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There is No Taking Back Your Estate Plan

There are some things in life that we all wish we had done differently. No one makes the right choices 100 percent of the time. Of course, we...

New Elder Care Technology Helps Seniors and Their Families

If there is one area of modern life that seniors are often not so comfortable with, it is new technology. However, there are a range of new...

Committed Couples

Recent Census Bureau statistics are indicating that people who have been divorced are not remarrying with the same frequency that they did in...

Know Your Options

Estate planners often talk about creating the plan that meets the specific needs of the individuals they are advising. They ask what you want...

Vampire Estate Plans

Do you ever wonder if vampires have estate plans? Of course, vampires are not real, but they seem to be everywhere in popular culture today....

What About Your Pets?

When you pass away, you will probably leave more things behind than you realize. That’s why you need an estate plan that covers everything, even...

Your Former Spouse and Social Security Benefits

Did you know an ex-spouse can receive Social Security benefits on your record? A lot of people are not aware of this rule. However, there are...

Planning for Medical Emergencies

Planning for a medical emergency is one of the most important things you can do for you and your family. After all, life is unpredictable and...

Probate Can Be Troublesome

One of the reasons why some people choose alternatives to a last will when they are arranging for the eventual transfer of assets to their heirs...

The Worst Estate Planning Errors You Can Make

As Abraham Lincoln once said, “Everything on the Internet is true.” If you've ever looked for legal advice online, it won't take you very long...

Big Executor Mistakes

As an estate executor, you have the legal power to manage a deceased person's property and redistribute that property to new owners. With this...

Why Single People Don't Have Estate Plans

If you're single, whether or not you're young, you are part of the group that is the least likely to have an estate plan. The fact is most...

Reverse Mortgages: An Option When Needed

When you are planning for your retirement years you have to make projections a couple of decades into the future, maybe even longer. The fact is...

Welcome to the Sandwich Generation

The “me” generation is rapidly becoming the “sandwich” generation. If the term is foreign to you, don’t feel left out. It is simply a new term...

Benefits of Waiting to Make an Estate Plan

Sometimes, when you have difficulty making a decision, it’s helpful to write out a list of the pros and cons of the decision. There are people...

The “Sandwich” Generation

Many of us have lived through generation X, the “me” generation, and generation “Y”, but have you ever heard of the “sandwich” generation?...

Arthritis Warning Signs You Need to Know

Arthritis can strike at any time, though it most typically affects people over the age of 60. There are many forms of arthritis, and while there...

Check List for Acquiring Landed Property in Ghana

The number of land disputes pending at various courts in Ghana bears testimony to the problems surrounding land acquisitions. One false step in...

Save Money while Enjoying Familiar Surroundings

If you were to be among the many who are going to require living assistance when you reach an advanced age you have some decisions to make. A...

Legal Action is Required for Committed Couples

If you were to ask yourself how you would want your possessions distributed if you were to pass away at any given time you may well find that...

The Larry Hillblom Story - Case in Point for Updating Your Estate Plan

Although you may not be familiar with the name Larry Hillblom, you have probably used the company he founded or at least heard of it. Hillblom...

Dealing With the Death of a Family Member - Common Steps That Must Be Taken

As much as we all wish that we would never be faced with the death of a close family member, it may happen at some point in time. In the midst...

Signs of Elder Abuse - How to Protect Your Loved Ones

If you are one of the millions of Americans who has an elderly family member in the care of someone outside the family you likely worry about...

How your Loved Ones May Suffer if You Fail to Plan for your Death

If you have a family or loved ones who mean a lot to you, then you owe it to them to plan ahead in the event of your untimely death. Tragedy or...

Social Security Basics

If you are like many Americans, you are concerned about the future of the Social Security retirement program. Warnings about the fate of the...

Do You Really Want your Estate to Be Probated?

You may think that the simplest solution for stating your final wishes is the execution of a last will. In fact, depending on the circumstances...

Avoidable Estate Planning Mistakes

Many estate plans contain mistakes that can and should be avoided. Unfortunately, easily avoidable mistakes are made all the time in estate...

How to Make Use of a Family Incentive Trust

If you are like many people who have been fortunate enough, and worked hard enough, to have built up a sizeable and valuable estate, you may...

Are You Part of the “Sandwich” Generation?

If the term “sandwich generation” doesn’t sound familiar to you, don’t worry, you are not alone. This is term that is being used to describe...

Translating Will Language – Commonly Encountered Uncommon Terms

If you started creating your Last Will and Testament, you may come across some words that appear strange or unfamiliar. This is very common, as...

Elderly Parents May End Up Costing Children

With many baby boomers reaching retirement age every day, proper financial planning is becoming increasingly more important. But for many...

Federal Medicaid Fraud Audit Program Has Negative Returns

A recent report from a government watchdog group shows that a federal Medicaid audit program designed to curtail some of the $60 billion a year...

Elderly Depression - What to Look Out For

For elderly Americans, depression often goes undiagnosed and untreated because many people do not recognize the symptoms. Elderly people are...

Identity Thieves, Scam Artists Often Target Elders

There are things that can be done to protect your assets during the latter stages of your life from a legal perspective, and you should discuss...

Debt Reduction Can Lead to Stress-Free Future

One of the things that people look forward to when they envision retirement is the ability to live stress-free. Try as you might, it can be very...

Your Parents May Favor a Charity Over You

Thinking about an inheritance you might receive is an exercise that's filled with competing emotions. While you never want to think ill of your...

Watching the Trustee

Who Watches the Watchmen?" has become a modern classic line. In case you don't know, The Watchmen are a fictional group of superheroes. In their...

Act in Advance to Preserve Assets

There are individuals who are naturally more exposed to potential legal actions than others, and for these people asset protection should be a...

Medi-Cal Eligibility: Expert Guidance is Essential

Many people are surprised to hear that Medicare will not pay for residence in an assisted living community or a nursing home. This is a pretty...

Life's Not Fair for LGBT Couples

You have undoubtedly heard the old axiom "Life's not fair." We all know that it's true. We would like to believe that on some level, things even...

10 Reasons Why Potential Franchisees Need a Franchise Lawyer

Are you a potential franchisee or even a current franchisee? Do you really need a franchise lawyer? That depends on your experience and appetite...

Benefits of Trademark Registration in New Zealand

There are many benefits to registering your valuable brand as a New Zealand trademark. Trademark registration gives you the exclusive right to...

Benefits of Trademark Registration in Australia

In Australia, there are many benefits to registering your valuable brand as a trademark. Trademark registration gives you the exclusive right to...

I Want to Apply to Register an Australian Trademark

Do I really need a lawyer to do that? Strictly speaking, no. Anyone can apply to register a trademark, although the mark being applied for must...

I Want to Apply to Register a New Zealand Trademark

Do I really need a lawyer to do that? Strictly speaking, no. Anyone can apply to register a trademark, although the mark being applied for must...

Understanding Social Security and Its Future

Most of us have heard all the dire warnings about the future of the Social Security retirement program. Some analysts tell us that the program...

Stieg Larsson -- Another Example of Why Estate Planning is So Important

In case the name doesn‘t ring any bells offhand, Stieg Larsson is the author of the awarding winning novel turned movie, The Girl with the...

Estate Planning for the Unmarried

Many of us remain unmarried by choice or by necessity. Maybe you are paired up but cannot legally marry because of laws prohibiting same-sex...

Have You Provided for Your Significant Other?

Relationships generally are going to unfold step-by-step, and when you have already been married before you may be in no hurry to actually tie...

$1.5 Million For Texting? That is Awesome, Dude

Between email and texting and IM and social media messaging in its varied forms, the number of ways to communicate without ever actually...

3 Financial Questions about Life-Threatening Illnesses

An article in Forbes recently highlighted some of the important financial issues that those who have been diagnosed with a serious or...

Retire Debt Before You Retire

Retirement planning attorneys are going to tell you that it is important to accumulate financial resources in anticipation of being able to put...

Audits Targeting Medicaid Abuse Fall Short

A recent report issued by the Government Accountability Office, the nonpartisan research arm of Congress found that a federal program designed...

Debts After Death: Who Pays?

Of all the issues that arise after someone dies, it's often the financial ones that pose the most difficulties. If a spouse or family member...

Financial Moves for the Terminally Ill

A recent article in Forbes points out that the terminally ill face several financial and estate planning questions that, though not often spoken...

Highlights of Corporate Taxes in the Democratic Republic of Congo

This brief gives insights on taxes applied to corporate income and corporate capital gains. Corporate Income Tax - Congolese companies are taxed...

President Obama’s Proposed Budget for 2013

President Obama issued another round of proposed financial budget measures that would affect the 2013 fiscal year. On February 13, 2013, the...

Doris Duke’s Estate Battle -- Why Contesting a Will is Sometimes Necessary

Most people have heard of the concept behind a Will contest, yet most have never been involved in one. A Last Will and Testament cannot be...

Qualifying for Medicaid without Committing Medicaid Fraud

For many senior citizens, the cost of medical care and services is a big concern. Often, healthcare plans that were in effect while working are...

Cayman Islands' Court of Appeal Re-affirms Status of Segregated Portfolio Companies

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal has re-affirmed the distinction between segregated portfolio companies (“SPCs”) and their segregated...

Transferring Quarry and Mining Rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC]

The mining code of the Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC] provides for a possibility of leasing and assigning mining and quarry rights. Since...

Prepare to Address Assisted Living Expenses

Keeping your fingers crossed while hoping for the best is no substitute for intelligent planning when you are considering the eventualities of...

Your Last Will: The Human Element

When you think about a Last Will, the act of stating your wishes in writing is probably the thing that comes to mind. However, there is more to...

Oklahoma City Trust Administration Basics

When you evaluate the basic anatomy of a revocable living trust you see that there are three principal players. We would like to break it down...

Who is Going to Handle Your Final Arrangements

You have to think things all the way through in order to find the motivation that you need to stop procrastinating and finally start making...

Tax Hikes Loom

Oklahoma City estate planning attorneys are always reminding their clients to stay in touch because the initial estate plan is like a snapshot...

Don't Let Impulses Steal Your Retirement

Statistics indicate that the majority of people who reach the age of eligibility rely on their Social Security benefits to provide most of their...

Background Checks and the Fair Credit Reporting Act

A natural segue from our last article regarding conviction records is to briefly touch on background checks and the requirements of the Fair...

New Liaison Office Regulation of Turkey

A new regulation published on 03 July 2012 dated, 28342 numbered Official Gazette amending the Regulation for Implementation of Foreign Direct...

Government Medicaid Audits Cost 5 Times What They Recover

In 2008, the federal government launched a Medicaid audit program designed to curtail the estimated $60 billion a year that Medicaid loses to...

Fraud Continues to Plague Medicaid System

Medicaid, the joint state and federal health insurance program designed to provide health care to the poor, needy, disabled, and elderly, loses...

Popular Medicaid Myths

The idea of having to move into an assisted living community or nursing home environment is not appealing to a great many people. However, it’s...

Environmental Audit, One of the Conditions for Mining Operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Mining is a key sector and continues to grow in several part of the world including in the Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC]. Legislation for...

Shareholder Buy-sell Agreements for Medical Corporations

In this article I explain shareholder buy-sell agreements for physicians and medical corporations. A buy-sell agreement (also called a...

May a Physician Compete against His or Her Former Practice?

If you are in a group medical practice, you might wonder, “Can I or another doctor in this practice set up a competing practice?” “Will a...

Bringing a New Partner into a Medical Practice

This article gives an outline of how to bring a new physician into a medical practice. I go from common sense to legal advice, from the...

Termination Clauses in Physician Employment and Contractor Agreements

In this suite of articles, I explain the basic corporate, business and contract law issues for medical corporations and group medical practices...

Doing Business in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic has best legal framework for the Foreign Investment - Legal System - The Constitution of the Dominican Republic defines the...

As More Boomers Retire, Retirement Homes Scramble to Change[1]

The generation that grew up in the postwar economic boom is bringing with it new expectations as it enters retirement at a rate of 10,000 people...

Fraudulent Medicaid Claims Decreasing, but Still a Problem

As states across the country continue to struggle with solving their Medicaid funding problem, fraudulent Medicaid claims continue to plague the...

The Franchise in Panama

The success of franchises in Panama is based on the trust and smooth communication of the parties and the enterprise will of the franchisee, as...

When is Medicaid Planning Actually Fraud?

If you have heard claims such as “protect your estate assets and still qualify for Medicaid” and wondered about the legality of the claims, you...

Old-Fashioned Estate Plans

Many people never think about making an estate plan. Let’s take a moment and consider this: if you are going to make an estate plan what are the...

A Lesson in Estate Planning - The Larry Hillblom Story

You have likely been told how important estate planning is by numerous people. If you are like many people though, a real life example hits home...

Are You Aware of Medicare Limitations?

It is a rude awakening when you start to reach middle-age and find that you are not prepared for retirement. One of the reasons why far too many...

Proceed With Caution to Avoid Elder Financial Abuse

There are some people who will go to any lengths to line their own pockets, and they will even stoop so low as to target senior citizens....

Medicaid Fraud Continues to Plague System

With state budgets increasingly tight and Medicaid set to expand drastically in 2014, many lawmakers are looking for ways to decrease the impact...

Payable on Death Accounts and Transfer on Death Accounts

Payable on Death or Transfer on Death Accounts may be an option to avoid probate and allow your beneficiary immediate access to your accounts....

Inadequate Estate Planning

While most of us are aware of the risks of not having an estate plan the truth is, having an inadequate plan can be just as risky. Your estate...

A Lack of Estate Planning

Do you have a legal plan in place in case you should become mentally disabled or in the event of your death? If not, your family may face a long...

Hire an Expert in Estate Planning

A month ago my computer crashed. It was devastating. Every time I tried to start the thing, I got nowhere. I looked online for answers and...

Estate Planning: Young Adults are not Exempt

Imagine being a young adult who is transitioning into a new phase of life. You have your first child on the way, and you are envisioning all of...

Medicaid Planning and Filial Responsibility Laws

While planning for retirement, many people focus on the money they'll need to support themselves and their family after they stop working. What...

Seniors Have Increasing Amount of Debt

While many Americans have been hit hard by the recession, baby boomers and elderly Americans are increasingly more in debt than they have been...

Know Your Forms - A Step by Step Guide to the HUD-1

The HUD-1. With every refinance transaction you will need to review and sign a HUD-1 form – also known as a settlement statement or just the...

Common Questions about Medicaid Planning

While many people make Medicare coverage part of their retirement plan, not everyone knows that Medicare doesn't pay for long-term care...

Medicaid Fraud Accounts for Billions Lost Each Year

The costs associated with the growing number of Americans who have fallen into poverty and are relying upon Medicaid for health care insurance...

Probate Courts Handle Numerous Issues

A good estate plan is, often, one that will avoid any probate court complications, thus saving your estate time and money. While probate courts...

The Strange Language of Wills – A Quick Guide

Most people don't spend their daily lives dealing with the language of the law. Because of this, it’s important for anyone creating a Will to...


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