Transfer of Home Ownership Does Not Replace an Estate Plan
Imagine this: You’re retired, your only significant asset is your home, you’re very close to your child or children, and you don’t want the cost of creating an estate plan. In such cases, what’s the harm of simply putting your home in the name of your child to avoid probate […]
Help For Caregivers: 10 Steps Toward Taking Care of Yourself
The number of people serving as caregivers has exploded in recent years, and according to PR Newswire the number of caregivers now tops 65 million people (29% of the population of the US.) This includes people providing care for elderly adults, special needs children, young adults with disabilities, and more. […]
In This Season of Thanksgiving…
I saw the first snow of the season on the mountain yesterday. The winter days are getting shorter, the weather cooler, and few of the skeletal arms of trees reach for the skies as their colorful apparel rests on the ground. All of these signs point to just one thing… […]
Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Your Estate
There are a number of mistakes that an estate planning and probate attorney will see over and over again over the course of their career. Many of these mistakes seem small, but can have a huge negative impact on your family after your death. More often than not these mistakes […]
You Ought to Be in Pictures: When and How to Create a Video Will
The process of creating a last will and testament hasn’t changed much over the centuries, and the requirements are few: Paper, pen, witnesses, and a testator who is of sound mind. This endurance and simplicity is one of the hallmarks of estate planning—and yet there are plenty of ways to […]
Forced Divorce for Seniors?
Growing old alone can be tough, but it might be what many of our parents and grandparents will be forced to do in order to protect their assets and still qualify for Medicare. In her article Caring for Aging Loved Ones Can Be a Catch-22, journalist Gail Sheehy describes how […]
Estate Planning 101
As an estate planning attorney, I’m often asked, “What is estate planning?” Here is a definition of estate planning: “I want to control my property while I’m alive, take care of myself and my loved ones if I become disabled, and give what I have to whom I want, the […]
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