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Insurance one way to fund long-term care plans

With comprehensive medical advances, most Texas residents and others around the world are living longer. Life expectancies have continued to increase over the years. While this is certainly excellent news, there are still some challenges that come with an aging population. A major concern for older adults is long-term care and how their daily needs will be met in the future. A financial expert has offered some insight on one of the ways many people choose to fund their long-term care needs.

Long-term care costs just one of many expenses after retirement

Many Texas residents and others around the country are looking forward to their retirement years. Some may be anticipating the time when they get to finally relax, travel or take up a new hobby. Others may be excited about starting a new business venture or embarking on a second career. Regardless of what a person intends to do after he or she retires, there are many plans that must be made before leaving the workforce, including making decisions about long-term care.

Stan Lee: Estate planning should include protection from abuse

Stan Lee, a respected writer and creator of several iconic comic book characters, was revered by many Texas residents and others around the nation and the world. He recently passed away at the age of 95, with reports stating that he left an estate of over $50 million. Unfortunately, it was suspected that his estate had been targeted by some individuals who allegedly wanted control of his finances. As with many senior citizens, Lee's faculties had become impaired over the years. While his estate planning presumably focused on how his assets would be distributed after his passing, little direction was likely given on how to handle his decision-making if he had become unable to do so.

Review of beneficiaries is critical step in estate planning

Estate planning is a process that enables Texas residents and others around the nation to specify exactly how they would like to distribute their assets after they have passed away. A person's estate plan may consist of only a will or be more complex with different types of trusts involved. Regardless of its complexities, a basic step in any plan is naming beneficiaries. Experts stress the importance of making thorough and ongoing reviews to ensure that one's beneficiary designations are up to date in all documents included in an estate plan.

Understand options available for long-term care

Most Texas residents and others around the nation avoid thinking about the possibility of being physically or mentally incapable of caring for themselves one day. Unfortunately, this situation is the reality for many individuals, especially as they become older. While some people have made plans for future long-term care, the majority have not. Considering the different options and understanding the differences among the facilities available can be a worthwhile process.

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