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MSU Extension: Gift While Alive or After Death?

This is a series of articles focusing on estate and legacy planning. The authors are Kaleena Miller, MSU Extension Madison-Jefferson County Agent, kaleena.miller1@montana.edu, and Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist,...

 

MSU Extension Offers Information for Caregivers of Those With Memory Loss

Montana State University Extension has partnered with the Montana Alzheimer's Work Group, the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Alzheimer's Association-Montana Chapter and AARP Montana to offer Montana-specific information for...

 

Open a Medical Care Savings Account Before December 31

Montana State University Extension is reminding Montanans to open a Medical Care Savings Account or make deposits into their accounts before Dec. 31 to save money on Montana income taxes. An MSA is an account used to reduce the cost of saving for...

 

MSU Extension: Gifting a Living Legacy

This is a series of articles focusing on estate and legacy planning. Authors are Kaleena Miller, Madison-Jefferson County Extension Agent, kaleena.miller1@montana.edu and Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist,...

 

MSU Extension: What You Need to Know About Cremation

According to a report from the National Funeral Directors Association, Montana’s cremation rate is well above the national average of 58 percent. In 2021, 79 percent of people who died in the state were cremated. To address the rise in interest...

 

MSU Extension: Exploring Montana Body Donation Program

This is a series of articles focusing on estate and legacy planning. Authors are Kaleena Miller, MSU Extension Madison-Jefferson County Agent, kaleena.miller1@montana.edu and Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist,...

 

MSU Extension Office: Provider Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment

This is a series of articles focusing on estate and legacy planning. Authors are Kaleena Miller, MSU Extension Madison-Jefferson County Agent, kaleena.miller1@montana.edu, and Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist,...

 

MSU Extension: Exploring Montana Body Donation Program

For the last 41 years, Montanans have donated their bodies to the Montana Body Donation Program (MBDP). Some Montanans are motivated by the desire to make a contribution to medical education. Others donate because they want to recognize the value...

 

Extension Office: Discussing Testamentary Trusts

This is part of monthly series of articles focusing on estate and legacy planning. Authors are Kaleena Miller, Madison-Jefferson County Extension Agent, kaleena.miller1@montana.edu, and Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist,...

 

Extension Office: What Are Your Rights Over Your Remains?

This is the second in a series of 2022 articles focusing on estate and legacy planning. Authors are Kaleena Miller, MSU Extension Madison-Jefferson County Agent, kaleena.miller1@montana.edu and Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics...

 

Extension Office: Accessing a Deceased Person's Financial Accounts

When a Montana resident dies, state law provides a process for deciding who is legally entitled to inherit financial accounts the deceased had with banks, credit unions or other entities such as brokerage firms. Montana property and contract laws,...

 

Extension Office: MSU Extension Suggests a Financial Power of Attorney

What if you were in an accident and were in intensive care for several weeks? What if you got COVID-19 and spent time in the hospital? Who would manage your finances while you were getting well? Who would protect the assets you have worked so hard...

 

Extension Office News: Living Trusts as An Estate Planning Tool

Trusts gained more attention during the COVID-19 pandemic as a tool to manage financial affairs, according to Montana State University Extension educators. But a trust may not be the right choice for everyone. Individuals should learn the pros and...

 

Whose Name is on Your Assets?

Montana State University educators say it is important for people to understand how they title property impacts who receives it upon their death. Whose name is on the deed for your home? Is it held in Joint with right of survivorship or as a tenancy...

 

Who Get's Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate and Grandpa's Watch?

This is the fourth in a series of articles focusing on estate and legacy planning. After a person’s death, the matter of dividing up their personal belongings can become a complicated matter. Just imagine going into the home of someone who has...

 

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