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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC] is Finalizing its Accession to the OHADA

The Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC] is the newest member of OHADA and officially announced its joining OHADA in February 2004 but it’s had to...

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...

Ohio Estate Tax Being Repealed

You might think that you would be able to leave behind resources to your loved ones after you pass away fully intact. After all, whatever you...

Future Health Care Expenses Can Be Considerable

When you are enjoying your prime earning years you have a certain amount of financial power. Once you retire you may find yourself living on a...

Divorces and Your Estate Plan

Estate plans do not come in a one-size-fits-all product, and all estate plans need to be changed whenever certain life events arise. Divorcing...

How Not Having an Estate Plan Can Hurt Your Family

It's very common to come across news stories about disputes that arise after a famous or wealthy person has died. These family conflicts often...

You Need an Expert Estate Planner, Not Just Any Attorney

Everyone needs an estate plan. If you are smart, you know that you need an attorney to draft your estate plan. Estate plans have legal...

What Your Children Need to Know About Your Extended Care Plan or, Your Lack of One

In a small majority of states, adult children of elderly parents may be required to pay for the parent's long-term care expenses if the parent...

4 Questions You Should Consider When Selling Your Stake in Business to a Private Equity Fund - Ukraine

Unlike Western developed economies, Ukraine has only recently started to unlock its potential in the area of attracting investments from Private...

7 Key Questions on Corporate Restructuring - Ukraine

Development of efficient tax and corporate structures from the shareholders’ and potential investors’ perspective are key issues in a business...

Ukraine Competition Law Aspects in M&A Transactions: Questions and Answers

Sophisticated M&A transactions include not only straightforward share purchase agreements but may also contemplate ancillary agreements (e.g....

Recent Developments in Oil-and-Gas and Energy Sectors in Ukraine

On the way to the European integration, and by virtue of the determined Ukrainian policy towards energy independence, the Ukrainian Government...

Recommendations for a Foreign Retailer in Ukraine

From the moment foreign investors enter Ukraine they face a “non-Western standard” business environment, confusing and unstable legislation, and...

Resolving M&A Disputes in Arbitration - Ukraine

Traditionally M&A transactions involving Ukrainian targets are structured in a specific way in order to reflect peculiarities of the Ukrainian...

Several Things to Keep in Mind for a Less Stressful Capital Markets Project - Ukraine

Capital markets projects always involve a significant amount of effort and stress from all parties of the process. Everybody has a common goal...

Crossing State Lines with Your Estate Plan

Moving to a new home probably means making long lists of Things to Do. If you’re moving across state lines, be sure to add an Estate Plan Review...

New Measures on Administration of Special Funds for the Development of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in China

On May 25th, 2012, the Ministry of Finance (“MOF”) and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”) of the People's Republic of...

Why Set Up a Freezone Company in the UAE?

Dubai is a well-respected pathway to the East, and since it became a financial hub, companies that engage in all types of business activities...

Veterans Benefits Can Provide Financial Security

As you are thinking about the quality of life that you will lead as a senior citizen, you must be pragmatic about your present-day actions....

Estate Planning for the GLBT Community

Marriage in the United States is much more than an emotional commitment between two people--it is an official status that comes with numerous...

Something is Not Right about My Parent

If you have recently lost a parent, you are undoubtedly going through the grieving process that follows such a deep loss. The loss of a parent...

The Future of Social Security

If you have worked hard all of your life, and are at the point where you are starting to think about your golden years you are probably counting...

What Happens When You Fail to Plan for the Possibility of Your Own Death

Death is not a popular topic for obvious reasons. Most of us prefer not to spend much time thinking about the possibility of dying, at least not...


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