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I had the pleasure of a conversation recently that started, as many do, with “let me ask you a question.” The question: I am in my 80s, a widow with one adult child. My spouse and I set up a trust years ago, but after his death, I decided to... Continue reading
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Online financial accounts ... Email accounts ... Social media accounts ... Picture storage ... Reward points from credit cards ... all which are types of digital assets. Nowadays, we live in a world where individuals rely on smartphones and computers for work and their personal lives. Therefore, it is becoming... Continue reading
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We recently visited with Carmel Health & Living to talk about what makes their community unique, this is what they had to say: Carmel Health & Living is a very established community located in Carmel. Many of the staff members have been working for the community for at least 5... Continue reading
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We recently visited with Traditions at Solana to talk about what makes them unique, this is what they had to say: The community has a park like setting with peaceful waterfront surroundings and walking paths for the residents to enjoy. The community has three levels of care including Independent Living,... Continue reading
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You have heard of the saying, “That is just the way the cookie crumbles.” Sometimes in the estate planning world, that saying can depict a situation so accurately – often because the situation has a less than ideal outcome. Though, as my father has said to me several times over... Continue reading
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We recently visited with Nurses and More to talk about what makes them unique, this is what they had to say: Nurses and More started 29 years ago and is known for matching clients with excellent caregivers. This at home healthcare agency has a very strict hiring process. When they... Continue reading
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I recently read an article in the Indiana Lawyer newspaper about the rise of “online legal services” and “free legal forms.” I set my bias aside and put myself in a consumer’s shoes – specifically, a consumer that wants to get their estate plan done, but not sure where to... Continue reading
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Over the past 3-years, our team at Hunter Law Office, has been dedicated to providing excellence in customer service resulting in many happy clients. In doing so, our commitment and focus has taken us on a fabulous journey of growth – both personally and for our business. We are pleased... Continue reading
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She came to see us, as many do, during a time of family crisis. “Margaret” had spent the last few years caring for her husband who was slowly declining in health and mental capacity due to Alzheimer’s disease. The crisis occurred when he fell at home and had to be... Continue reading
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I fell and broke my leg in a whole slew of places a few weeks ago. It has truly been a life-altering event, but has provided a perspective on what so many of my clients have experienced or will experience at some point. The excruciating pain – I get it.... Continue reading
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With Medicaid, it is absolutely critical to consider what repercussions may occur as a result of every decision. Let me introduce you to Dorothy. Many years ago, Dorothy had been married to a gentleman named Tom. Throughout their lives, they worked hard and that hard work sure paid off –... Continue reading
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I am an avid reader, and since discovering Audible, have become an avid listener too! This week, I have been listening to the Audible version of Start With Why, by Simon Sinek, and the experience has caused me to spend some time thinking about my own “Why.” Sinek’s book is... Continue reading
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What is Medicaid? More than likely you have heard of Medicaid, considering it has been part of the national political debate for some time. But what exactly does Medicaid mean to you and your elderly loved ones? If you have elderly parents, it is high time to learn about Medicaid... Continue reading
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Think you got your retirement all figured out? Just to be sure, review these retirement myths to get the real deal on your golden years. You'll probably retire earlier than expected. Although this sounds like a dream, it usually isn't. It's important to be aware of variables such as the... Continue reading
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Look down every once in a while. When we go outside for a walk, we are always told to stay alert and be aware of our surroundings. That is great advice and something that I follow. But as I was on a walk in a neighborhood that was constructed in... Continue reading
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Estate planning is important! And it is even more important when traveling and/or vacationing enter the equation. Think about it – sometimes traveling involves an airplane, long drives, and/or excursions (like parasailing, scuba diving, or hiking) – and most of the time we have precious cargo with us like family... Continue reading
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“What do you mean I can’t see her grades??? – I’m paying the tuition!!” The memory, while a couple of decades in my past, is still clear. My father, in conversation with the Dean of Students at the end of my first semester in college, was astounded to hear that,... Continue reading
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I am a self-diagnosed extreme list maker and goal setter. Sometimes I put something I have already finished on my “to do” list just so I can cross it off. I KNOW some of you reading this and saying to yourself, “I do that too.” As I was looking over... Continue reading
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Our law clerk, Jenny, recently graduated from law school. One of her friends bought her a gift: it was a name plate that she could put on her desk. Instead of her name, it read “Trust me, I’m a Lawyer.” We hear that phrase all of the time in a... Continue reading
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One of the great joys of growing a business is that I get a front row seat to watch young people reach for the stars and find their way in the professional world. Make no mistake, there are plenty of times when the gut-wrenching truth is that not everyone is... Continue reading
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It’s graduation time of year, so I decided to dig out one of my law school graduation presents—my Black’s Law Dictionary for a couple of fancy definitions: Estate: The amount, degree, nature, and quality of a person’s interest in land or other property (your “stuff”). Tax: A monetary charge imposed... Continue reading
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Last week was Teachers Appreciation Week, and I want to take a few minutes to “thank” teachers – both past and current -- but also relate it back to the legal field. “How on earth is Jenny going to do that?” I am sure that is what your subconscious mind... Continue reading
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First of all, thank you to the clever creators of the television show Family Guy, and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. for their comical take on our 2nd Amendment’s “Right to Bear Arms.” We’ve heard it all when it comes to guns. Some people love guns. Some people hate guns.... Continue reading
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It seems like every day there is another headline, email or online message shouting “URGENT! CHANGES TO THE LAW!!!” and inviting me to “click here” to discover this new information. The most recent trend seems to center on tax legislation. Let’s be clear … to date, there has been NO... Continue reading
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Have you ever thought about who would make your health care decisions in the event that you could not make them yourself? When you are healthy and enjoying life, it’s not something that we think about. Why? Because we don’t like to think about those situations. We don’t like to... Continue reading