The term “trust” describes a rather versatile set of estate planning devices. There are many different kinds of trusts a person could include in their estate plan here in Massachusetts. The different types of trusts vary in what they can do and what kinds of goals they are aimed at helping with.
We all know that exercise can have physical health benefits, including for the elderly. But might exercise also be able to help with mental health issues for seniors, like cognitive decline? A recent study suggests it very well might.
An injury can have the potential to impact a person for the rest of their life. This can particularly be the case for seniors, as the various things that go along with old age can make recovering from an injury difficult. Elderly individuals sometimes never fully recovery from an injury.
Federal estate tax exemptions have gone up in the past several years, and now most Massachusetts residents do not have to worry about the issue. However, estate tax laws could always change, and some people want to plan for the potential for lower exemptions and higher estate taxes in the future.
There are many reasons why a person may want their home to stay in the family after they have passed away or are no longer able to use it themselves. For example, they may want their spouse or another family member to not have to worry about where they are going to live or how they are going to afford housing. Also, a family home can carry a lot of memories with it, so a person may have a desire to pass on such a home to future generations of their family to help with preserving these memories and to give these generations the opportunity to enjoy to home and its connection to family tradition.
There are various methods individuals could turn to for trying to address the possibility of having high long-term care expenses in the future. For some, setting up certain kinds of trusts could be of help when it comes to their goals on this front. Another planning strategy some use is getting long-term care insurance.
Suffering a stroke can be a very terrifying experience for an elderly individual. It is also an experience that can have effects long into the future. Among the things a stroke can impact for a senior is what their care needs are moving forward. A recent study points to stroke survivors tending to have significantly greater care needs than elderly individuals who have not suffered a stroke.
Individuals vary considerably in what their care needs are in their elderly years. Some elderly individuals need the skilled nursing care that nursing homes can provide. Others, while not needing skilled nursing care, still have personal care needs that exceed their abilities to handle them on their own.
A nursing home stay is something that is in many people’s future. What happens in regards to nursing home care during a person’s elderly years can be very impactful. Now, a person doesn’t have to wait until they are in their elderly years or until they are sure they will in fact need nursing home care to make preparations regarding impactful nursing-home-care-related issues. Rather, they can engage in advanced planning on these issues, and such planning can prove very beneficial.
Trusts can be used for a range of different things in an estate plan. Whatever goal a trust is being aimed at, when setting up a trust, it can be critical to exercise proper care when picking who to name as trustee. The trustee administers the trust and manages the property put in it, and thus can play a very big role in how the trust ends up going and how well it serves its intended purposes.