Critter Corner: Are NORCs the Future of Successful Aging?

Dear Magic, I saw in our community newsletter that our neighborhood is considering becoming a NORC. We have a large population of seniors and various resources to help with transportation, meals, home care and more. What is … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Can I Delay Enrollment of Medicare if I Have Not Yet Claimed Social Security?

Dear Oakley, I’m turning 65 and I have not yet claimed my Social Security benefits because I thought it would make good financial sense to wait. Can I choose to wait to enroll in Medicare as well? Thanks! Juana … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Plan Ahead to Live Longer

Dear Hayek, I read somewhere that if you plan ahead for the end of life that you will live longer. Is this true? Thanks! Liv Lawnger --- Dear Liv, According to a recent study, what you say is true, but the study … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What We Can Learn from Critter Corner Pets in 2020

Dear Magic, I have really enjoyed reading Critter Corner over the years. The pets at the Farr Law Firm sure are knowledgeable about things related to aging, elder law, estate planning, and special needs planning. I was … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Higher Gift Tax and Estate Tax Limits For 2020

Dear Angel, We have a few more days left in the year to make gifts but we may hold off until next year. I heard the gift tax and estate tax limits went up for 2020. What will they be for the coming year? Will they stay that way … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How to Broach the Topic of Estate Planning During the Holidays

Dear Rune, We are hosting Christmas dinner this year and the entire family will be there. While we are all in one place, I was thinking it would be a good time to talk about estate planning and incapacity planning. What is the … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Current Tests for Alzheimer’s Disease

Dear Magic, After spending 30 minutes hunting for her car the other day in a parking lot and leaving the oven on in another instance, my mom thinks it’s time to ask her doctor for an Alzheimer’s test. I remember when my dad got … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Been the victim of a Social Security Scam? There’s a New Online Form for That!

Dear Magic, My mother was the victim of a Social Security scam. I told her she should report it, but whenever she tries, she is on hold for what seems like forever. Is there another way? Thanks, Ree Portit --- Dear … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Keeping Your Digital Assets Safe and Up to Date

Dear Oakley, I completed my estate planning documents three years ago and haven’t thought about it since. My 30-year old son brought up a good point the other day that got me thinking: what about my online photos and videos and … [Read more...]

Open Enrollment 2020: How Veterans Can Best Maximize Their Benefits

Dear Rune, I am a veteran who wants to add Medicare Advantage benefits during open enrollment this year. I have a few questions about my veterans benefits and Medicare plans, and I'm hoping you can help. First, can Medicare … [Read more...]