September 16, 2020

What Happens If You Don’t Probate a Will?

If you've been appointed as executor of someone's estate, you're tasked with filing the will and opening a probate case when that individual passes away. But what happens if you do not probate a will? Perhaps you've changed your mind about serving as executor or you simply have other, more pressing ...
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July 15, 2020

End-of-Life Planning: 2020 Checklist ,

The end-of-life plan is your time to establish your legacy and shoulder the burden of difficult decisions -- so your loved ones won't have to. Those decisions involve your health care, your financial assets and liabilities, your funeral arrangements, and, the culmination of these, your overall estat...
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June 29, 2020

What is Better: A Will or a Trust?

What's the greatest legacy you can leave behind? Some would argue that it's a solid estate plan. Designating your beneficiaries in a will or a living trust could be the final gift that's most appreciated by your heirs. If you cast your last farewell without any property transfer instructions, your e...
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June 24, 2020

How to Get Power of Attorney for Elderly Parents

You might remember your folks helping you open your first bank account and write your first check. And while that was a long time ago, you may not be ready for those roles to reverse, with you taking the financial lead for your parents. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon that a parent would need an ad...
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May 19, 2020

What is a Health Care Proxy?

Your vision for your senior years might involve sunny mornings on the golf course, bridge parties with friends, and relaxing walks through nature. And while you should seek out those carefree activities, recent economic events remind us that it's important to keep an eye on the practical matters, to...
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April 20, 2020

4 Ways Filial Responsibility Laws Can Affect You

Your folks clothed you, bandaged your skinned knees, and fed you dinner for years. And now, it may be time to return the favor, figuratively anyway. Did you know that some states make it your legal responsibility to support your parents financially? It's true, and without some proactive planning, yo...
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April 6, 2020

Do I Need an Elder Law Attorney?

You wouldn't hire an accountant to fix your car, or a mechanic to prepare your tax returns. By the same token, a general practice attorney isn't the best choice for legal matters involving the seniors in your life. The better choice is an elder law attorney, who specializes in legal issues that aris...
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