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A living trust can become a problem, if it isn’t created with good advice. A living trust needs careful preparation or an estate may face probate, according to the Napa Valley Register in "Avoid this living trust problem." The problem can result from people buying living trusts through non-attorney trust... Continue reading
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Many of the problems that arise in managing an estate can be avoided by careful planning. Some of the friction within the family and difficulties in dealing with an estate can go more smoothly, if you know a few things about estate planning and your goals, according to The Register-Guard... Continue reading
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A trust can solve a lot of problems, if you are the primary provider and pass away. A good way to make sure your family gets the money they need to meet bills and expenses after you are gone, is to avoid probate, according to The New York Times in... Continue reading
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A will written years ago may not fit with the current laws of your state if changes have been made. Whether an estate plan is a good one depends on state laws that may be changed, so it is a good idea to take a fresh look at your plan,... Continue reading
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There are many, many reasons why people need an estate plan. There are so many reasons why people need a will, that in all likelihood everyone needs one, according to The Bellingham Herald in "Here are seven reasons you want to protect your family with a last will and testament."... Continue reading
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Even if you don’t live close to elderly parents you can be of help. In our everchanging society, it is quite possible that children will move far away from their parents. However, that does not mean children who do not live close cannot be of service in caring for their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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Preparing for the tax season is also a good way to organize an estate plan. Since you have to get all of your financial information for the year sorted out and digested at tax time, you can also benefit from your organizing effort by creating an estate plan, according to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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You have Social Security and Medicare but what’s next? It might be tempting to stop planning after retirement. However, there is still some planning left to do, according to the Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog in "Post-Retirement Planning: A Checklist for Seniors." Retirees need to plan for emergencies and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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New Hampshire may put elder abuse cases on the fast track. While suspected elder abuse is being investigated and going through the legal system, the abuse can continue. However, some New Hampshire legislators are working on solving the problem, according to Seacoast Online in "House bill would help elder victims... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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Much depends on the state laws and the family situation when it comes to estate planning. When parents become estranged from their children, they need to know how to handle those children in their estate plans. An example was published recently when a woman wrote to the Napa Valley Register... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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It is not the wealthy singles who are most in need of an estate plan. Most people think protecting their children is more important than money. That's why parents with minor children have more reasons to plan their estates than wealthy single people, according to Volume One in "When There's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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The idea has only been science fiction so far. However, that may change in the future. The reproduction of things learned after birth is not likely anytime soon, so an almost identical human genetic clone might be far off. Recent information that Barbra Streisand has had one of her dogs... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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If a spouse passes away unexpectedly, the financial challenges can make the situation even worse. If a spouse passes away and they were the one who handled the finances, the widow or widower may face an additional challenge. However, they should not let financial issues bother them too much, according... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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Are one or more of the potential heirs considering or have no interest in the farm? There are three steps. When a farmer passes away, one, all or none of the children may have an interest in the farm. That makes planning seem difficult. However, in reality there are only... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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If you end up needing Medicaid, the government will look closely at your assets. There are some ways around the problem of having assets and needing Medicaid. A trust is one of the answers, according to the Times Herald-Record in "Benefits of Medicaid Asset Protection Trust." A Medicaid Asset Protection... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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While many digital legal documents have already been created, it seems that wills create a real challenge. Despite the recent move to create digital legal documents, wills, which by the very nature of the deceased being unable to verify the document in court, have remained on the back burner. Perhaps,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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Being an executor is not an easy job and can be quite stressful. Many people trust one of their own children above all other potential candidates when considering the responsibilities of an executor. However, it is not always a good idea, according to Texas Lawyer in "Mamas, Don't Let Your... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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The distribution of real estate can be a good deal or a bad deal. One way to avoid real estate going through probate is to put someone else’s name on the ownership of the asset. However, that almost always comes out badly, according to the Daily Republic in "All Things... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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What you decide to do with retirement accounts can be a major enhancement to your estate plan. IRA retirement benefits can be used as a way to balance out other bequests and it can be used to support other estate planning goals. There are also tax implications to consider, according... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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To Kill a Mockingbird put author in the limelight, but she quickly stepped out of it and has remained out. When Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, died in 2016, there was considerable publicity as writers attempted to uncover all the details of her life. They met... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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Medicaid is a possibility, if retirement money runs out. However, the program is aimed at helping the poor. When many Americans consider the possibility of long-term care in a nursing home and look to insurance, they find that insurance is often difficult to obtain and afford. Medicaid is also a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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Wills and trust often go hand-in-hand, when it comes to estate planning. Should you decide to use an online service instead of going to an estate planning attorney, you may find yourself with a trust but then learn you also need a will, according to the Lake County News in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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As size of estates increase, so do the number of challenges. However, success isn’t easy to come by. As the number of wealthy estates increase, both the U.S. and Canada find themselves in challenges brought about by people who believe they didn’t get their fair share, according to The Globe... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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Since a plan is required when a Medicare patient leaves a hospital, it is best if the patient and family check into their potential options and the accuracy of information they have received. Medicare requires that a plan for care be developed with a social worker when a patient is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law
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Hundreds of scammers face charges of defrauding elderly. Local law enforcement and elder law attorneys are sympathetic when they hear of scams aimed at the elderly, but they are often unable to do much. The government has a plan to bring the scammers to justice, according to a recent FBI... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at New York Estate Planning & Elder Law