Every year, elderly Americans are victims of financial abuse and fraud. This mistreatment comes from international scammers, unscrupulous businesses here in the U.S. and even the care providers and loved ones closest to the victim.
Experts say that the life expectancy of the average person is rising, with many saying that people will soon regularly live to be 100 years old. This means that many families will need to be prepared for the financial demands of longer lives. Unfortunately, senior citizens in Colorado often fall prey to both strangers and relatives who want to financially exploit them, which can seriously damage their assets. There are ways for people to protect themselves, and that includes comprehensive financial planning.
Older adults face many difficulties that younger people do not. For some, the physical and mental decline that can come with old age may make it difficult to enjoy activities that they did previously. For other adults, those declines can be dangerous to their well-being. Older people in Colorado and across the country are often targeted by scammers hoping to make money off of those who may not fully understand how best to protect themselves. However, a recent study found that financial elder abuse is more likely to be perpetrated by people that a senior citizen knows, including members of the senior's own family.
Growing older is a fact of life. Whether you live here in Colorado or elsewhere, as you age, you could become a target for someone who believes you are vulnerable. One form of abuse many older people suffer is financial abuse. Elder law is designed to help protect you from these types of people.
Approaching the latter part of one's life is not a particularly pleasant thing to consider, but it is important to determine certain aspects in advance. This can include how assets will be left to beneficiaries under a will, or how one wants his or her end of life medical care managed with durable powers of attorney. One point many people here in Colorado and around the country fail to think of is how to pay for long-term care. Allocating certain finances to cover the cost of a nursing home or other facility is an essential part of life care planning.
The Colorado couple did their homework, decided that an A/B trust was the appropriate option for their circumstances and the plan was put in place. But, then life happened. One of the spouses died and the surviving spouse wants to alter beneficiaries of the trust. Due to the nature of this type of trust, there are limits as to what can be done; the individual will want to work closely with an elder law attorney to determine the appropriate course of action.
Raising a family and planning for its future can be a daunting task even in the best of circumstances. But for those Colorado families faced with the additional challenge of a special needs family member, this task is often magnified. In this case, special needs planning is a critical component of estate planning for the family's future.
Whether they live here in Colorado or somewhere else in the country, it is never too late for older couples to prepare for the future. Financial planning is a vital part of preparing for a surviving spouse's future. This will help the one left behind maintain an adequate standard of living.
Taking care of their loved ones and protecting their assets are primary goals established by many Colorado families. In most cases, the traditional approach of saving for the future, making careful investments and structuring their estate plan in an effort to achieve these goals is the key. However, due to extenuating circumstances, some families discover the critical need for special needs planning in addition to the other more traditional forms of estate planning.
Children are a gift. Yet, like most gifts, there are costs involved. When the child in question is a special needs child, the Colorado parent typically discovers that there are additional steps that must be taken in order to ensure that this child is properly cared for in case the parent is no longer able to do so. Special needs planning can play an important role in giving the parents the assurance they need, and the child the security he or she needs, just in case.