TED Talks: New Ways to Think About Death

Most people don't like to think about dying. We’d rather focus our energy on the people and the things we love, happy times, and things that bring us joy. But, as we all know, death is inevitable, and shouldn’t be ignored. Despite … [Read more...]

Overcoming the Fear of Death

Q. My mother always said that there are two topics to avoid in conversation, whenever possible: religion and politics. Unlike some of my Facebook friends and others I have known, I took this advice to heart and don’t have many … [Read more...]

Why Every College Student Should Have an Incapacity Plan

Q. My 18-year old daughter, Madison, will be a freshman in college in the fall. At her high school graduation party, my friend Phil told me that he is already doing estate planning for his own daughter, and he told me that it is … [Read more...]

Facing the Elephant in the Room

When Alyssa left for her long drive back to college or for a vacation, she would always give her father a long, meaningful hug, and would reassure him that if something happened to him or her, that she loved him very much. Since … [Read more...]

A “Guardian Angel” When One is Needed Most

Marjorie never felt alone at her nursing home. Although her husband died last year, and her children couldn’t be there a lot of the time to visit her, she seemed content. Her ability to speak clearly and her memory were … [Read more...]

Ask the Expert: I Am Young and in Good Health. Why Plan Now When I Can Probably Wait?

Q. I am in my 40's and run marathons. I am in better health now than I have been in my entire life. My family eats only organic foods, and we are hardly ever sick. My grandparents are still alive, and they are in their 90's, and … [Read more...]

Help Someone Else and You Might Go to Jail

Ray is a loving father and a good friend who enjoys helping others. He helped his son build a deck, assisted his friend in finding a home, and even does his daughter's taxes on Turbo Tax each year. However, when it comes to estate … [Read more...]

Would You Want This In Your Advance Medical Directive?

Jerome Medalie can't imagine life with Alzheimer's. And, he has made it known that he doesn't want to be around if he can't “recognize his loved ones” or “articulate coherent thoughts and sentences.” He did so formally and legally … [Read more...]

Top 14 Articles of 2014

From non-traditional living options to stricter driving laws in Virginia, we covered a lot of ground in 2014. It was a year that included a new act to help special needs families, enhancements to the Medicaid program, and amazing … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Why Plan for Incapacity?

Dear Commander Bun Bun, I read a startling statistic that less than a third of the population has completed Incapacity Planning documents. Why don't people plan for incapacity and how can my family begin the process? Justin … [Read more...]