It is not just any old business…it is your LEGACY!

posted: May 21, 2013

Ernest Becker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning psychologist and author of The Denial of Death wrote, “…what man really fears is not so much extinction, but extinction with insignificance.” Estate Planning is so much more than the distribution of “things” and “money”.  Estate Planning, if you truly look to the underlying motivation of why we even create […]

Think they won’t argue over your Hummels?

posted: May 17, 2013

It is quite often the personal property that causes the most heartache and disruption in families after a death. Although, money doesn’t usually have any sentimental attachment, it can cause issues of its own on an entirely different level. But personal property can have a perceived value far beyond its actual monetary worth. For example, […]

What does a divorce have to do with your Estate Plan?

posted: April 21, 2013

If you already have Advanced Directives (Durable Power of Attorney and Health Care Power of Attorney) in place and you are going through a divorce or are recently divorced, you have some very important steps to take NOW! Without a doubt, your divorce will have a major impact on your estate plan. I know…this is […]

The Actions You Take on April 16th Could Mean Life or Death for You!

posted: April 16, 2013

National Healthcare Decisions Day is on April 16th, and it is an important reminder for every adult to share their private wishes about medical treatments and possible end-of-life care with family. Far too many people assume that their families would make the choices they would want in an emergency.  Yet every day we hear stories […]

How do you protect your child’s government assistance?

posted: April 11, 2013

A big concern of parents caring for children with special needs is not jeopardizing their child’s government assistance.  If a child is receiving Medicaid, often times this is the only viable health care he or she can receive…other options of private pay being too expensive. Putting this at risk could cost their child the ability […]

The one “thing” that changed my life

posted: April 8, 2013

Good and bad “things” happens every day to every one of us. These “things” are what make us who we are.  How we allow the “things” to affect our lives is what our life ultimately becomes. Zio Giovanni’s death is my “thing” that changed the rest of my life. He had a great sense of […]

3 Key Planning Steps for Parents of Special Needs Children

posted: March 26, 2013

April is Autism Awareness Month, which seeks to educate the public about the needs and challenges facing those with autism spectrum disorders.  Yet despite the observance, many parents of special needs children are still in the dark as to 3 key planning steps designed to protect their child if the unthinkable happens. According to, […]

The True Gift of Planning is Felt by Family

posted: March 19, 2013

I have posted this story before. I think it is important to share it again…to emphasize the reality of the affect our planning today has on our family when we are gone.  Thank you to my sister in law for sharing her feelings and putting them into words for me to share! “I love those […]

What to do if you need to revoke a Power of Attorney in North Carolina

posted: March 15, 2013

Powers of Attorney in North Carolina may be revoked by the person who executed the document (“Principal”).  But how do you accomplish this? If the Power of Attorney has been recorded in the Register of Deeds Office… 1.  The principal dies or 2.  A written revocation of the power of attorney is recorded at the […]

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