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Why It Is Best to Have a Will and a Trust

In estate planning, wills and trusts each have specific purposes and unique advantages. Each state has specific laws and regulations governing these legal documents. You can have both a will and a trust; however, the information in each should compliment…

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Wildlife Expert Retiring Due to Dementia

Famous author, TV producer and wildlife expert, Jack Hannah has decided to go into retirement due to his struggle with dementia. Known as "Jungle" Jack, he left the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, where he served as director, then director emeritus,…

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Get to Know Your Parents Medical Wishes

Often parents live far away from their children in the US. Managing aging parents’ or in-laws’ medical events can be a serious challenge without proper preparation and understanding of what your parents' strategy may or may not be, no matter…

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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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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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What Happens if You Die Without a Will?

Dying without a will is also called dying intestate. Wills are subject to state law, and as such, intestacy processes vary by state in determining whether a person's assets go to their spouse, children, siblings, or parents. The probate court…

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