Estate Planning for People with a Chronic Condition or Disability

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Estate Planning for People with a Chronic Condition or Disability


Martin Shenkman

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"This is the first comprehensive estate-planning guide for those living with a chronic disease or disability. This book is targeted at those planning for the disbursement of their estates, no matter their size.

Estate-planning is crucial for those living with a chronic disease or disability: individuals must express their preferences whether to receive long-term care at home rather than in a nursing home in the event that they become more disabled, and it is more important for one who has a chronic illness to name a power of attorney. Estate Planning for People with a Chronic Condition or Disability covers all of those topics plus:

  • How to write your will
  • How to determine how much life insurance your family needs
  • How to figure out whether you need a living trust
  • Learn about powers of attorney
  • When to work with a lawyer, if you need to

The book also includes downloadable sample forms for:

  • Power of Attorney
  • Living Will
  • Designation of Proxy for Financial and Health Decisions"

Product Details

  • Publication Date March 26, 2009
  • Page Count 200
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781932603668

About The Author(s)

Martin Shenkman CPA, MBA, JD ,MD

Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, JD, is an attorney in private practice in Teaneck, New Jersey and New York City. He has appeared on The Today Show, NBC Evening News, CNBC, CNN-FM and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Money, The New York Times, and other publications.

Mr. Shenkman is the author of thirty-two books and more than seven hundred articles. His books include: Living Wills and Health Care Proxies; Estate Planning after the 2001 Tax Act; Homeowner's Legal Bible; Divorce Rules; Marketing for CPAs; and Estate Planning Step by Step.

Mr. Shenkman received his BS from Wharton School, his MBA from the University of Michigan, and his law degree from Fordham University School of Law.

Table of Contents

"Chapter 1. 7 Steps of Estate Planning
Chapter 2. Chronic Illness Estate Planning Basics
Chapter 3. Organizing Legal, Financial, and Other Information: The Key to Your Security
Chapter 4. Competency: Taking Legal Action to Protect Yourself
Chapter 5. Power of Attorney: Authorizing Someone to Take Legal Action for You
Chapter 6. Ensuring Access to Your Medical Records: HIPAA
Chapter 7. Your Health Care Proxy and Living Will: Designating Someone to Make Health Care Decisions for You
Chapter 8. Emergency Child Medical Form
Chapter 9. Your Will: Distributing Assets and Caring for Your Loved Ones
Chapter 10. Revocable Living Trust: Maintaining Control and Protecting You Through Disability
Chapter 11 Charitable Giving
Chapter 12. Other Considerations
Chapter 13. Getting Started"