Estate Planning Focus: Joint Accounts

This is a difficult question and one reason to avoid joint accounts. While joint accounts permit the joint owner to manage financial affairs for the original owner, they also remain the joint owner’s property when the original owner passes away. However, in many cases...

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The Need for Medicaid Planning

One of the greatest fears of older Americans is that they may end up in a nursing home. While we are blessed with excellent skilled nursing communities in the Kansas City area, these options may not be found everywhere. Transitioning to a skilled nursing community not...

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Why Everyone Should Have an Estate Plan

Do you have a will? A durable power of attorney? A health care proxy? If so, no reason to read on. If not, why not? Failure to create an estate plan risks causing discord in your family for generations to come. The following are four often stated reasons for not...

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What Is an Executor?

An executor is the person or institution responsible for managing the administration of a deceased person's estate. The executor (also called a personal representative) is either named in a will or appointed by the court, if there is no will. In addition to an...

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