Stanford Scientists Can Predict When A Loved One Will Die

Richard has had Parkinson’s for more than two decades. He has been hospitalized several times this past year, and each time, his ability to swallow and other motor skills have regressed and have needed to be relearned through … [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...]

Man in Vegetative State Kept on Life Support for a Year to Boost Hospital’s Transplant Survival Rates

Q. I just read a very disturbing article about Darryl Young, a 61 year old Navy veteran who was kept on life support for a year while in a vegetative state. Members of the medical staff didn't offer options such as hospice care to … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Joint Bank Accounts

Emily, 67, is seriously thinking about adding her adult daughter, Katie, as joint owner of her bank account. She is considering this because she wants to ensure that Katie would have easy access to her money in case of an … [Read more...]

When Safe Deposit Boxes Aren’t Even Safe

Q. I read an interesting article about safe deposit boxes in the New York Times recently. It is focused on a man who had a valuable watch collection stored in a safe deposit box managed by Wells Fargo, possibly worth millions, who … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What if the Bank Refuses to Accept a Power of Attorney?

Dear Bebe, My friend’s brother had a stroke and is now incapacitated. As his agent under his Power of Attorney, my friend needs to take over his finances. She recently went to his bank and was told that the bank will not accept … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: An Advance Directive Specifically for Dementia

Dear Angel, I recently read about Advance Directives that deal only with dementia. What is included in them and is it a good idea to create them in addition to other incapacity planning documents? Thanks! Dee … [Read more...]

A New Miracle Machine Can Keep You Alive Even When Your Heart Stops

Q. My husband, Phil, and I have been married for thirty years. We were faced with a heart-wrenching situation recently, when Phil’s father had a heart attack and was on life support in the hospital. He didn’t have an Advance … [Read more...]

What to Do When a Loved One is Terminally Ill

When Leanne's father was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), his family knew the prognosis was not good. The average survival time for FTD is typically 3-5 years, and Leanne’s father has already had the disease for two … [Read more...]

Why Am I Left in the Waiting Room?

Patricia Hardy Johnson was the mother of three daughters: Kathy Wolens, Deirdre Mistri, and Carol Alexander. Prior to her death, Patricia Johnson maintained several investment accounts with Citibank worth nearly $850,000 that were … [Read more...]