Next Steps: A Practical Guide to Planning for the Best Half of Your Life

Next Steps: A Practical Guide to Planning for the Best Half of Your Life

by Jan Collins, Jan Warner


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781884956966
Publisher: Linden Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2009
Series: Best Half of Life Series
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jan Warner is a lawyer who has maintained an active law practice in the matrimonial and eldery law areas for more than 30 years. He is the creator and coauthor of "Flying Solo(R)," a weekly newspaper column about divorce and separation, and "NextSteps(R)," a weekly newspaper column about matters affecting the elederly and disabled. Jan Collins is a writer and journalist who is the coauthor of "Flying Solo(R)" and "NextSteps(R)." She is the editor of "Business & Economic Review" and a special correspondent for "The Economist." They both live in Columbia, South Carolina.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Introduction xi

Section I Choosing Your Team and Making It Work

Chapter 1 Putting Together the Right Team for You 3

Chapter 2 Working with Your Team 15

Section II Preparing the Necessary Documents

Chapter 3 What You'll Need for Your Plan 27

Chapter 4 Potential Pitfalls and Lifelines 37

Chapter 5 Asset Management Tools 57

Section III Implementing Your Plan Should You or a Spouse Become Chronically Ill or Incapacitated

Chapter 6 Health-Care Planning 75

Chapter 7 Long-Term Care Issues, Level-of-Care Decisions, and Payment Options 87

Chapter 8 Understanding the Basics of Medicaid 99

Chapter 9 Patients' Rights in Nursing Homes and Assisted-Living Facilities 117

Section IV Other Considerations

Chapter 10 Divorce-Especially When You're Older 133

Chapter 11 Divorce-What You Need to Know at Any Age 149

Chapter 12 Second, Third, and Beyond Marriages 179

Chapter 13 Cohabitation and Domestic Partnerships 185

Section V The End of the Line

Chapter 14 Burial Disputes and Organ Donation 221

Chapter 15 Planning for Pets 233

Epilogue 241

Glossary 245

Web Resources 249

Index 252

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