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Relevant answers to the most common questions about estate planning and elder law.

Estate Planning

What Are The Options For Dad’s Care?

James, dad’s health has been failing for the last few years but has been able to live on his own up until now. I am …

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Estate Planning

What Ancestry Surprise?

Lindsey, my husband recently submitted his DNA to learn more about his ancestry.  In the process, he discovered he had a daughter he never knew …

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Veterans Benefits

Are There Programs To Help With Home Care?

Justin, My name is Pam and I am a long-time reader of your column.  I am writing about my mother, Geraldine.  She lives at home …

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Medicaid Benefits

Does a Beneficiary Deed Protect the House from Medicaid?

Melissa, in 2010, my mom went to a lawyer, did a Beneficiary Deed on her home to us kids, and the deed was recorded at …

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Medicaid Benefits

Marital Assets and Medicaid

James, My friend’s wife just had to have her husband admitted to a nursing home and she was told that she would need to spend …

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Asset Protection

What If I Don’t Have a Plan?

Lindsey, if I pass away, what happens to my family if I don’t have an estate plan?             – Laney Laney, Arkansas law actually does provide …

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Probate

How Can We Keep This Out of Probate?

Justin, my dad recently passed away, and my mom has been hit with a surprise that we don’t know how to handle.  She recently received …

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Probate

What Is So Bad About Probate?

Lindsey, I keep hearing that I need a trust to avoid probate, but what exactly is probate and why is it so bad? – Jamie …

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Asset Protection

Why Should My Power of Attorney be Effective Immediately

Melissa, I’ve heard that my Power of Attorney should be effective immediately – as soon as I sign it – rather than it taking effect …

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Tax Considerations

Transferring The Home to My Kids

James, I know that I want my children to get the home and land when I die, so why not just give them a deed …

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