The Elder Care Firm October 2018

Why You Need an Estate Plan Now DON’T LET ME LOSE THIS WILL

When Aretha Franklin passed away this year, she bequeathed the world an unrivaled catalog of iconic tunes. People will be dancing to “Respect” and swooning to “Spirit in the Dark” for generations — which might be how long it takes to untangle the Queen of Soul’s estate. That’s because, despite leaving one of the richest musical legacies of the 20th century, Franklin didn’t think to leave a will. The fraught battles that will surely ensue over which of Franklin’s heirs gets what is a timely reminder that it’s never too early or too late to get working on your estate plan. At the very least, everyone needs a will . Without it, the State of Michigan will decide how to distribute your property and who can receive it. Creating a legally valid will also makes probating your estate a lot easier for your heirs.

While a will is the central document of any estate plan, it’s not the only essential one. In the event that you are incapacitated and unable to make decisions, you want a trusted representative to act on your behalf. A durable general power of attorney legally appoints a family member or other party to make financial decisions on your behalf. Without it, your family members will need to petition the court to become your guardian. A medical directive and living will work the same way, but for medical decisions rather than financial ones. No matter your physical state, your wishes as to what care you receive should be acted out. But if you don’t have a medical directive and living will, the state will appoint somebody to make decisions about your health care. Additionally, a living will ensures that your end-of-life wishes come to fruition. Our team can help you create a comprehensive estate plan that protects all of your wishes. We assist you during each step in the process of creating your estate plan to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible. Whether you’re single or married, in your 30s or your 60s, you should be thinking about developing an estate plan.

Chris’ Paleo Corner:

PALEO PUMPKIN COCONUT SMOOTHIE This meal-in-a-glass smoothie will cure your craving for a pumpkin spice latte. It’s packed with nutrients and fall flavor. If you’re the type of person who uses your blender more than your pots and pans, you’ll definitely want to add this recipe to your rotation.

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1. In a blender, combine all ingredients. 2. Blend on high or on smoothie setting until smooth. 3. Transfer to a cold glass, garnish with pumpkin pie spice, and serve.

• 1 cup coconut milk • 1/4 cup organic pumpkin purée • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or substitute with cinnamon and ginger) • 1 frozen banana, sliced • 1 cup ice

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