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September 2018

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How is your Estate Plan aging?

September is Healthy Aging Month and while your thoughts may turn to leafy green foods and more exercise, it's also the perfect time to make sure your Estate Plan is aging well. You may have seen to it that your Last Will & Testament was put in place.... twenty years ago! Maybe you took the time to designate a Healthcare Power of Attorney or someone to look after your finances....decades ago!

Not only do circumstances change, but life's situations can shift leaving your plan feeling old and outdated. Did you know that certain law changes can impact your documents as well? Don't let your estate plan gather dust like that long forgotten treadmill in the basement. Give new life to your plan with a complimentary consultation and ensure your estate plan is healthy! Check out these five life changes that can trigger an update to your plan <>

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The Medicaid Planning team at the Grunden Law Office in Fort Wayne understand many more families these days are facing the need for nursing or in-home care. The costs of long term care are going up and the financial hardship associated with this care is a very real concern. 

At the Grunden Law Office, our team walks families through the maze of Medicaid eligibility, penalties, lookback periods and tax implications.  We assist seniors and their families in navigating this complex area on a daily basis. In honor of Medicare Education Week and to learn more visit our
website  to download a complimentary copy of the Medicare & You 2018 e-manual.
What's news with us...
Recently we celebrated our college students who have spent their time working at the office! To prepare them as they head back to college, we updated their estate plans. Pictured below from left to right: Lexi Grunden (GLO team member attending Adrian College), Tyler Grunden (Summit CPA team member attending IUPUI), and Delaney Feipel (GLO team member attending IUPUI).
Graduating high-school seniors at or nearing 18 years of age, and college students, need powers of attorney in case of emergency. In order to have legal permission to make decisions for or on behalf of your adult child, parents need to consider three specific documents: a Living Will, Financial Power of Attorney, and a Healthcare Power of Attorney. Putting the right documents in place so that you can have the right to make important medical or financial decisions on your college student’s behalf will go a long way towards eliminating the stress that comes with sending your child off to college. In case you missed our blog post last month covering this topic  <>
GLO's gone to the dogs....
GLO team members are crazy over their canines! You've met the team, now meet the dogs behind the team! 

(Pictured clockwise from top left) Meet Lola, a ten-year-old Yorkshire Terrier/Pekingese Mix owned by GLO team member Delaney Feipel. Although Lola is constantly stealing your food and running away on her own dog adventures, her puppy cuddles make up for it! 

Jack and 
Lexy belong to Karri Duhaime. Jack is a 6 year old lab/chow mix. He’s fiercely loyal, intelligent, and his mom’s best friend. He cannot understand the concept of Christmas trees indoors and will pee on them with no remorse. Lexy is a 5-year-old pitbull/boxer mix. She’s a sweet little princess who practices the “if I fits I sits” concept by sitting on top of whoever and whatever she can.

Musha, owned and loved by Christie Browning, is a four-year-old Maltese/Terrier Mix. She is a ball of energy all the time! Don't let her cute
lil
' face distract you... she puts the terror in terrier! 

Nala is top dog who belongs to GLO's Attorney and Owner April Grunden. Nala is a 4-year-old Yorkie-poo who loves the wind in her face whether it’s cruising with the top down or putting her face in front of the vents in the dash to take in the air conditioning. 
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In case you missed it...
Do I Really Need an Advance Directive?
According to the Indiana State Department of Health, “advance directive” refers to your spoken and written instructions about your future medical care and treatment.” Much confusion exists about what happens if you do not have an advance directive either in a medical emergency or if you become mentally unable to make decisions. Check out our blog where we answer a few common questions and provide links to free advance directive forms.
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Create a Better Relationship with Your Elder Law Attorney!
As the senior community grows in number, the laws and regulations surrounding the legal issues impacting this demographic are getting more complex. That's why National Elder Law Month is important. This area of service can include a number of areas where an attorney can be of help.Check out our blog to see if Grunden Law Office can offer service to you in any of these areas and give us a call if you think we can help! 

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