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“The widow of car-dealership magnate Ray Brandt filed court papers to evict her family from their Old Metairie compound on Tuesday, the latest escalation of a bitter family battle over control of the massive estate that Brandt left behind when he died in late 2019.” Jessica Fussell Brandt filed an... Continue reading
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“Some people are concerned that the new conservative 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court will roll back protections for non-traditional families. Regardless of the decisions at the Supreme Court, or the impact on the state family courts, there are many ways that non-traditional families can maintain control.” Today’s non-traditional family... Continue reading
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“If you’re helping an aging parent navigate Medicaid because they don’t have long-term care insurance or you think you’ll need it yourself someday, it’s important to understand how the program works.” Medicaid is a government program used by Americans to pay for nursing home and long-term care. The Medicaid Estate... Continue reading
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“By definition, a Will accounts for a person’s wishes of how their assets and estate should be distributed and handled once they die. It spells out who should get what and who should do what, after the benefactor’s demise.” A last will and testament is used to point out the... Continue reading
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“Funded with cash or other assets, donor-advised funds give charitably minded investors control of when and where their funds are distributed.” Many Americans are feeling charitable these days, and with good reasons. It’s a hard time for many, and if you are financially able, making donations may help you feel... Continue reading
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“Beneficiary designations, tying up loose ends, reporting last wishes—here’s what you can do now.” The COVID pandemic has become a painful lesson in how important it is to have estate plans in order, especially when a spouse becomes sick, incapacitated, or dies unexpectedly. With more than 400,000 Americans dead from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2021 at Graber & Johnson Law Group LLC Blog
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“When these types of situations arise, there are many steps you can take to avoid your will from being contested by individuals who believe they are entitled to receive your assets.” Disinheriting a child or any person trying to gain access to your assets after you have died requires skilled... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2021 at Graber & Johnson Law Group LLC Blog
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“If the durable power of attorney can't be transferred, what needs to be done to establish a new durable power of attorney for my aunt despite her mental incapacity?” The situation facing one family is all too common. An aunt is now incapacitated with severe Alzheimer’s disease. Her brother has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2021 at Graber & Johnson Law Group LLC Blog
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“Many timeshare contracts include a perpetuity clause, which means the contract and all its fees and obligations are yours for life. It may not end there.” Ask anyone who ever purchased a timeshare and changed their mind about it. Getting rid of a timeshare can be problematic. However, imagine if... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2021 at Graber & Johnson Law Group LLC Blog
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“Now that there is a Democratic majority in the Senate and the House of Representatives, estate and gift tax law changes are expected to occur in 2021 or 2022.” Changes in the White House and the Senate have many people wondering how federal estate and gift tax laws may change... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2021 at Graber & Johnson Law Group LLC Blog
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“Gifting stock to family members may lack the pizzazz of leaving a luxury car adorned with a bow in the driveway, but it’s a gift that can add value to their lives long after most other gifts have been forgotten.” There are a number of ways to gift stock to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2021 at Graber & Johnson Law Group LLC Blog
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“After the divorce, Mike logged onto the employer’s benefits system and tried, but failed, to delete Wendy as the beneficiary of his life insurance.” This estate battle shows how small details can become huge headaches. Four courts and several years after this estate battle began, a family won a case... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at Graber & Johnson Law Group LLC Blog
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“The couple needs to create an appropriate estate plan. If they truly want inheritance rights, they need to execute testamentary documents, such as wills.” For unmarried couples, having an estate plan might be even more important than for married couples, especially if there are children in the family. The unmarried... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2021 at Graber & Johnson Law Group LLC Blog
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“The death of a loved one is always a difficult time. The last thing most people want when they're grieving is to have to deal with the IRS and state tax officials.” Unfortunately, unless the person you love has an estate plan and has spoken with you about it, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at Graber & Johnson Law Group LLC Blog
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“Gray divorce issues include weaving through the complications of splitting pensions, 401(k)s and more before the process is complete.” Divorce is different for older couples. They must focus on retirement accounts instead of college savings plans, explains a recent article from Kiplinger titled “Considering Divorce? Beware of Retirement Account Breakups.”... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2021 at Graber & Johnson Law Group LLC Blog
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“Avoiding probate usually is the main appeal for living trusts. Trusts also can provide a gentler transition, if the grantor becomes incapacitated.” Any trust created while the person, known as the “grantor,” is living, is known as a “living trust.” However, the term is also used interchangeably with “revocable trusts,”... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2021 at Graber & Johnson Law Group LLC Blog
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“No one wants a nursing home but the longer we live, the higher the chance we may need a nursing home at the end of life.” Nursing home care is expensive, costing between $6,000 to $20,000 per month depending on the location, so most seniors should do all they can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2021 at Graber & Johnson Law Group LLC Blog
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“Everyone, regardless of financial status or age, can benefit from having an estate plan—assuming you have assets to leave and people to leave them to.” Estate planning is not just about making a will, nor is it just for people who live in mansions. Estate planning is best described in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2021 at Graber & Johnson Law Group LLC Blog
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“As states address budget woes due to the pandemic, one place they may turn to for revenue as they have in past economic crises is death taxes.” The District of Columbia already moved to reduce its exemption from $5.67 million in 2020 to $4 million for individuals who die on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2021 at Graber & Johnson Law Group LLC Blog
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“If you don’t also fund it, unexpected things can happen and some of those things may not reflect the intent to the grantor.” Thinking you have divided assets equally between children by creating a trust that names all as equal heirs, while placing only one child’s name on other assets... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2021 at Graber & Johnson Law Group LLC Blog
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“As if losing a loved one weren’t hard enough, you might also have to add ‘death tax’ on the property that you receive from the estate—depending on where you live—in addition to all the other costs of death.” Let’s start with defining “inheritance tax.” The answer depends on the laws... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2021 at Graber & Johnson Law Group LLC Blog
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“What happens to all your digital accounts, services and property after you die? The official name for all these is a Digital Estate Plan. With the lines increasingly blurred between our on-and off-line lives, it's more important than ever to have a plan for your digital holdings.” Just as you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2021 at Graber & Johnson Law Group LLC Blog
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“Given the expectation the Biden administration will roll back some of Trump’s favorable policies of the past four years, tax consultants and accountants are already hard at work. But for HNW women, dealing with election fallout is minor, compared to the bigger fish they have been frying in the tax... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2021 at Graber & Johnson Law Group LLC Blog
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“Obviously, the first step is to work with your doctor to slow the progression. However, there are legal steps you need to take as quickly as possible.” A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or any serious progressive disease takes some time to absorb. However, during the days and weeks after the diagnosis,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2021 at Graber & Johnson Law Group LLC Blog
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“The IRS determined that Prince's estate is worth $163.2 million, well above the $82.3 million valuation submitted by Comerica Bank & Trust, the estate's administrator.” The Internal Revenue Service has said the executors of Prince’s estate made a serious mistake in their calculations, reducing its value by about $80 million,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2021 at Graber & Johnson Law Group LLC Blog