The Benefit of Writing a Living Will

Thinking about what you want to include in a living will is difficult, but necessary. For most people thinking about the end of their own lives is psychologically difficult. This has stopped many from getting living wills and other advanced directives, such as powers of attorney. People do not like to think about the possibility [...]

2016-04-29T10:19:00+00:00 April 29th, 2016|Wills|0 Comments

When Your Mortgage Outlives You

When buying a home and getting a mortgage it is a good idea to think about what might happen if you pass away before the mortgage is completely paid. Doing so can spare headaches for your heirs. As the Wall Street Journal points out in "What Happens When a Homeowner Dies Before the Mortgage Is [...]

2016-04-28T11:13:00+00:00 April 28th, 2016|Inheritance|0 Comments

More Controversy for Harper Lee Estate

New details have emerged that have increased the controversy surrounding the decision to seal the will of author Harper Lee. The last couple of years of Harper Lee's life were full of controversy for many of the author's fans. The novelist had stated many times over the years that she did not want to release [...]

2016-04-27T10:04:00+00:00 April 27th, 2016|Wills|0 Comments

New Special Needs Trust Rejection Policy

The Social Security Administration issued an emergency message to its personnel that will make it slightly easier to determine why the agency has rejected a special needs trust. In the past when the Social Security Administration determined that a proposed special needs trust for a Supplemental Security Income recipient was rejected no explanation was given [...]

2016-04-26T10:53:00+00:00 April 26th, 2016|Social Security|0 Comments

Inheriting a Home

If you inherit a house, before deciding what to do with it you need to know your options and any legal requirements. People who inherit a house often wonder what they can and should do with it. These are not always easy questions to answer especially for heirs who already have homes of their own. [...]

2016-04-25T11:16:00+00:00 April 25th, 2016|Inheritance|0 Comments

Estate Tax Misconceptions

For as much attention as the federal estate tax receives many people still have misconceptions about how it works. The estate tax is a common source of complaints both by and to politicians. In all of the discussion about the tax what often gets lost is how the tax actually operates. This leads many people [...]

2016-04-22T11:06:00+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|Preventing Estate Challenges|0 Comments

Man Leaves Model Car Collection to Church

A Minnesota man with a love for cars left an unusual bequest to his church. Churches are used to receiving gifts from their parishioners as part of those parishioners' estates. Most such gifts come in the form of cash bequests or securities. Sometimes, people will leave their homes to the church so that the church [...]

2016-04-20T11:32:00+00:00 April 20th, 2016|Inheritance|0 Comments

Hospice Owner Accused of Ordering Overdoses

The alleged actions of a hospice owner in Texas may call into question the way in which Medicare and Medicaid reimburse hospices for patient care. Hospices are supposed to offer humane end-of-life care for their patients. They are not supposed to hasten the deaths of those patients. However, the system might unintentionally encourage a hospice [...]

2016-04-19T10:44:00+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Elder Law|0 Comments