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Richard Barid, JD

Richard Barid is co-founder of Savannah-based Smith Barid LLC, which specializes in estate planning, special needs planning and veteran benefits planning. He is an accredited VA attorney with extensive experience arbitrating denied pension claims.  He can be reached at 912-352-3999 or richard@smithbarid.com 

We love our children and we want what’s best for them, but most of us neglect to plan for what will happen to them if something happens to us. Read more

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When most people think of estate planning, they think of wills. A will sets out who you are, who will be in charge of settling your estate when you pass away, and how you want your assets distributed. It also establishes a guardian for minor childre Read more

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For most parents, the job of raising a child ends when the child turns 18. When your child has special needs, however, your caregiving role lasts a lifetime. Read more

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In a culture fixated on youth and beauty, death is often a taboo topic. Read more

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More than 40 million people in the United States serve as unpaid caregivers, usually for an aging parent or a grandparent. Not only do they lack compensation, but they spend on average one-fifth of their income on caregiving expenses, according to Read more

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The Veterans Administration (VA) recently approved regulation changes that will make it more difficult for aging veterans to pay for long-term care. Read more

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The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act allows people who are diagnosed with a disability before the age of 26 to save for quality of life purchases without affecting their qualification for social security benefits (SSI) or Medicaid. Read more

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One of the biggest worries for parents of children with special needs is what will happen when the parents are gone. Who will care for their children and will they have enough money, not just to survive but to enjoy life? Read more

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If you suffered a stroke today and lost the ability to speak, would your spouse, children or parents have the legal authority to take care of you medically or financially? Read more

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