Gayle Reeves' Blog

Watch Out for Scammers

Gayle A. Reeves - Monday, February 01, 2016

FINANCIAL ELDER ABUSE ...read more

Digital Assets

Gayle A. Reeves - Thursday, October 01, 2015

           If you are like a lot of people, you have moved much of your physical items to digital.  We no longer have a physical address book.  Everyone’s contact information is stored on our cell phone or computer.  Many businesses have encouraged you to stop receiving paper statements.  Now you access them online.  We don’t write checks, we pay bills on line.  We maintain online store accounts like ebay and woot.  We have digital media accounts through itunes to get our favorite songs and videos on our ipods.  We access books online and read, or listen, to them on our kindle or ipad.  We keep up with our family and friends using social media.  We even play our games using online profiles.  Photo albums have given way to storing our pictures on our computers or with online companies. ...read more

VA Benefits

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, August 04, 2015

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Hazards to Do It Yourself Documents

Gayle A. Reeves - Friday, May 01, 2015

The internet provides us with a wealth of useful and amazing information.But, as I always tell my son when he is using the internet to research a topic for his homework, you have to know your sources. Are you getting your information from someone’s blog or are you getting it from someone who is an expert in their field? This advice also applies to using legal forms from the internet. ...read more

Non Tax Reasons for Using Trusts

Gayle A. Reeves - Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Providing for the distribution of one’s property after death is not a task eagerly approached by anyone.  It is, however, a task we all should face.  A Will alone can leave property outright as you direct.  Only a trust, however, can own your property during your lifetime, hold it over time, and distribute it in the future upon the special conditions you instruct.  A trust is a powerful legal arrangement, whereby one person holds legal title to property and manages it for the benefit of another. Often, a trust can be revocable so that you can change it in the future. ...read more

Elder Law in Iceland

Gayle A. Reeves - Monday, December 01, 2014

ELDER LAW IN ICELAND ...read more

Do not be a Victim

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, November 04, 2014

              I recently attended a seminar on Financial Elder Abuse hosted by Serving Our Seniors in Erie County.  The presenters identified 5 main types of financial abuse and exploitation.  Contractor/Gypsy Fraud, Family Fraud, Scammers, Caregiver Fraud, and Nursing Home Fraud. ...read more

How to Have the Talk

Gayle A. Reeves - Wednesday, October 01, 2014

How To Have the Talk ...read more

Planning for Aging

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, September 02, 2014

We are all getting older.  It is an undeniable fact of life no matter how much we would like to think otherwise.  Everyone plans for a vacation, education for our children, and retirement.  But what about planning for aging?  Planning for aging simply means that we want to be certain that our wishes will be carried out in the event of deteriorating health, disability and death.  It also means that these wishes are communicated to our loved ones, so that they can make the “right” decision for us.  We can begin with some simple documents which I have previously discussed, such as the Healthcare Power of Attorney, Financial Power of Attorney and Will.  It is one thing to have these documents in place.  It is another thing to communicate our desires to the persons whom we have appointed to act on our behalf. ...read more

Planning for Long Term Care

Gayle A. Reeves - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

While no one I know has ever said I want to spend the rest of my life in a nursing home, few people actually take the time to plan for long-term care. This planning is important because a person age 65 or older has at least a 50% chance of dealing with a disability within their family. ...read more