Fiduciary Compensation

In past BLOGS, we have been focusing on estate planning.  You have made some big decisions or have at least started to think about your planning.  As you have been thinking, the thought may have crossed your mind about your fiduciary receiving compensation for their efforts.  Well, think no more about it.  In New Jersey […]

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Individuals with Significant Tax Debt Should Act Promptly to Avoid Revocation of Passports

The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers to resolve their significant tax debts to avoid putting their passports in jeopardy. They should contact the IRS now to avoid delays in their travel plans later. Under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the IRS notifies the State Department (State) of taxpayers certified as owing a […]

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Common Estate Planning Mistakes

You have decided you need to think about your estate planning.  You want to avoid making mistakes.  Of course, the BIGGEST mistake is to not have any estate planning in place.  To help you feel more confident about your estate planning, here are some thoughts to consider: Who will be your fiduciary – your executor, […]

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Long Term Care Insurance

Americans are living longer.  It is predicted that approximately 70% of individuals over the age of 65 will be unable to complete at least two of the activities of daily living.  By 2025 it is expected that for every 100 middle age individuals, there will be 253 seniors (definition given for “seniors” varied by age […]

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Financial Elder Abuse

Do you have a family member who needs help and you have hired someone who comes into the home periodically or who may even stay in the home full time?  If the answer is yes, where are financial documents kept?  Who gets the mail?  If the aide or caregiver or helper – whatever title you […]

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Medicare Fraud

Medicare and its more than 60 million beneficiaries are under attack from scammers who want to disrupt the program. Their primary aim is defrauding Medicare itself.  Billions of dollars were lost in 2017 due to fraud, abuse and improper billing. You ask – how can this happen?  Their schemes target beneficiaries directly, steal identities or […]

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The Modern Family and Estate Planning

Families have changed throughout the years due to divorces, second marriages, blended families, same sex marriages, single parents, cohabitating couples, multinational couples, couples with different religious beliefs, age gaps between couples – all which can require special considerations in doing your estate planning.  You may have one or more of these considerations to be factored […]

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Avoiding Common Medicare Mistakes – Part 3

In this final blog about Medicare, we will discuss some highlights regarding prescription drug coverage.  Check your plan for Part D as to covered prescription drugs and which are formulary and non-formulary.  Each plan has lists of drugs fitting into each category.  If your drugs are not on the approved list, you may have to […]

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Avoiding Common Medicare Mistakes – Part 2

Last week, we talked about enrollment periods and what happens if you fail to enroll at a specified time.  This week, we will discuss the different types of Medicare.    There is confusion with original Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans.  When you are eligible for Medicare, you have a choice which is dependent upon your health […]

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Avoiding Common Medicare Mistakes

Medicare open enrollment is upon us.  It can be a daunting time with choices to be made.  Choosing the best Medicare options that will work best for you can be complicated. This is the first of a three-part series which will help you avoid some common Medicare mistakes. That magical birthday of 65 is approaching.  […]

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