Alive and Kicking

Alive and Kicking

Legal Advice for Boomers

Book - 2007
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Carolina Academic Pr
If you are getting older (or hope to), this book is for you. It will save you and your family money, restless nights, and heartbreak. Do I really need a living will? What are living trusts and should I attend a “free seminar’? How can I protect myself from scams and identity theft? How can I care for my aged parents? What are “assisted living facilities” and what about nursing homes? How can I recognize elder abuse and what about guns in the home? How can I fight age discrimination? What will be my insurance needs? What are reverse mortgages, Roth IRAs, durable powers of attorney, and disgruntled heirs? Will I have to give up both driving and sex? Need I worry about estate taxes? Should I avoid Probate? Most important, how can I get my family (and myself) to discuss the real problems that will face us? Here they come, ready or not.Not to worry. You don’t have to read the entire book. What you need to know right now is in the first four chapters. The rest can wait. This is a serious book about serious times, but, if you’re not up for an occasional joke, or poem, just put it back.

Book News
The core advice is simple: plan for the natural shocks all flesh is heir to, but do not bother defending against outrageous fortune unless slings and arrows start flying. For example a living will is a good thing to think about now, but there is no reason to know about age discrimination unless it happens to you. Law scholars Hegland (U. of Arizona) and Fleming, a 30-year specialist in elder law, begin with the easy stuff: just being prepared for the regular course of aging and planning for retirement. The harder bits are further back: getting in and out of trouble, restrictions on your choices, and disability and death in the family. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Durham, N.C. : Carolina Academic Press, c2007
ISBN: 1594603227 (pbk.)
9781594603228 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: 344.7304197 HEG
Characteristics: xxi, 266 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Fleming, Robert B.

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