Last Will & Testament

  • How to Find out If a Loved One Had a Will

    Learn how to find out if a valid will exists and get tips on where to look for one so you can begin the probate process.

  • Can You Change or Cancel a Will?

    People, families and finances change over time, and these changes should be reflected in one’s estate planning documents. Consult an elder law attorney about your options for updating or cancelling a will to ensure your wishes are followed.

  • 4 Reasons to Review Your Will

    Most people mistakenly believe that creating a will is a one-time task, but estate-planning documents should be reviewed regularly to ensure they still reflect your wishes.

  • Understanding Which Assets Must Go Through Probate

    Probate is the court-supervised process of inventorying all a decedent’s assets and distributing them to creditors and inheritors. However, not all property is subject to disposition by a will or the probate process.

  • Why a Letter of Competency Should Be Part of Every Senior’s Legal File

    Adding this one simple step when creating or changing a will, powers of attorney and other crucial legal documents can prevent unnecessary stress, legal problems and familial discord down the road.

  • How to Find a Good Elder Law Attorney

    Seniors and their caregivers often face legal issues that require professional counsel. Use these tips for hiring an elder law attorney who can help with government benefits, power of attorney or guardianship, estate planning, and more.

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  • Take the Guesswork out of Funeral Arrangements

    Frank discussions about final arrangements are wise to have at any age. Use these strategies to broach the subject and develop comprehensive funeral plans for yourself and your aging loved ones.

  • Estate Tax Q and A for Family Caregivers

    Taxes are an important element to consider when engaging in estate planning. Discover the answers to 5 key estate tax questions.

  • Why Elder Law Attorneys Aren’t Just for Seniors

    Planning ahead benefits seniors and their family caregivers. Working with an attorney who specializes in elder law gives seniors peace of mind and allows family members to understand their roles and responsibilities before they must act on them.

  • Legal Competency: When Is It Too Late to Create a Will, Trust or POA?

    It is crucial to engage in proper legal planning with family members while they are still of sound mind. An elder law attorney outlines competency criteria that must be met in order to obtain valid legal documents before a crisis strikes.

  • Understanding Probate and Estate Administration

    When someone you love passes away, the last thing you want to think about is locating legal documents and handling financial matters. Use these steps to make the probate process as simple as possible.

  • 5 Common Legal Issues Caregivers Face

    Seniors and their caregivers are prone to many unique legal challenges. Learn about the most common elder law issues families face and why it's important to enlist the help of an elder law attorney in a senior's care planning.

  • Ethical Wills Lend Clarity to Caregivers and Serenity to Seniors

    An ethical will, also known as a legacy letter, is a way to record and pass on your values, beliefs, faith, life lessons, love and forgiveness. For many of us, this is as close as we will ever get to being able to discern the wishes and whims of our predecessors.

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  • What Caregivers Need to Know About Notarizing for Someone With Dementia

    Essential legal documents for estate planning and long-term care planning often need to be notarized to prove they’re valid. However, notarization can be tricky if a senior has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.

  • Married Couples Should Update Their Will to Avoid Medicaid Misery

    This path of inheritance is the normal distribution under many states' "intestacy statute" (the law setting forth the distribution of the property of a decedent with no will).

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  • When Does a Power of Attorney Designation End?

    When the “principal” (the person who signs a power of attorney document) dies, the POA terminates. A different type of legal authority then becomes necessary to gain access to the deceased’s assets and bank accounts.

  • Having “The Talk”: How to Discuss End-of-Life Issues with Parents

    Most people try not to think or talk about death, but avoiding end-of-life discussions and failing to help aging loved ones prepare for this inevitability can make things far more difficult for the whole family. Use these tips to start the conversation.

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