Estate and Financial Planning for People Living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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    The physical symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be further exacerbated by a range of emotional and psychological issues. The physical symptoms of COPD— deteriorating lung function, which leads to a reduction in physical abilities and increasing fatigue—and the difficulties these can create can also lead to anxiety. The physical symptoms of COPD frequently lead to depression. If you are affected by depression, getting motivated to address financial and estate planning...Read More
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    You’ll have to explain how chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects you to your professional advisers, and perhaps family and friends who will play a role in your estate and financial planning. It might be helpful to start the conversation by explaining the implications of COPD generally. Then discuss your personal experience with COPD. If this conversation is difficult for you, you might consider showing your adviser or other key people the following overview, then engage them in the...Read More
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    Chronic illness affects the time horizon you have to make decisions and implement planning. It’s important to clearly inform your attorney and other advisers of the time line of your illness and, most importantly, of how that illness affects you from a physical, emotional, financial (e.g., costs, impact on earnings ability), and other perspectives. Timing can be critical to estate and financial planning, and too many advisers, unless they've been personally touched by chronic obstructive pulmonary...Read More

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Martin Shenkman

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;...

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