GOP Lawmakers Offer Paid Parental Leave Legislation Linked to Social Security

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A group of Republicans has introduced legislation that would allow people to pull forward some of their Social Security benefits to use for paid parental leave — the latest effort from Republicans on paid leave in recent weeks. Source/more: The Hill   For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at www.davidwingate.com. Peace of mind is only a call or click away! For an Initial Consultation call Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate at (301) 663-9230 or visit www.davidwingate.com David Wingate is an estate planning and elder law attorney at Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate….

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A Consumer’s Guide to Hospice Planning

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Planning for someone who has a life-threatening illness can be complicated. You may be torn by the emotional component…thinking that if you put your wishes down in the form of a last will and testament or a trust, you are somehow surrendering your fight and giving in to the disease. Actually, my experience as an attorney who helps families with this type of planning is that the opposite occurs. I find that my clients experience a great peace of mind once they have done their planning so that they can concentrate on the other issues they are facing. When a…

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National Healthcare Decisions Day

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A recent study suggests that increasing the number of cancer patients who have end-of-life discussions could save the U.S. over $75 million a year without compromising care. Yet, less than one-third of all adults have a living will or any kind of “advance directive” to make their healthcare wishes known in the event of catastrophe, studies show. National Healthcare Decisions Day was started a few years ago to teach Americans the benefits of creating an advance directive, and to encourage healthcare providers to recommend them more often. “No one likes to think about the possibility of a life-threatening injury or…

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Do You Have an Advance Directive?

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Do you know what healthcare treatments you would and would not want if you would not speak for yourself?  Do other people know what your wishes are?  The annual National Healthcare Decision Day will be held on April 16, a day for everyone, regardless of ages or health status, to be reminded of the importance of making their healthcare wishes known to loved ones and their care providers. Everyone is encouraged to voice their wishes and take steps to ensure that their choices are known and protected.   An Advanced Directive is a legal document that tells healthcare providers who it…

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Why Everyone Needs a Living Will!

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In Maryland any competent individual may, at any time, make a Living Will, regarding their health care and/or the withholding or withdrawal of health care.  Basically, you decide who will speak for you in a medical crisis, in case you are not able to speak for yourself.  Generally, that person will make any and all decisions that you would make for yourself, such as receiving medical information; conferring with doctors; asking questions; discussing treatment options; second opinions; consenting or refusing medical treatment, including life sustaining treatment; and authorizing transfers to another physician or hospital. The toughest decision concerns beginning or…

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15 TOPICS TO DISCUSS WITH YOUR HEALTH CARE AGENT

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A health care agent is a person you appoint to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are incapacitated or unable to make any decisions. A Living Will (Advanced Directive) expresses your wishes about your health care including, but not limited to, resuscitation, life sustaining treatments (respirator, feeding tube, etc.) and withholding / withdrawing of life sustaining treatments. The Living Will is only effective when you are terminally ill or unconscious and unable to communicate your wishes. When it comes to making decisions regarding end of life issues, do you know your wishes or have you communicated those wishes…

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PROTECTING YOUR LOVED ONE

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Important Steps to Take to Ensure that Your Deceased Loved One Is Not a Victim of Identity Theft Identity theft seems to be the new crime of the century, and when someone passes away, they often become an easy and unidentifiable candidate for identity theft. Family members may become unguarded and feel that since their loved one has passed, their identity does not need to be protected. However, the truth is, the deceased tend to be a prime target for identity theft. Obituaries often release a lot of personal information regarding a decedent. This can become a major source for…

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OVERWHELMED?

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Are you or someone you care for overwhelmed with the demands of a loved one’s Alzheimer’s care? Whether you are caring for your loved one in the home, scrambling to make arrangements for nursing home care or trying to make sure nothing goes wrong in the nursing home, you know how difficult, time-consuming and isolating caregiving can be. Imagine what life would be like if you had a team of advisors helping you get the right care, preserve family resources and make difficult decisions. That’s what life is like when you have the ESTATE AND ELDER PLANNING team behind you We help…

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WHAT? My Medicare coverage is ending when?!?!

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The most feared words to nursing home resident or an individual receiving outpatient care or in-home care is that his or her Medicare coverage is ending. Providers are only required to give a two day notice to the Medicare beneficiary, and the news of coverage ending often comes as a surprise. This is especially true upon admission to a skilled nursing facility, as it is presented that he or she will receive up to 100 days of Medicare coverage. They key words are up to 100 days. Unfortunately, generally, this is not the case as coverage typically ends much sooner….

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