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Powers of Attorney Explained

Power of Attorney (POA) documents are an essential part of estate planning.  All states recognize powers of attorney, but rules and requirements will differ from state to state. The document gives one or more individuals the legal authority to act…

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Penalties and Gifts Associated with Medicaid

Low-income seniors with limited assets and income can obtain healthcare and long-term care through Medicaid, a federal/state program. Many seniors believe their only option to qualify for the program is to “spend down” their assets. While this is true in…

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Avoiding Probate Litigation

It is common for disputes over guardianships and conservatorships, wills and trusts, and family real estate to arise as part of probate litigation. The most successful approach to mitigating or avoiding probate litigation risk is careful planning. Comprehensive estate plans…

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Should Inheritances for Children be Equal?

Children should be divided assets equally in many situations. Yet, in some families, each child receiving the same inheritance can be inappropriate, deplete the estate’s assets due to ensuing litigation, or cause other family issues after you are gone. While the…

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The Increasing Cost of Senior Living

In America, long-term support services are in high demand. Costs are extremely high, regardless of whether you struggle to pay long-term care insurance premiums or monthly nursing home bills. The US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) finds that Americans…

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Estate Planning with Life Insurance

A grieving loved one should not inherit assets only to discover that they cannot be accessed for cash expenditures they will be responsible for after you die.  Most retirees’ assets are in homeownership and retirement accounts, requiring a sale to…

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Building Your Estate Plan to Eliminate Conflict

Children, including minors and adults, may disagree about family circumstances, especially when it comes to inheriting your estate. Relationships can change and intensify when you die, with underlying issues that bubble to the surface, creating tensions over your estate and possibly…

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Risks Involved with DIY Wills

You can name a personal representative (executor) in your will to carry out your wishes after you pass away. When your will is properly filled out, it will address who will inherit your assets and properties.  In addition to asset…

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Estate Planning and Elder Law

Although elder law and estate planning are often used interchangeably, there are significant differences between them. To prepare for successful aging and preserve a family legacy, it is important to learn and apply strategies from both types of law practice.…

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