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The Elrod Firm Articles

Musings to give you insight and clarity on all things estate planning and elder law.

How We Got Here

When you strive to accomplish your life’s work, “all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” This was the lesson an Andalusian shepherd

Estate Planning

Life Lessons From Our First President

On the third Monday of February each year, Americans celebrate a federal holiday commonly referred to as Presidents’ Day, but on the books, this holiday

Estate Planning

Non-legal Tips for Estate Planning

When we’re finalizing an estate plan, clients often ask, “Ok, is there anything else I need to do now?” Here’s a summary of a few key tips that you can do without a lawyer

Veterans Benefits

What You Need To Know About Veterans Benefits

I have always found it appropriate that we celebrate Veterans Day in November—a time of year set aside for giving thanks for the many blessings we have received, not the least of which being the freedom we in America enjoy because of the sacrifice of our nation’s veterans. As this patriotic holiday is currently celebrated, it is a day set aside to recognize the veterans of all U.S. wars, but that has not always been the case.

Asset Protection

Plan to Avoid Family Conflict

Sometimes people think they don’t need an estate plan because they’ve named one of their children to be the sole owner of all of their assets when they die. They say, “I’m not worried, I know my daughter will do the right thing.” This is not a good idea.

Estate Planning

Three Estate Planning Horror Stories

There is nothing worse than thinking you have everything in order but learning, often when it’s too late to do anything about it, that you really don’t. It almost feels like I imagine a character in a horror movie might feel when he thinks he’s escaped danger. He closes his eyes and takes a deep breath, only to find that the monster he was trying to avoid is standing right behind him. There are a lot of monsters to avoid in the maze of estate planning.

Estate Planning

Belichick’s Legendary Game Plan

The framework for Bill Belichick’s Super Bowl XXV plan can work just as well off the field as it did for the Giants’ defense in Super Bowl XXV. In life, just like in football, we must set our priorities in a way that gives us the best chance of success, and then we must deploy the resources we have at our disposal accordingly.

Estate Planning

It has finally arrived!

We are proud to announce the release of Justin’s new book, You Need A Plan: How to Prepare for Death, Taxes, and Long-Term Care

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