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End-of-Life Planning Tips by Katie & Corey

One of the most important steps of making plans to care for loved ones left behind should the unthinkable happen is to communicate your wishes with the family. Sharing your plans helps ensure that they are conducted according to your desires and helps eliminate family squabbles over post-mortem activities.

Getting your affairs in order is a gift of love. Your family will appreciate that you have taken the guesswork out of how to care for your person, possessions, and people if you become...

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Duane Bolinger, a financial advisor with Allegis Financial Partners in Portland, Oregon, recently made a presentation in our workshop about how families can plan now to economically survive and endure the loss of a parent or spouse. Life insurance, of course, was a big part of that discussion, and he shared an idea that we thought was brilliant. When each of his children turned 18 years old...


Wills and trusts are the two legal documents that are used in estate plans to distribute possessions. Today’s tip will summarize the differences between the two. Before we get into specifics, however, if you need some fun motivation about why having a will and/or living trust is important,..


Hurtful and offensive comments are a part of life. We hear them directed at us. We hear them directed at others. And at times, we’re the ones hurling the insults. Most of the time the person saying it probably doesn’t intend to be mean or insensitive. They just don’t understand the emotions and life...


At Prepare Your Affairs, our main goal is to prepare “the survivors” of a loved one’s passing. Sometimes, beloved survivors are also pets. As a general rule, most pets have a shorter lifespan than their humans. It’s not a bad idea, however, to consider the comfort of furry family and friends if their people pass first. Here are a few ideas that could be helpful.

Emergency Caregivers
Think of someone that is close in proximity to you that has had positive interactions with your pet. Be certain they are someone that is..


When legally preparing for the unexpected, it is important to understand the concept of “power of attorney.” Various versions of this legal document are recommended for most people in their end-of-life planning, which can be confusing because the various names are often used interchangeably.

The simplest definition is that a power of attorney is...


One of my favorite things to do is attempt to clean out my office. I rarely get it done, though, because I usually find old pictures and love letters my late husband and/or kids have written to me. The pictures are fun to look at, but there’s something about those letters. Letters somehow represent...


Suddenly being thrust into single parenthood is hard, especially if your children are not mature enough to care for themselves.

When you and your spouse are planning for that “just-in-case," "what if” moment, it’s important to look at it from the perspective of both parents to make sure resources will be available for either parent to succeed. A stay-at-home parent will understand...


Kent Allen, MS, LMFT who specializes in helping people through their grief, defines grief as the process we go through that helps us let go of old hopes and dreams and helps us obtain new hopes and dreams. While our hopes and dreams may involve money, possessions, experiences, relationships, careers, etc., they are born out of...


Many people often use the term “estate plan” and “will” or “living trust” interchangeably, but they are, in fact, different concepts.


A last will and testament and a living trust are similar legal documents that include instructions for distributing assets and naming executors or trustees to carry out those duties. A will is different in that it also...


Being a caregiver to a loved one during a long-term illness was a life-changing, difficult, yet very meaningful experience. Turns out caregiving brings its own set of challenges while your person is also having life-changing, difficult, and hopefully meaningful experiences.

 

As a caregiver you take on several new roles, as well as the ones you already had. A few include...


For most people, life insurance should be a key component of your end-of-life plans.  It is hard enough to lose any loved one, but it’s especially difficult when it’s a spouse with whom you shared the responsibility to run a household and raise a family.    Life insurance can play a huge role in easing...


Estate planning often conjures up all kinds of images. Some believe there’s no need to think about such things because they don’t reside in a mansion sitting upon acres in the English countryside. They don’t vacation on yachts or have massive holdings in all kinds of stocks and bonds. Just because we don’t have those kinds of assets however, doesn’t mean...


Whether it’s called a funeral, memorial, or celebration of life, honoring the deceased is a custom upheld by most families and communities. When planning such an occasion, there are many elements that need to be considered, including the following:..


Pioneers Pushing a Handcart

I belong to a faith community that highly reveres its pioneer heritage. To illustrate, as youth we occasionally re-enact a 3-day pioneer trek across whatever land around us takes 3 days to trek…pulling all our stuff in makeshift handcarts…in pioneer clothes...


After I was thrust into the world of single parenthood when Kris died, it did not take long before my level of respect for all single parents, regardless of how or why they got into that position, rose through the roof. 

Trying to be the mom AND the dad...


As we all know, death, like taxes, is inevitable. As it turns out, it’s also as inconvenient, expensive and devastating when not prepared for properly – especially if it is unexpected (according to our unscientific poll, 57% of deaths are). Life insurance can help mitigate some of the devastation by...


One of the most important reasons for preparing for the death of a loved one is something called “grief brain" or "widow’s fog”. As I was researching this topic, I came across an on online article...


In 2003 my family moved to Florida. We learned that hurricane season was from May until November and there were some things we should purchase in the event of one happening. There were several different attitudes about this information...


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