What You Can and Can’t Do With a Power of Attorney

Q. My brother, Larry, who never married or had any children, asked me to be an agent under his Medical and Financial Powers of Attorney. Before I accept, I’ve been reading about what my role would entail. I am also considering … [Read more...]

How Well Did Eddie Van Halen, Kobe Bryant, and Alex Trebek Plan for Their Loved Ones?

As everyone knows, 2020 has been a challenging year for many reasons. Luckily, there are only nine more days left of the year, and we’re hoping that 2021 brings much better things. Besides the coronavirus pandemic, one of the … [Read more...]

No Matter How Old He Is— He’s My Son and I’ll Take Care of Him!

Q. I read about a situation where a 98-year-old mom named Ada Keating moved into a senior home to help care for her 80-year-old son, Tom. As a single mom with a son, I could understand wanting to ensure your child is well cared … [Read more...]

The Top 19 Weird Will Requests

The COVID-19 crisis has caused many Americans to contemplate their mortality. The pandemic has prompted people to think more about what to do if they become infected. And for many of these people, that includes thinking about … [Read more...]

Electronic Wills: Replacing Ink Signatures with Digital Ones

Q. I recently did my estate planning with your firm and the peace of mind I feel makes it completely worth it to me. I have convinced my sister, Erica, in Charlottesville, to do the same, as well as my daughter who is a … [Read more...]

Living Together Without Tying-the-Knot? Why Estate Planning is Imperative!

Marjorie (66), a widow, and Stan (67), a divorcee, have lived together for six years. A decade before, Marjorie watched her husband suffer from Frontotemporal Dementia, which caused him to be violent towards her, until he entered … [Read more...]

Five Steps to Plan for Digital Assets, such as Online Passwords

Q. My father, Daniel, is a techie and an environmentalist. In other words, any type of banking, including bill payments, he does online (no paper statements for him!) He also invests online and is an avid user of Facebook, where … [Read more...]

Estate Planning for Every Stage of Life

Q. I am a middle age divorcee who lives in a condominium complex with people of all ages, some who rent and others who own. My next door neighbors are a 60-year-old couple who have been married for 35 years, and on the other side … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What Should I do with my Valuable Collectibles?

Dear Ernie and Jannette, I have a huge collection of clown dolls that I haven't had appraised, but I know are worth a lot based on Internet research. My adult children don't want them because my grandchildren think they look … [Read more...]

Downsizing So It’s Not So Overwhelming

Q. My parents knew it was time to downsize soon after my son (their grandson) Logan was born. They started to re-evaluate what’s important to them at this stage in life and decided that their health and family were more important … [Read more...]