Gayle Reeves' Blog

Watch Out for Scammers

Gayle A. Reeves - Monday, February 01, 2016


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. more

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. more

It Should Not Be Kept a Secret

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Last month I wrote about the need to put an estate plan in place.  As a follow-up to that, I want to discuss the information you should make available to the people you are going to depend on to carry out your plan.  This is the best time of year to review your financial and estate plan.  All of the income tax information is coming and it is easy to determine what you have, its current value, and how it is titled.  With all of this information being so handy it is the perfect time to put together a summary of your financial information.  Why is this summary so important?  It is important so that the person who takes over if you become incompetent, or when you die, knows what you have and can find it.  Ever wonder where the unclaimed funds come from?  Much of it is from bank accounts that no one knew existed. more

If Not Now When

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, February 03, 2015 more

Elder Law in Iceland

Gayle A. Reeves - Monday, December 01, 2014


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. 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. more


Gayle A. Reeves - Friday, October 30, 2009

Alzheimer's is a terrible, progressive disease that affects one's ability to make decisions regarding personal care and financial matters. This loss of mental abilities affects how a person conducts their daily life. more

General Durable Power of Attorney

Gayle A. Reeves - Sunday, April 19, 2009

Who will take care of my affairs if I can't? How will my bills get paid if I'm in the hospital? If you are asking yourself these questions there is a simple procedure available to put your mind at ease. more