Community Resources for Your Elderly Loved Ones

What happens when you end up caring for a elderly loved one? You might be surrounded by community programs that could help you and not be aware they exist. Some programs are funded by state or federal government, and others might be privately funded or provided by charitable organizations.

Six Ways to Avoid Probate

Whether or not you understand the probate process, you may have heard that it’s better to avoid it. Whether you believe this advice or not, you can manage to bypass probate when you die through several processes.

How to Avoid the Body Snatchers

Some fiction writers may jump to tell you that body snatching is so “five decades ago,” with the current popularity of full-body donations to science. But, grave-robbers still exist, mainly to supply bodies and body parts to the medical field. The 2008 arrest of medical supplies boss Michael Mastromarino offers solid evidence that grave robbers still exist.

How to Write an Obituary

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, newspaper obituaries were flowery affairs and often contained poems and quotes. The writers would eulogize the deceased in terms that often described angels, even when some knew that that person was far from angelic. Today, price and space limit the obituary to a matter-of-fact short blurb that barely allows the family to let others know about the deceased’s character.

Your Hospice Rights

If you are considering hospice care for yourself or a loved one, you might want to know about Hospice Patients Alliance (HPA). This group was formed in August 1998 as a non-profit means to serve the U.S. public with health care rights in a hospice situation. HPA was founded by nurse Ron Panzer, and the group was formed by hospice staff and health care professionals who felt that some patients were not receiving adequate death care during the end-of-life cycle.

Types of Trusts

When you transfer property to a trustee for the benefit of a third person, this is called a “trust.” The trustee manages that property for the third person, or beneficiary, in accordance with your terms and instructions. These directions are included in the trust, which is a legal entity. In legal terms, the trustee maintains legal ownership of the property, while the beneficiary maintains a beneficial ownership of that property.