What do the attorneys at Carolina Family Estate Planning Law Firm have to say about wills, trusts and estate and long term care planning?

Welcome! Pull up a chair and grab a frosty glass of lemonade. Prepare to benefit from our years of experience in researching legal briefs, journals, and case studies as we dive into the wild world of estate planning and administration!

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  • Medicare Open Enrollment Begins October 15th! Heads up! Medicare Open Enrollment begins on October 15th and runs through December 7th for changes that will be effective on January 1, 2018. The Medicare open enrollment period is the time during which people with Medicare can make new choices and pick plans that work best for them. Each year, Medicare plans typically change what they cost and cover. In addition, your health-care needs may have changed over the past year. The open enrollment period is your opportunity to switch Medicare health and prescription drug plans to better suit your needs.
  • Stop Living in the Cone of Uncertainty: Plan Ahead That got me thinking: during a disaster, the Cone of Uncertainty is the last place you want to be. Taking the term literally, you ultimately don’t want to be where the hurricane is likely to go. But to use a little literary license, also consider this: in the midst of turmoil, the people who fare the best are the people who have planned ahead.
  • Book Review: The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson With the advance of technology, we have come to expect immediate results and instant gratification. The Slight Edge is a reminder that there is no magic button in life; astounding results most often stem from the cultivation of small, daily habits.
  • "What If My Heirs Don't Want My Heirlooms?" In a recent article in the New York Times, the author handles a question that might be a little uncomfortable for some families: what if your children or grandchildren don't want the heirlooms you've been holding onto for them?
  • Scrumptious Berry Muffins Any berries will do (but beware: the muffins will come out the same color as your purée).
  • Want to Eat Well? Make It As Easy As Possible Want to Eat Well? Make It As Easy As Possible. How do you make the best use of your time on the weekends and during the week? Send us an email at [email protected] and share your ideas.
  • Making Sense of Senior Community Levels of Care As elder law attorneys, Jackie and I help people make sense of senior care and paying for care while preserving their assets. A question we discuss often is, "What is the difference between all the communities and levels of care out there?" We work with many area senior communities, and we can categorize them in terms of the level of care they provide. In order from least to most personal care available, the three general categories are: Independent Living Communities, Assisted Living Communities, and Nursing Homes.
  • Coconut-Crusted Chicken Salad It takes a little work up front, but the coconut coated chicken adds a summery twist to this lunchtime mainstay.
  • Think Twice about Relying on POD & TOD Designations Estate and Long-Term Care Planning Attorney Jackie Bedard discusses what can go wrong when using Payable on Death and Transfer on Death designations to transfer assets to your heirs.
  • Refreshing Cucumber Salad This dish is a cool relief from the hot North Carolina sun. It makes a great BBQ side!