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Reasons to use an irrevocable life insurance trust

An irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT) is created with a life insurance policy as its asset. As the name suggests, the trust grantor cannot, in any way, modify, amend, or rescind the trust or reclaim its property after its initial…

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Coming of Age and Powers of Attorney

When your child turns 18 (in most states), it might be hard to imagine that little child who once needed you for everything has now become – overnight – an adult. Now your child is free to vote, marry, apply…

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When is Disinheriting a Child a Mistake?

Most parents choose to treat their children equally when it comes to inheriting property or money. But sometimes, parents intentionally choose to not leave anything to a child, and the reasons for doing so may vary. One reason could be…

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Equal is Equitable, Most of the Time

When it comes to deciding how to leave property to your children, the clearest choice is to divide everything into equal shares. That is the straightforward choice when all your children are doing equally well. But if not – if,…

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When is Medicaid crisis planning appropriate?

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program available to individuals who meet certain asset requirements that help them pay for long-term care (LTC) costs. Sudden necessity for long-term medical care often creates devastating financial impacts on unprepared Americans, especially…

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Contesting a Will

When a loved one dies with a will, their will lays out who shall receive their property, and which person (called the Executor) will be in charge of settling the estate. For many reasons, beneficiaries can feel slighted by what…

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Changing Your Health Care Directives in Light of COVID-19

The advent of the coronavirus pandemic forces each individual to assess their values and priorities, and overall health. The little COVID-19 clinical information relating to treatment options and likely outcomes based on personal health history should lead all of us…

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Why You Need an Elder Law Attorney

Whether you seek legal counsel for yourself or a loved one, elder law attorneys have a wide range of expertise and services that you will require at some life stage, be that in your 40s, 50s, or beyond. Actions you…

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Becoming a Legal Guardian of Your Aging Parent

Guardianship of an aging parent means acceptance of significant legal responsibility to act and advocate for their care. The duties include a parent's daily care, medical care, and possibly financial decisions made on their behalf. Many guardians are family members…

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