When I visit with my clients they often express to me that the “golden years” are not so golden. Many seniors, and consequentially their families, are faced with the decision of locating the appropriate medical care when healthcare issues arise. There are basically two options available when your … [Read more...] about Considering In-Home Care for a Family Member?
My wife, a home-care physical therapist, and I have an interesting perspective when it comes to seeing how the “kids” are now caring for their parents. We get to see how the care and love that parents show their children is reciprocated when the parents can no longer, fully take care of … [Read more...] about Caring for an Elderly Parent – Perception is Reality when it comes to your Siblings
Our lives are continually changing. We go from a child to an adult, from single to married, from a couple to a family, from parents to grandparents, from one house to another…etc. Our lives are made up of change. Since your estate plan is created to protect you and your family, it makes sense … [Read more...] about When Your Life Changes, Your Estate Plan Should Too
Sometimes the fact that you are married is important when it comes to certain legal and tax issues. For healthcare matters the law doesn’t take into account whether you are married or not. I have been married for 23 years, but unless I am nominated by my husband on his various healthcare documents, … [Read more...] about Do I need a Healthcare Agent if I’m married?
It had been a beautiful spring, very mild for Arizona, the kind of spring that you want to spend each day outside under the warm sun. A retired police officer, Jim, had recently separated from his wife, moved back to Arizona and bought a home. He spent a day beating the pants off of his 27 year … [Read more...] about Life Happens Without Warning
I want to take this time and opportunity to share a recent experience. As an estate planning attorney in Albuquerque, I spend the majority of my time talking about and planning for people’s deaths. On its surface, it seems pretty morbid, but the reality is that I enjoy being able to help those … [Read more...] about Facing Our Own Mortality by James Plitz, NM Attorney
Yes. A complete estate plan will provide protection in the event of incapacity. A complete estate plan can make the loss of capacity less difficult for all concerned by avoiding the involvement of the courts and the State. As part of your estate plan, it is important to have a Property Power of … [Read more...] about Can an Estate Plan benefit me while I am still alive?
I am feeling bad for the many people in the Northeast and Midwest who have had multiple storms this year. Living in Arizona, it is hard to truly internalize their pain, even though I spent three very cold winters in Chicago. When these unusual weather patterns interrupt the daily flow of life, I … [Read more...] about Is it too Cold for Estate Planning?
I recently received some wonderful news that some family members of mine are moving to Arizona! While they already have a lot on their plate – finding a new place to live, arranging for movers, packing their belongings, cleaning the old home…etc. – one item they should not forget about, once they … [Read more...] about Are you moving to a new state? It is the perfect time to review your existing estate plan.
The New Jersey Star Ledger, my home town paper (fond memories of picking up the paper to see if my picture was taken from a soccer game or wrestling match), ran an article that really hit home for what I am doing now – is being young a reason to not put an estate plan in place. The conclusion the … [Read more...] about Are you too young to Plan? By James P Plitz, New Mexico Estate Planning Attorney