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Holiday Presents

Every year we think of gifts to give our children or grandchildren during the holiday season. Your children or grandchildren may already have many of today's coolest gifts, ear buds, beats, iWatch, sunglasses or even a Canada Goose jacket. What to do, what to do???

"Giving Tuesday" and Charitable Donations

Holiday time 2018 is upon us and, in addition to the gifts we'll give to family and friends, it's also a time to think about charitable giving. A 'Charitable Donation' is a gift made by an individual or an organization to a nonprofit organization, charity or private foundation. Charitable donations are usually in the form of cash, but can also be real estate, motor vehicles, appreciated securities, clothing and other assets or services.

Don't Make This Mistake!

As you probably know, the "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin passed away on August 16 after a long bout with pancreatic cancer. The singer, a mother of four, never made an estate plan, leaving her "intestate," which means died without a will. Now her four children, including a son with special needs, will have to go to court to have her estate probated and these matters will no longer be kept private. Additionally, according to her state's law, when a person dies without a Last Will and Testament the assets of an unmarried mother are divided equally among her children.

ENSURING YOUR PET'S CONTINUED CARE

Every day, you do your best to ensure that your pet is well-cared for and loved. You feed your dog nutritious food, give her an occasional treat, take him on long walks and cuddle with your fur-baby at night. Your cat also eats the best food and gets treats. You may even dance string in front of her. But have you ever taken the time to consider what will happen to your pet if something should happen to you?

We Make House Calls

Many of us are too young to remember the days of the doctor's house call. In the 'good old days,' if you were too sick or too injured to travel, your physician would come to your home for a check-up and provide a diagnosis and a prescription right then and there. At Vinsko & Associates, we believe in the house-call. In times of illness, injury or emergency, we will come to your home or the hospital to help you with your legal needs.

#givingtuesday

If you don't know, today is "Giving Tuesday," part of a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. On Giving Tuesday (or any day), individuals and organizations can make charitable donations, gifts to a nonprofit organization, charity or private foundation. This time of year where we show our gratitude for our friends and family with gifts and celebrations is a perfect time to make a donation. In fact, this season is the busiest time for charitable giving with 31% of donations made in the month of December, according to Charity Navigator.

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