Estate Planning for People with a Chronic Illness

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    Despite our society’s current obsession with political correctness, most people with a chronic illness (or a loved one with a chronic illness) know the harsh non-PC reality of living in a world that is not always understanding or tolerant of chronic illness and those who are affected by it. Many people, in fact, including employers and others who may have the power to affect your life and livelihood can be ignorant, fearful, even antagonistic, to those with chronic illnesses. For this reason alone,...Read More
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    If you are sick or disabled, who can handle financial, legal, and tax matters for you? Who can pay your bills so your bank doesn't foreclose on your mortgage, or the utility company doesn't cut off your phone, electric, heat, and power? And who will take care of other emergencies that you are not able to handle? If you are married, you cannot automatically count on your spouse to handle every emergency just because of the marital relationship. Don’t assume that your spouse has legal authority to...Read More
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    Many people, including professional advisers, erroneously assume that those living with many types of chronic illnesses must have significant cognitive impairment. It’s easy to make such generalizations, but inaccurate generalizations can be damaging to your interactions with your estate planning professionals and your ability to obtain the proper advice. If your will is challenged, a jury might well have the same misconceptions about your cognition. It is therefore important that your estate planner...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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