What it Really Means to Be an Agent Under a Power of Attorney

Q. My lifelong friend, Declan, has a family that has a history of early-onset Alzheimer’s. Declan is worried that he will get sick when he is still young and will not be able to pay his bills or make other decisions about his … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How Much Should an Agent Under a Power of Attorney Be Paid?

Dear Ernie and Jannette, Both my parents signed Power of Attorney documents naming my sister as their financial agent. They now both have dementia and live in an assisted living facility. My sister wants to pay herself to do … [Read more...]

Is a Handwritten Will Ever Valid?

Q. My brother, Larry, doesn’t like to spend money on anything. His family never went on vacation, never bought a new car, or never remodeled their 1970’s kitchen (or any other part of their home, for that matter). His attitude is … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Choosing a Guardian for Our Children

Dear Hayek, We have young children and are considering doing a Child Protection Plan for each of them. We know we need to name guardians for our children, should we die or become incapacitated. The problem is that I cannot … [Read more...]

It’s Vacation Time — Are Your Children Protected?

Q. My husband and I are finally taking our dream vacation to visit Greece this summer. Our children, Mason (11) and Emilie (9), will be at sleepaway camp, and then at their grandmother’s house, so they will not be going with us. … [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...]

Critter Corner: How to Make a Smart Phone Easier to Read for a Senior

Dear Bebe,   I recently bought my mother a smart phone for her birthday. I figured it would be a great way for her to communicate with the grandchildren, and to have in case of an emergency. There are also some great … [Read more...]

Does Medicare Cover Annual Physicals?

Q. My sister Amy, 66, recently called her primary care doctor’s office to schedule an annual checkup. She naturally assumed her Medicare coverage would pick up most, if not all, of the tab for the exam. After all, an annual visit … [Read more...]

A Moon Landing, an Anniversary, and a Reconciliation

Fifty years ago, Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy carrying Commander Neil Armstrong, and lunar module pilots Michael Collins and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin to the first lunar orbit. Many of us remember Armstrong describing the event … [Read more...]

Where Not to Die This Year

Q. I own a home in Bethesda, MD, but was told I should sell it and move to another state. My 96-year old best friend Sheila insists that “it is expensive to die in Maryland” and I'm beginning to think she is right. Sheila lives in … [Read more...]