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  • National Healthcare Decision Day – Even Young People Have Accidents and Unexpected Illnesses

    National Healthcare Decision Day – Even Young People Have Accidents and Unexpected Illnesses Estate planning is for rich old people, right? Wrong! (I mean, we get it but you’re still wrong.) Everyone over 18 needs some level of estate planning. That magical age when your parents are no longer allowed to make your doctor appointments or handle your savings account for you because you’re legally ...
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  • If we can humanely euthanize our pets, why can’t we do it for ourselves?

    If we can humanely euthanize our pets, why can’t we do it for ourselves? CA passed a death with dignity bill as of 2015 called the California End of Life Option Act. Every client who wants to be able to end their life should they get dementia learns of the limitations of this Act, namely, you must have mental capacity and be expected to die within 6 months in order for it to work. Until our laws ...
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  • Women's History Month: Make Your Own Legacy

    An Advance Health Care Directive, like other estate planning documents, is like Imodium: by the time you need one, it’s already too late to run out and get it. Planning for the unexpected (and sometimes unpleasant) is important! As women, we are all too often called upon to be the ones to plan ahead. Why should what happens to us when we are no longer able to care for ourselves or after we leave ...
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  • A "Happi" Hospice Story

    We have been following LA Times writer, Steve Lopez as he journals his encounter and research through the hospice system. Last week we posted about his regrets with the hospice care his mother, Grace received in her final days. Both that experience and this uplifting story serve as a good reminder to plan ahead for aging loved ones before it is too late. Know your resources and what may be ...
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  • To Grace Lopez with love — and apologies that your end wasn’t better - by Steve Lopez

    "In our rapidly aging country, more than a million older Americans receive hospice care each year. It’s covered by Medicare, and hospitals often recommend it when they know death is near and have nothing left to offer. In retrospect, we could have done some advance research, but like a lot of families, we hadn’t and so had to scramble, making quick decisions at a time we were already overwhelmed ...
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  • RIP Luke Perry

    Rest in Peace Luke Perry. WAKE UP GEN X. Planning for the inevitable isn't just for your Grandparents. https://www.today.com/health/luke-perry-s-death-generation-x-s-wake-call-t149917
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  • When Grandma falls... is it the beginning of the end?

    When Grandma falls… is it the beginning of the end? Did you know that according to studies, 25% of seniors who fall and break a hip typically pass away within 6 months? This is a shocking but true statistic. We don’t like to think of our incapacity or death, but when something as simple as a slip can become fatal, it’s vital for you and your family to have an up-to-date estate plan in place. A ...
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  • Estate Planning for Blended Families

    Estate Planning for Blended Families Blog Making an estate plan can be complicated. Now imagine a blended family – think Brady Bunch – making an estate plan. This means double the trouble, more opinions than necessary – add a smidge of hurt feelings, a dash of pride, a boatload of drama and voila! The perfect recipe for disaster! But… it doesn’t have to be this way. Discover the common problems ...
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  • The Power of Smiling

    Check out this amazing TED Talk: The hidden power of smiling
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  • May is Older Americans Month - Do you Know About POLST?

    POLST stands for Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment and has replaced a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate). The POLST was developed to improve the quality of care by creating a system that clearly and effectively identifies patients’ wishes. It helps give seriously ill patients more control over their end-of-life treatment. It’s printed on double-sided hot pink paper, and follows the patient from ...
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  • Ensure Your Family Has Access to Your Accounts

    Imagine what it would be like if you had to find all of the account numbers, passwords and important documents for a loved one without any clues? How long would that take you? How stressful would that be? What if you couldn’t figure it out? “When people are under emotional stress that’s out of control, having one designated place containing a list of the essential documents and contact information ...
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  • What's Buried in the Back of Your Medicine and File Cabinets?

    Disaster planning – for earthquakes, fires and floods – is important, but planning for your medical emergencies should be at the top of your list! While today everything might be okay, what happens if you get in an accident, have a medical emergency or become incapacitated? In addition to EVERYONE over 18 having an Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD), we should all get our medications and medical ...
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  • National Preparedness Month

    Did you know September is National Preparedness Month? In California, we don’t really worry about tornadoes, blizzards, and hurricanes, but earthquakes can occur at any moment. Not to mention, the Santa Ana winds in the fall (and even winter) can create near perfect fire conditions. It is extremely important to make sure you and your family are prepared in case of a natural disaster! Although ...
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  • Filial Piety

    Be good to one’s parents. This is a Chinese tradition from which Americans should learn. In America,1 in 5 elders over the age of 80 are put into a nursing home. Sadly, many families are too busy to visit them or assume because they have dementia, they do not realize or remember that they are alone. As a society, we should alter this behavior and perception. Our elders cared for us, worked hard in ...
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  • Rebecca Goldfarb Has Been Chosen as a Rising Star

    Goldfarb & Luu is proud and pleased to announce that Rebecca Goldfarb has been recognized as a Rising Star for 2013 by The New York Times & Los Angeles Magazine, Super Lawyers! The Los Angeles magazine recognizes individual top attorneys in Southern California, but in the case of our firm, an honor given to one is an honor deserved by all, especially co-founding partner Dinh Luu. At Goldfarb & ...
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