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The Beach Boys Visit My Autistic Nephew, Brett

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The Beach Boys recently blessed my nephew, Brett, with the gift of a lifetime!  Brett is Autistic and non-verbal.  The only thing that calms his soul is music by the Beach Boys, which he listens to from morning to night.  My brother, Mark, takes Brett to as many Beach Boy concerts as he can.  Tara…

Simple Things You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimers

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If you’re like most people, the very thought of having Alzheimer’s terrifies you.  Discovering that you’re a carrier of the gene would be enough to paralyze many people.  Not so with best-selling author Jean Carter.  After Jean Carper discovered that she had the major susceptibility gene for Alzheimer’s, she was determined to find all the…

April is National Donate Life Month

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Organs are systems of cells and tissues that perform important tasks, like breathing or eliminating waste.  As we age, our organs deteriorate – especially the heart, lungs and kidneys.  It’s possible for a person to be relatively healthy, while sickness or disease or genes may ravish an organ.  Depending on which organ it is, life-sustaining measures may be required to improve…

Appraising an Estate

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“I may as well enjoy myself now, because I can’t take it with me… and you would blow through it all in a day!”  Ever heard someone say that in jest, or when they were slightly annoyed with their children acting greedy?  Not that you or I would ever do that as a child (smile). …

Tomorrowitis

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This article is my “Pick of the Month” from our Estate Planning & Elder Law Newsletter archive.  Take a quick peek and see if you find yourself, or someone you know, anywhere in the article…   Why do people procrastinate, especially when it comes to something as fundamental as their Life & Estate Planning?  Because it is…

7 Ways to Help Aging Parents Handle Finances

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Live long enough, and it’s bound to happen: that moment when you realize that the role between parent and child has switched.  For more than half a century, your mom and dad were large and in charge – directing your every move like a drill sergeant – whether you liked it or not.  A blink…

Congress Avoided the So-Called Fiscal Cliff

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As you probably know, Congress avoided the so-called fiscal cliff by passing – at the 11th hour – the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the 2012 Tax Act), signed into law by the President on January 2, 2013. The 2012 Tax Act makes several important revisions to the tax code that will affect estate…

Warning! Warning! Warning!

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By now, you’ve probably heard the new buzz word and may wonder what the “Fiscal Cliff” means to you and your family.  To say that our nation’s current deficit problem is comparable to a cliff is an understatement.  It’s more like a “Fiscal Mt. Everest!”  No matter where your allegiance lies, you can’t argue with…

Important Questions to Ask Your Pharmacist

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In our last blog, we addressed “25 Important Questions to Ask Your Physician” on the front and back side of a consultation with a new doctor.  This week, we thought it might be helpful to review important questions to ask your pharmacist.  Lenore Kelley, Chief Pharmacist for CIGNA Home Delivery Pharmacy, feels that pharmacists are…

25 Important Questions to Ask Your Physician

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How many times have you walked out of your Doctor’s office, drove home, walked through the front door, tossed the keys on the counter, and remembered an important question that you wanted to ask your Doctor?  Been there.  If you’re middle aged or older (and missing some estrogen, ladies), odds are good that you’ve been…

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