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Posts by Terri North

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Writing Your "Last Letter"

Stanford University developed a program to help people write final letters to their friends, their family, and even their doctors. The Stanford Friends and Family Letter Project was started in 2015, with guidance from seriously and terminally ill patients.

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Protecting Yourself At A Real Estate Closing

If you've purchased a home recently, then you probably got an email with instructions about how to wire the money you'd need at the closing. This is a common practice.

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Helping Banks Protect Seniors

According to AARP,one in five older Americans is the victim of financial exploitation each year, resulting in losses of $3 billion annually. Older members of the population are targeted due to their $18 trillion in assets and the likelihood that they suffer from problems with memory and judgment, making them more vulnerable.

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Prevent Creditors From Taking Your Life Insurance

One of the advantages of life insurance proceeds is that they pass directly to the named beneficiaries. A creditor of the deceased has no right to intercept the life insurance payment to those beneficiaries.

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Keeping The Homestead Exemption

Michigan allows homeowners a discount on the property taxes for their principal residence. However, they are required to notify their local assessor if they are no longer residing in the home.

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3 Ways A Trust Can Protect Your Family

Accordingly toa recent article from Merrill Lynch, many people still believe that a trust is only for the very wealthy. On the contrary, a trust allows someone of even modest means to ensure that his money is distributed as he wishes after his death. Merrill Lynch points out the three benefits of a trust:

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Lessons From The Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous

When fashion designer Kate Spade and chef/TV star Anthony Bourdain died last year, they had more in common than the headlines revealed, and those common traits offer a cautionary tale about the importance of a current estate plan.

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Free Help For Elder Abuse

Michigan is providing free legal help to people age 55 and older who have experienced, or are at risk of, abuse, neglect or exploitation. These free legal services are available regardless of income, languages spoken or immigration status (with or without documentation).

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The New Lead Paint?

Methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, was initially produced by gangs on the West Coast. But since that time, meth production has moved to small, residential home labs, especially in rural areas.

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Does your Loved One with Dementia have a Gun?

In a recent newsletter,Relevar Home Care reported on the often-fatal combination of a dementia patient and access to firearms, and they offered some safety suggestions.