With both humor and knowledge, a local attorney and estate planning specialist will address fundamentals of estate planning. Essentials: Estate planning is not just for the wealthy—or the old. Nearly everyone has an “estate,” consisting of everything you own: your car, home, other real estate, checking and savings accounts, investments, life insurance, furniture, and personal possessions. Regardless of the size of your “estate,” good planning lets you control how your assets are given to the people or organizations you care most about; sets up your heirs for success by passing on their inheritance in a way that helps them; helps you and your heirs pay substantially less in taxes, fees, and court costs; minimizes family strife; and makes it easier for your loved ones to handle your affairs during a time of loss. Prepare for Long Term Care: As we get older, many of us wrestle with important questions: Do I want to age in place or move to a new living environment? What will my health needs require? What can I afford? This class will focus on leveraging your assets to provide for your best possible care, while also protecting assets for children or other heirs. Learn about various long-term care planning strategies and the pros and cons of each. This discussion will include the eligibility rules of the MassHealth program and asset protection strategies available to those engaging in advance or last-minute planning. Please note: The date for this class is now Monday, 5/23.