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Google Health

Google Health

Google Health allows you to store and manage all of your health information in one central place. And it’s completely free. This will enable you and your family to access your health information centrally and securely. It’s definitely worth checking out.

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High Cost of Funerals

High Cost of Funerals

Did you know that according to the National Funeral Director’s Association a funeral costs more than $7000 and that doesn’t include a cemetery plot, the burial costs, a grave marker or tombstone or flowers? Be prepared and consider pre-planning whether pre-paid or otherwise. This will save your family the time as well as the pressure […]

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Virginia Medical Directives and Health Care Decisions

Virginia Medical Directives and Health Care Decisions

VIRGINIA: New Law Effective July 1, 2009 Advance Medical Directives and Health Care Decisions Act Revisions; Senate Bill 1142 was signed into and became effective July 1, 2009. It makes significant changes to the Health Care Decisions Act and options available under Advance Medical Directives. Your current medical directive IS STILL VALID however you may […]

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National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day

April 16, 2009 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. The goal of this day is that by April 16th we will all talk to our loved ones about our deaths. National Healthcare Decisions Day, which is in its second year, is a collaborative effort of national, state, and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults […]

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Seniors to receive stimulus payment

Seniors to receive stimulus payment

If you collect Social Security or disability benefits, you will receive a one-time, $250 payment. The payments will start being sent in May. You don’t have to do anything to receive the payment. The payments will be sent separately from your regular Social Security payments. Source: CNN Political Ticker

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Only the Deceased’s Estate Has to Pay the Debts

Only the Deceased’s Estate Has to Pay the Debts

As reported today in the New York Times, collectors will call a decedent’s family and convince them to pay the deceased’s credit card bills, utility bills or any other debt they had when they died. They don’t really tell you however, that you are not responsible for the debt, the deceased’s estate is. I have […]

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Is your business ready for avian flu?

Is your business ready for avian flu?

As a business owner, or as an employee of a business, do you know how your company will deal with an avian flu pandemic? Will you or your employer have a role in promoting quarantine effectiveness or preventative hygiene? Contact me for free information to assist you in insuring your business is ready (VA, WV, […]

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In Memory: W. Reed Quilliam, Jr.

In Memory: W. Reed Quilliam, Jr.

An “in memoriam” for W. Reed Quilliam, Jr. was in the December 2008 issue of The Texas Bar Journal. Reed Quilliam was a law professor of mine when I attended law school from 1983 to 1986. Professor Quilliam was, without a doubt, the number one reason I practice estate planning. He took a subject that, […]

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