How to deal with a deceased loved one’s debt collectors

submitted by E. Garrett Gummer, III, Esquire, and Maureen L. Anderson, Esquire, www.GummerElderLaw.com

The last thing anyone wants after a death in the family is calls from debt collectors. So it’s important to know what a person’s creditors can (and cannot) legally do, and how to protect yourself and your family from improper or deceptive practices.

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How to deal with a deceased loved one’s debt collectors

submitted by E. Garrett Gummer, III, Esquire, and Maureen L. Anderson, Esquire, www.GummerElderLaw.com

The last thing anyone wants after a death in the family is calls from debt collectors. So it’s important to know what a person’s creditors can (and cannot) legally do, and how to protect yourself and your family from improper or deceptive practices.

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The Funeral.com era

submitted by Jason “Oz” Oszczakiewicz, Owner/Supervisor, Varcoe-Thomas Funeral Home of Doylestown, Inc.

Today, many people utilize the Internet to buy different products and services, to acquire information and to seek answers to questions. Though it is a valuable and vast resource the information is not always correct, nor reliable, and at its worst, websites may take advantage of people. Sadly, this practice can apply to a funeral site as easily as any other that offers products and services and at a family’s most vulnerable time, when a death has just occurred.

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What shingle is the right shingle for my roof?

submitted by Gary Selleck, owner, C and C Family Roofing

When it’s time to have your roof replaced, there is frequently confusion with all the material types and components. You can get lost in the details and find it intimidating to ask questions for fear of taking too much of the salesman’s time or looking foolish. How do you choose a roof shingle without breaking the bank?

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Sandwich time in the spring!

submitted by Baci Ristorante Italiano

Ingredients:

Chicken breasts pounded flat

Olive oil

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What to do if Medicare refuses to pay for your treatment

submitted by Garrett E. Gummer, III, Esquire and Maureen L. Anderson, Esquire, www.GummerElderLaw.com

Sometimes Medicare will decide that a particular treatment or service isn’t covered and will deny your claim. The good news is that if you believe you should have been paid, you can appeal.

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Funeral etiquette options

submitted by Jason “Oz” Oszczakiewicz, Owner/Supervisor, Varcoe-Thomas Funeral Home of Doylestown, Inc.

When it comes to funerals, weddings, births and other events that occur in our lives, we tend to take pause to remind ourselves of proper etiquette when offering our support toward a loved one, friend, co-worker or family member. This is an especially sensitive time in the event of a funeral.

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Divorce Q & A

submitted by Carla V. Risoldi, LLC, risoldilawoffices.com

Q. I pay child support through the court system. I recently changed jobs and make more money due to overtime. What are my obligations?

A. If you look at your support order, there is language requiring you to advise the court of any changes in your income. Also, all income counts, including overtime income. It is your obligation to contact the domestic relations section in the county where your order is entered and advise them of your new job and income. They will most likely schedule the matter for a conference to determine how the new income will affect the support that you owe. At the new conference, a calculation will be made to determine your new obligations. You should always bring an attorney to these conferences as there is much more involved than just plugging numbers into the support guidelines.

This is for general purposes only. You should always consult with an attorney before making any important legal decisions or signing any legal document.

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Scallops Provencale

submitted by Baci Ristorante Italiano

2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound large sea scallops, patted dry

2 garlic cloves, sliced thin

1 tomato, diced

1/8 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled

1/4 cup shredded fresh basil leaves

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How to manage someone else’s money

submitted by E. Garrett Gummer, III, Esquire, and Maureen L. Anderson, Esquire, www.GummerElderLaw.com

Have you been officially asked to manage someone else’s money?  For example, have you been named an agent under a power of attorney, or a trustee of a trust?

As our society ages, more and more people are being asked to take on these roles, but they can be daunting. In order to help, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has published four free guides, under the general title Managing Someone Else’s Money. The guides are designed for (1) agents under a power of attorney, (2) court-appointed guardians and conservators, (3) trustees of a living trust, and (4) people appointed to manage someone else’s government benefit checks.

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