Finances

Medicare open enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment

By Miles Hurley | October 4, 2022

The Medicare Fall Open Enrollment 2023 season is here and that means your mailbox is probably getting bombarded with advertisements…it is truly a confusing time of year for most Medicare beneficiaries! Let us help you understand what happens during Medicare open enrollment. What is Medicare Open Enrollment? Each year, the benefits and premiums on your…

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Convenience Or Problems: Adding Adult Children to Your Bank Account

By Miles Hurley | August 2, 2022

  Do you plan to add your adult child (or children) to your bank accounts as you age? This can be convenient but may cause issues and create complications within families during your lifetime and after your pass. Why Adding Your Adult Child or Children to Your Accounts Can Be Helpful Susie a 78-year-old widow,…

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barriers to accepting a financial Power of Attorney

Barriers to accepting a POA

By Miles Hurley | July 12, 2022

“No,” “Denied,” “We can’t accept that,” … These are all words our client families hear daily when presenting a General Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Matters  (POA) at a financial institution.  To protect an account holder’s assets, many banks will refuse to accept a power of attorney. They fear fraud and exploitation, so they…

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Preparing for the holidays

Preparing for the holidays

By Miles Hurley | December 7, 2021

‘Tis the season! Unfortunately, it is hard to be jolly when you are concerned for your aging loved ones. Many adult children have not seen their parents in months due to the ongoing pandemic. In addition, work and family obligations paired with substantial distance makes it difficult for all of us to get together as…

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How to choose a power of attorney

How to Choose a Power of Attorney

By Miles Hurley | October 12, 2021

We have spent a lot of time during the past year discussing the importance of a Power of Attorney. Because a Power of Attorney enables your agent to act on your behalf for all financial matters, it is extremely important that you choose an agent that you trust.  Effectively, you are giving someone else the power to…

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Exploring gray divorce

Exploring Gray Divorce

By Miles Hurley | August 31, 2021

What do Melinda and Bill Gates and MacKenzie and Jeff Bezos have in common? You may respond that they are ultra-rich billionaires, but another correct answer is both couples experienced a gray divorce. Over the next few weeks we will be exploring gray divorce and its impact on aging couples. What is Gray Divorce? Have…

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The business of dying

The Business of Dying

By Miles Hurley | August 3, 2021

If you’ve ever had someone close to you die and have been tasked with planning arrangements for the wake, funeral, and burial or cremation you know it can be difficult. Not only are you dealing with heartache and grief of losing that loved one, but now you’re also dealing with the organizational aspects of death.…

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General Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Matters

By Miles Hurley | September 24, 2020
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Keeping Your Parents Safe from Financial Exploitation

By Miles Hurley | December 18, 2019

One major concern for vulnerable older adults is financial exploitation.  Almost daily, we hear stories of older adults being taken advantage of or falling for a financial scheme. Financial exploitation of older adults is pervasive, expensive, and difficult to detect.  As NPR reported,  “as we get older, we become more vulnerable to fraud in so…

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Georgia Nursing Home Medicaid: Setting up a Qualified Income Trust

By Miles Hurley | September 11, 2019

  Our last blog covered the top three things you should know about Georgia Nursing Home Medicaid. Coming in at #1 was:   You likely don’t make too much money to qualify for nursing home Medicaid.   This confuses so many families—and even professionals.   Georgia does have an income cap. By having an income…

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