Blog Author: Stephen C. Hartnett, J.D., LL.M. (Tax), Director of Education, American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, Inc. As Americans grow older, more and more of us need help with our daily activities. It could be a little help or a lot of help, depending on the situation. Of course, the level of assistance we need can change over time. According to a study by Bankers Life Center for a Secure Retirement, 68% of middle-income boomers are providing care for a parent and 17% are … [Read more...] about How Will You Obtain the Care You Need?
Blog Author: Stephen C. Hartnett, J.D., LL.M. (Tax), Director of Education, American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, Inc. Often, when people think of “estate planning” they think it’s a task only for what happens after death. While an estate plan certainly deals with the distribution of assets at death, it also is about preparing for the complexities of life. The first article in the series showed how an estate plan prepares one for incapacity during life and not just for the … [Read more...] about 6 Important Estate Planning Considerations – Part 2: Long-Term Care
Blog Author: Stephen C. Hartnett, J.D., LL.M. (Tax), Director of Education, American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, Inc. The odds are nearly even that you’ll need long-term care (LTC) after age 65, at least for a while. But, many people haven’t planned for that possibility in their retirement plan. LTC care costs about $86,000 per year nationally, according to a Genworth study. But, the costs vary dramatically from the least expensive state (Texas, about $55,000) to the most expensive … [Read more...] about How Are You Planning for Long-Term Care (LTC) Expenses?
When you think about retirement planning, you naturally focus on the positive times that you can have as a senior when you put your working years behind you. This is fantastic, and everyone should make the most of their golden years. However, there are the twilight years that will follow, and you should be aware of the potential long-term care costs that you could face as a senior. The majority of Americans will qualify for Medicare at the age of 65 under currently existing laws. This would … [Read more...] about Should I Purchase Long-Term Care Insurance?