Understanding capacity from a legal perspective

Every day, people leave this firm with documents in hand that leave another person in charge of their health care or finances or transfers title to their property to someone else on their death. While that’s an oversimplification of what occurs in any law office, whether the document is relatively simple or it took hundreds…

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Trouble driving at night? Could be cataracts!

By Karen Jarstad Evergreen Eye Center If you or a loved one is bothered by glare from oncoming car headlights at night (not just the Xenon blue ones – they make everyone squint), you could be having symptoms from the early stages of cataracts. Dr. John Jarstad, board certified ophthalmologist and chief eye surgeon for…

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Protecting your heir's digital inheritance

When I was a kid, my aunt worked at the only bank in my hometown. The classy décor included wood paneling, large windows and a quiet usually associated with libraries. In fact, that bank resembled Gringotts Wizarding Bank from Harry Potter fame (though not as large and unfortunately missing the fabulous underground passage containing the…

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Don't be late for your Medicare date

Is your 65th birthday on the horizon?  Do yourself a favor and do at least one thing for yourself…sign up for Medicare.  About 10,000 people a day become eligible for Medicare and if you are like many of them, you’re unclear about just exactly what that means but signing up late for Medicare will cost…

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Reduce chance of Alzheimer's by more than half

We’ve been taught for generations about the importance of putting good food into our bodies. When you were growing up you probably heard at least one adult say, “you are what you eat.”  Unbelievably, the expression didn’t come from some school lunch program.  One of the earliest examples occurred in 1826, when French lawyer and…

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Is long-term care insurance worth it?

In the ‘80s when my grandmother bought long-term care insurance everyone thought she was nuts.  Twenty years later, my grandmother’s policy which covered her for unlimited lifetime benefits (a type of policy no longer offered) became useful and continued to be useful for nearly ten years of care as she fought and ultimately lost a…

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