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Estate Planning

funeral planning

Save Your Family Stress and Plan Your Funeral

The death care industry — yep, it’s got its own industry moniker — is an estimated $20 billion business.  Service Corporation International, a publicly traded company that operates 1,475 funeral homes and 483 cemeteries in 44 states, pulled in more than $3.2 billion in revenue in the past 12 months.

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Changing the name of the team

Changing the Name of the Team

There are so many joys and heartaches in my memories as a Washington football fan. But it is a franchise with some awful history, the last to integrate, which fought for ole Dixie. There were also many great victories, admirable players, and coaches. My Dad, siblings, and I spent many Sundays in the joy of victory and the agony of defeat, with some ranting and curse words occasionally featured.

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tangible items

How Do Children Divide Mom’s Tangible Property?

One of the biggest challenges for anyone administering an estate is how to distribute what are called its tangible items. Unlike other property which can be easily sold, turned into cash and divided equally, tangible property is unique and often can’t be equally split. Its value also often can’t be measured by what it could be sold for. A family photo album may have no monetary value, for instance, but great sentimental significance.

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aging parent's power of attorney

Elder Financial Abuse Occurs When No One’s Watching

Take, for example, the sad and sordid tax case of Mary Ellen Cranmer Nice vs. United States of America, which would not have existed if an attentive financial advisor hadn’t noticed the large IRA distributions that were allegedly stolen right from under a matriarch’s nose.

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longevity mistakes

Can Exercise Help with Dementia?

The results of a year-long trial led by researchers at UT Southwestern have homed in on how aerobic exercise can improve memory in older subjects with mild cognitive impairment. The findings suggest it is never too late to start exercising, since aerobic activity improves blood flow to regions of the brain associated with memory.

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