only […]

“Born to Be Wild”

“Born to Be Wild” doesn’t mean being unprepared-having a will and disability planning documents like powers of attorney are important!  Be prepared! You worked hard for that bike and all your fun toys in life–make sure you protect what you have! Accidents unfortunately happen–long-term care insurance and a good estate plan are crucial-don’t “ride bitch” […]

TIPS FOR THE CAREGIVER

By: Rachel Wallace  After my mother had a stroke, I longed to take care of her.  I was sure I was up to the challenge.  After all, how hard could it be?  I moved her in to live with me and was her primary caregiver for more than five years.  I learned it was harder […]

Newest member of the team

The newest member of The Germany Law Firm staff is a 16 week old Guide Dog for the Blind puppy named Tuppence, who comes to the office on a part-time basis.  Her puppy raiser, Cathy, is a Legal Assistant in the office and part-time puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind in California.  Tuppence […]

Stay at Home Daughter

It was with love and uncertainty that we welcomed Mom to Colorado.  She had suffered a stroke and we were told that she would not be able to walk again or take care of herself without assistance.  My husband, Michael, suggested that Mom come to live with us and that we work with caregivers to […]

HIPAA Information

HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act which was signed into law in August 1996. HIPAA was originally intended to support the portability of health insurance and to improve fraud and abuse protections, but provisions were added to improve administrative efficiency, reduce paperwork, and ensure confidentiality and privacy of electronic information. The purpose […]

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