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Michael S. Winsten

A Guide to Living Wills

If you were critically ill or accidentally injured and could no longer make decisions about your healthcare, what would you do? You don’t have to be old to become incapacitated. A living will, a component of an advance health care directive can outline your wishes so that your loved ones can make informed decisions about your care in an emergency.
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Michael S. Winsten

How to Handle Death Without a Will

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, more Americans are aware than ever that they need a will, a living will, and perhaps a living trust. Still, this knowledge is not translating into estate planning action. No matter your age or asset level, having a will is beneficial.
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Michael S. Winsten

Estate Planning with Your Parents

It can be a challenge to discuss your parents' will or estate plan, or lack thereof, with them. Many adult children put off having the “dreaded talk” with parents and are unprepared when an unforeseen event like an accident or illness happens.
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Michael S. Winsten

Helping Every Family Plan Their Estate

A traditional family thirty years ago consisted of a husband and wife who were married young, bought a house, had children, and worked towards financial stability and security.
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Michael S. Winsten

Elder Law versus Estate Planning

A comparison of estate planning and elder law shows some overlap while both provide important protection for you and your family. The two terms tend to go hand in hand, but there are some differences.
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Michael S. Winsten

Protecting Nursing Home Residents

Advocates for loved ones in nursing homes are vital to their well-being because influenza, pneumonia, COVID 19, and other contagious diseases disproportionately affect residents.. According to the American Family Physician Journal, a flu outbreak in a nursing home often affects 20 percent or more of the residents.
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Michael S. Winsten

Planning for the Final Days

A family discussion that opens up about your mortality is a sobering experience, but it is prudent. No one relishes the thought of their demise, and yet with forethought, you can ensure that your estate plan and your healthcare arrangements best reflect your wishes. It is essential to prioritize these discussions with your loved ones and follow up on implementation with your elder law attorney.
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Michael S. Winsten

Estate Planning as an Entrepreneur

The following entrepreneurial characteristics are common to all entrepreneurs: motivation, creativity, persuasiveness, risk tolerance, versatility, vision, innovation, communication, collaboration, flexibility, and decisiveness. These individuals create new businesses bearing most of the risks and reaping most of the rewards if successful. Because of their innate attributes, an estate planning process can be markedly different from others because entrepreneurs often have complex financial lives and strong opinions about their legacy.
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Michael S. Winsten

Free Online Legal Documents are Dangerous

The purpose of a power of attorney is to appoint someone trustworthy to make decisions or negotiate on your behalf. They could be related to personal finances, business operations, or medical needs and used for a single immediate purpose or an ongoing situation.
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Michael S. Winsten

How to Get Through Probate

Probate is the legal process by which a will is recognized, and a personal representative is appointed to administer the estate according to the desires of the intended beneficiaries, according to the American Bar Association (ABA).
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