Letter from the Editor

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By  Margaret Salzer Pierre, SD

I would like to address anyone who is making their end-of-life arrangements. Do not put only one child’s name on any legal documents or your power of attorney. I made this mistake and it ended up being a costly one. We all want to think that our children have our best interests at heart, but unfortunately that isn’t always the case. Be careful about signing everything they tell you to without having someone else read it over. I learned this the hard way when my son depleted my savings and then sent me packing. We hear about scams against seniors daily in the news, but we don’t expect it to be our own family that takes advantage. As we age, we can’t let our guard down. Have an attorney, relative, and/ or trusted friend read all documents before signing them, and whenever possible, put more than one person in charge of your estate and your care. This situation has caused an irreparable rift in our family; don’t let it happen to yours.

 

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