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American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys

The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys was established in 1992. Mr. Holmgren has been an active member since 1995. Click here to visit his Academy website.

Long Life in Okinawa

Take a moment to watch this video from CNN on the amazing health and long life of Okinawans.

Seinfeld Has An Answer for Everything

In this classic Seinfeld episode, Jerry and Kramer discuss living wills. Although humorous, it makes a great point about the importance of this key document.

 

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Utah's New Domestic Asset Protection Trust (DAPT)

Effective May 2013, the DAPT statute (or DAPT law) provides a powerful way to protect assets from various creditors and especially from lawsuits.

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Help Raise Awareness Around Elder Abuse
Posted on Jul. 9, 2013

Unfortunately, the issue of bullying is not only a problem for younger generations, but for older adults as well. On June 15th, individuals banded together to raise awareness around elder abuse in observance of World Elder Abuse Day. Elder abuse is a serious issue that affects far too many seniors. Given the prevalence of elder abuse, promoting awareness and being knowledgeable about the risk factors are important for individuals of all ages to know.

There are six major categories of elder abuse as defined by the Administration on Aging’s National Center on Elder Abuse: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, neglect and abandonment. Beyond the cuts, bruises and other bodily injuries indicative of physical abuse, other warning signs of abuse include withdrawal from usual activities, depression, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene, unexplained weight loss, a change in financial attitude and strained relationships.

Just how prevalent is elder abuse? According to the United Nations, four to six percent of elders worldwide have experienced some form of mistreatment. However, a 2003 report by the National Research Council estimated that only one in 14 cases of elder abuse is ever reported to authorities. One reason for this discrepancy is that the senior being abused often knows and cares about the abuser and doesn’t want to get him or her into trouble. Sadly, the majority of elder abusers are spouses and 90 percent of abusers are family members.

Why do seniors become targets for abuse? They’re often viewed as vulnerable, not only physically, but also financially; many financial scams involve conning the elderly with “free” medical equipment in exchange for their Social Security numbers. Research shows that elderly women are more likely to be abused than elderly men and that the prevalence of abuse increases with age.

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I help clients prepare for their unexpected death or disability. Using legal documents such as Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney, LLCs and more, we can ensure that your hard-earned assets go to the right people, at the right time, and in the right way–and are managed by someone who is competent, skilled and trustworthy.

I also help clients identify their non-monetary legacy (values, wisdom, principles, beliefs, life experiences, family name and a commitment to certain charitable causes) and how to effectively pass that legacy on to family and others.

Take time to consider the value of your life to others. Don't miss opportunities to leave a greater legacy than just money.

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