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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Four Steps to Take Now if You Plan to Sell Your Home Later


By Nicole Anzia
 The Washington Post
 
It requires a lot of time and energy to maintain an organized home, but the benefits of that labor can pay off — while you’re living in your house and when you’re ready to sell. Real estate agents consistently report that potential buyers don’t overlook a house’s organizational elements. In fact, buyers-to-be value organization. Orderly storage spaces signal that the current owners have carefully maintained their home. This, in turn, can translate to less time on the market and higher sales prices.
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ways to Provide for Your Disabled Adult Child's Future


FORBES JULY 12, 2017

Ways To Provide For Your Disabled Adult Child's Future

 

By Janet Reynolds, Contributor 

 

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Combination of Strength, Aerobic Training Found Best for Obese Elderly


Combination of Strength, Aerobic Training Found Best for Obese Elderly
For obese people over age 64, the combination of aerobic exercise and weight training is better for improving physical functioning than either form of exercise alone, a new study concludes.

Each type of exercise and a combination of the two produced 9 percent reductions in body weight over six months. But the combination provided the best mix of protection against muscle and bone loss with improved aerobic capacity. Aerobic exercise and weight training, also known as resistance training, "have additive effects in improving your physical function," chief author Dr.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Why Exercise is the Best Medicine for Your Brain


Why Exercise Is the Best Medicine for Your Brain
Given time, any brain can succumb to dementia — memories fade, thoughts scatter, basic abilities wither on the vine. Brains don’t come with lifetime guarantees, but there is one major step you can take to protect yourself from Alzheimer’s or other causes of mental decline: exercise your body. Nothing protects the brain quite like regular exercise, says Jennifer Heisz, a cognitive neuroscientist at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Not crossword puzzles, not supplements, not prescription medications.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

IRA Charitable Rollover is Now Permanent


IRA Charitable Rollover Is Now Permanent

By Robert C. Anderson, CELA, CAP, LLM

With the passage of the PATH Act of 2015, the ability to make qualified charitable distributions is now permanent.

Taxpayers who are 701/2 or older can now exclude from taxable income up to $100,000 per year if they make a donation directly from an IRA to a charity. This is called a “charitable rollover” or a “qualified charitable distribution” (QCD). This is a significant advantage over deducting donations of cash to charities on Schedule A as an itemized deduction.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

AN ESTATE PLANNING PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT!


DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR DOCUMENTS ARE?

 

This reminds me of the television public service announcement, “Do you know where your children are?” Every night at 10pm this question was asked all across the country as a public service announcement for parents.  This important question made parents stop their busy lives for that moment and do a mental check.  Are they home?  Do I know where they are?  Are they safe?  Then parents were back to what they were doing.  Crisis averted.

 

Same is true with your estate documents.
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Introducing Property Check


Lake County Recorder of Deeds Mary Ellen Vanderventer has implemented an additional service for homeowners to fight against identity theft and mortgage fraud, called "Property Check".

This new 24/7 service is free to use and allows residents to sign up on the Recorder's website to receive an email and/or text message, alerting them whenever a document has been recorded against a specific name or property address.

Users create and maintain their own name list that is cross-checked as each document is recorded in the Recorder's office.  If a matching name entry is found, an email and/or text message is sent out immediately.  

Lake County residents are encouraged to sign up for FREE property check alerts on the Recorder's website at Lakecountyil.


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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Feds to Phase Out Using SSN Number for Medicare ID


Feds to Phase Out Using SS Number for Medicare ID
Would-be thieves will soon have one less avenue to use to snare Social Security numbers. Medicare has been the odd holdout among health insurance companies in using Social Security numbers as the basis for member IDs — and printing those identifiers right on the insurance card. That ends next year. Under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, the agency is required to remove Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards by April 2019.
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Meditation by Lindsey Holland (Taken from Liguorian Magazine: January 2017)


How Do You Say It? by Lindsey Holland

 Throughout my life, I've been one who has a hard time with words. Probably not in the way you think, though.  It's not that I have nothing to say.  Rather, I tend to say too much.  I say whatever I think.


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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Safety Concerns for People with Dementia



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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

IRS Announces 2017 Estate And Gift Tax Limits: The $11 Million Tax Break



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