August 2019 News
Information Seminars - Autumn 2019
Because many of our clients ask general questions about estate planning subjects, and because these topics can be overwhelming and confusing, we are offering free information seminars to existing clients and the general public. We will cover a variety of topics, including estate planning, probate and trust administration, Life Care Planning, special needs trusts, and guardianships/conservatorships. 

There is no cost or other obligation for attending, but we do ask that you call in advance for a reservation so that sufficient seating will be available. Please call 757-969-1900 to register. We look forward to seeing you soon!


September

Basic Estate Planning Principles
Meredith Maust and Catherine Sears
September 4th /1:00-2:00 p.m.           

Life Care Planning-What Is It?
Catherine Sears
September 10th /10:00-11:00 a.m.

Estate and Trust Administration-
What Happens When I Die?
Helena Mock and Meredith Maust
September 19th/3:00-4:00 p.m.

Medicaid Planning & Asset Protection
Catherine Sears
September 25th/10:00-11:00 a.m.

Planning with a Special Needs Beneficiary
Helena Mock
September 30th/4:00-5:00 p.m.

October

Guardianships and Conservatorships in Virginia
Meredith Maust
October 8th/1:00-2:00 p.m.

Basic Estate Planning Principles
Meredith Maust and Catherine Sears
October 17th /10:00-11:00 a.m.  

Estate and Trust Administration-
What Happens When I Die?
Helena Mock and Meredith Maust
October 23rd/1:00-2:00 p.m.

Life Care Planning-What Is It?
Catherine Sears
October 28th /1:00-2:00 p.m.

November

Medicaid Planning & Asset Protection
Catherine Sears
November 5th/3:00-4:00 p.m.

Guardianships and Conservatorships in Virginia
Meredith Maust
November 13th/1:00-2:00 p.m.

Basic Estate Planning Principles
Meredith Maust and Catherine Sears
November 19th /10:00-11:00 a.m.  

Life Care Planning - What Is It?
Catherine Sears
November 25th/2:00-3:00 p.m.

Dates and times are subject to change.
    Please call the office to register and/or confirm.
Google Home Devices: Not Just For Millennials

It's hard to keep up with technology as fast as it is changing. Long gone are landline phones and writing a letter to a friend by hand. Seniors aren't the only ones who struggle to stay up to date with the latest trends. However, as technology gets better, it can make day-to-day tasks easier for those of every age.

For example, Google Home is a voice-activated daily assistant that can control devices around the house, make calls, provide entertainment, and answer over 100 million unique questions. You can link it to the TV, radio, thermostat and more by installing a compatible device and activating connections on your phone’s Home app. This virtual helper responds to voice commands, which means that someone with limited vision or reduced finger dexterity can easily use it. It offers seniors a way to find more independence by setting up daily reminders for important things like remembering to take medication or feed the dog, and can even assist with contacting family members in a time of crisis.

To find out more about how Google Home can help you or your family members, check out the full article here.
Monthly Mind Game
AARP Brain Games
AARP is a well-known nonprofit organization with a mission to help people ages 50 and over improve the quality of their lives. This is reflected in the games they offer. Word games such as "The Right Word" and "Split Words" are popular favorites for those who like word games. AARP also offers a selection of strategy games and brain teasers to get you thinking, and if you like to socialize they also offer group games that allow you to play with or against others.... Click here  to try out a number of different games and decide which ones you want to play this month.
Recipe of the Month
End of Summer Fruit Tart
It's hard to believe summer is almost over! With so many fruits in season this time of year, the recipe of the month is perfect for your end of summer parties and cookouts! Click here for the recipe! Thirsty? Try these End of Summer Cocktails !
In case you missed it...
Medical Alert Systems and Seniors
Aging is a part of life for all of us. With the aging process comes challenges and safety issues that we sometimes don't want to think about. As technology continues to advance, seniors in 2019 have many options to help bring peace of mind not only to themselves, but also to their family and loved ones.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , one out of every four older adults falls every year. One out of five of those falls are considered serious, which means that they result in an injury such as head trauma or a fractured bone. Seniors who have experienced one fall are twice as likely as the general senior population to fall again. Therefore, if you or a loved one is at risk for falling, it is important to have a plan in place that can quickly alert others that you are in need of assistance.

There are numerous home medical alert systems in existence that provide this service. Recently, Caring.com published a list comparing a variety of these alert systems to educate the public on differences in services, price, and quality. Click here for the full list, and remember to schedule a Life Care Planning consultation with our office to discuss more creative ways of helping you age in place in your own home!

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Sincerely,
 
Helena S. Mock, Esq.

THE PENINSULA CENTER
FOR ESTATE AND LIFELONG PLANNING 
461 McLaws Circle, Suite 2
Williamsburg, VA 23185 
Phone: 757-969-1900