More than half of the people who die, leave this earth without a will. Even when they do the estate planning, squabbles, usually among the adult children, break out.
The Washington Post shared the story Family of former mayor Tony Williams in probate court over mother’s will. They are fighting over stuff. They aren’t unusual. In the past decade the probate court (that deals with distribution of assets for people that die*) has become one of D.C. Superior Court’s busiest divisions. They have nearly doubled the staffing to deal with the growing number of cases making it to probate court.
Seniors have to deal with two issues unique to their population when undertaking home improvement or repair. Here’s what they are, and how to deal with them.
(1) Seniors are targeted by scamming “contractors” in larger numbers than any other population.
(2) Today’s seniors are often healthy enough to stay in their homes as they age as long as they make few modifications to allow for greater mobility, ease of day-to-day life and safety. Examples include wider doorways to accommodate wheel chairs and walkers, a caregiver suite, or grab bars near the tub. These projects need to be done correctly to ensure safety and maximum utility (no one wants that grab bar to fall out of the wall when they really need it!) Continue reading →