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August is New Student Orientation Month

By Jayne M. Wesler, Esq.

 

Can you believe it?

Once again, the summer is flying by. It seems as if we were just oohing and aahing over fireworks, and now we’re staring the start of school right in the face.

In August, parents are faced with inventorying everything their kids need for the first day of school, items like:

  • School clothing
  • Undergarments
  • Shoes
  • Sneakers
  • Gym Clothing
  • Backpacks
  • Lunch boxes
  • Bus pass and pickup location
  • Teacher assignments
  • Notebooks
  • Pens
  • Calculator

I’m not wealthy — Why do I need an estate plan?

Don’t be fooled into thinking you need to have a fat bank account and a mansion house at the Shore to need a sound estate plan – the area of law that covers wills, trusts, and probate. How much money you have is only one factor out of many that you need to consider when planning for the future. If you already have an up-to-date will, that’s a good and necessary start. But in many cases, it will not cover all the bases that should be considered ahead of time to make things easier for your heirs if you die...

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June is National Safety Awareness Month – 8 Social Safety Awareness Strategies for Children with Special Needs

By Jayne M. Wesler, Esq.   Studies show that children with disabilities, particularly those with emotional or behavioral disabilities, have a significantly higher risk of injury than those with no disabilities. Children with special needs experience the same types of injuries as other children, but with more frequency. So, with the spotlight on safety this month, it’s especially important to ask what safety awareness means for children with special needs and to focus on how preventive measures can help lower the risk of injury for your child. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health assessed injuries among children in the...

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Why DIY Estate Planning Is a Really Bad Idea

The do-it-yourself approach may work for some jobs, but providing for your family after you’re gone is too important to risk making mistakes -- mistakes that could put your loved ones in the legal weeds just when they need the most support and ease of mind. Here are some top reasons NOT to be an estate plan “do-it-yourselfer”: • While internet sites can provide you with boilerplate documents, they do not reflect specifics of your financial and personal life and may be questioned or disputed later. • The requirements for a validly written document(s) vary from state to state. • A valid estate plan...

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