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An Ounce of Prevention vs. a Pound of Cure: Preventing Guardianship With a Durable Power of Attorney

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Written by: Michele Procino-Wells, Esquire

Management of household finances can be complex, particularly when a surviving spouse is left with the daunting task of decoding a recently-departed partner’s precise methods of paying bills and keeping accounts in order. For many adult children, watching their parents endure this can bring about added stress and concern, as well as anxiety over whether timely payments are made and assets are handled prudently.

This conundrum, coupled with the onset of senility and forgetfulness, can leave many adult children pondering what they should do – legally speaking – to ensure their parent’s affairs are well-managed...

Blue Ribbon Meatloaf

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There’s a chill in the air this week and it has us craving comfort food. This recipe is a team favorite!

Blue Ribbon Meatloaf

Recipe adapted from: https://eatingwell.com

2 t. canola oil

2 c. chopped onion

12 oz. bottle of dark or amber beer

1 t. dried thyme

1 t. mustard powder

3/4 t. salt

1/2 t. pepper

1 1/4 lbs. lean ground beef

1 1/4 lbs. lean ground turkey

1 c. breadcrumbs

1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray.

Heat oil in a...

Social Security Announces 1.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2021

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Social Security Announces 1.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2021 October 13, 2020

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1.3 percent in 2021, the Social Security Administration announced today.

The 1.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2021. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2020. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits). The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index...

Estate Planning for Digital Assets

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By: Michele Procino-Wells, Esq.

This year marks my 25th year as a lawyer. When I reflect on what’s changed the most during my career it’s easy to know it’s the use of technology. As a new lawyer, when I needed to draft a document, I dictated onto a cassette tape which was then transcribed by one of the ladies in the typing pool. Now, 25 years later, I’m sitting outside using the hotspot on my phone to connect to my firm’s cloud-based server and typing this article on my laptop.

Technology has not only changed how I practice law, but...

A Little Known Help

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Worried. Overwhelmed. Exhausted. Stressed.

The local chapter of a health advocacy group did an informal survey of their members aimed at understanding the experience of family caregivers, those people taking responsibility to provide care to a loved one with a health need. These are spouses, adult children, nieces and nephews, even elderly parents caring for an adult child. These words describe their experience.

Caring for someone else full time is an enormous undertaking and usually so demanding that most caregivers lose sight of taking care of themselves with breaks and rest. Mixing in the emotion of caring for a family...