When it comes to figuring out how to plan for nursing home care for an aging loved one, do not go it alone. Did you know a qualified elder law attorney can help you choose wisely among the available options and ensure you understand what each option costs and whether there is anything you can do...
Is it uncommon for autistic children to receive large sums of money?  Not really.  Grandparents, parents, and other relatives may provide for them in their will or trust. They may also be the recipient of a payout from a lawsuit, such as a birth injury lawsuit. Are you aware, however, that if your autistic child receives...
In the early stages of Parkinson’s, families may often be able to care for a loved one at home. As Parkinson’s progresses, however, it can become more debilitating with increasing tremors and decreasing mobility, often requiring the use of a walker or wheelchair and unfortunately, sometimes leaving a person bedridden. With the loss of mobility, risk...
Have you considered DIY estate planning? Many people may believe that it is better to have a basic estate plan than no plan at all, whether it is based on an online template or completely DIY. DIY estate plans that are drafted without the right legal advice, however, can force a wide variety of unintended consequences....
Do you have a canine companion or other beloved pet? If so, you may worry about what will happen if you pass away before he or she does. This worry can be even more acute if you have a pet with a longer life expectancy, like a cat or a reptile. Rest assured that there may...
Have you or your loved one been diagnosed with dementia? If so, you may be concerned that you have let too much time go by and that it may be too late to engage in estate planning. Rest assured that this is likely not the case. Even if you have dementia, you may still be able...
A person who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), and the person’s family members, understand all too well the lengthy and stressful time it can take to get to a diagnosis of MS. As they work to accept the diagnosis, special-needs planning may be far from their mind. Did you know early planning can be...
Sometimes, disputes about trust agreements arise. Did you know that a trust agreement can include arbitration clauses? Arbitration allows resolution of disputes outside of a courtroom. It differs from mediation as the arbitrator decides the outcome of the dispute whereas a mediator facilitates the finding of a mutually acceptable solution if possible. While you can include...
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) nearly doubled the federal estate tax exemption amount. This, however, is set to be reduced by roughly half in 2026, unless Congress takes steps to increase the longevity of the larger exemption amount. With the potential for the federal estate tax exemption amount to be subject to a significant...
Have you considered potential tax changes that may impact your estate planning? Every new administration comes with potential tax changes that could impact your estate planning. With a new president having taken office, it can be important to look to the tax task force proposals to see what changes might be underway.   It is prudent...