Category Archives: Elder Law

Podcast: Attorney Emily Crim discusses estate planning for same-sex couples

Click here to listen to Emily Crim’s recent podcast on estate planning for same-sex couples, as part of Mirick O’Connell’s On Air with Mirick O’Connell podcast series.

Posted in COVID-19, Elder Law, Estate Planning

Protecting the Elderly: Coronavirus and Nursing Homes

The daily headlines are filled with horrific stories describing hundreds of coronavirus deaths at nursing homes across the country. The most vulnerable in the country are the elderly and those with underlying health issues. Nursing homes, by their very nature, … Continue reading

Posted in COVID-19, Elder Law

Couples: 5 Reasons to Review Your Estate Plan

I see about 500 new individuals or couples every year to talk about their estate plan. Occasionally, I find couples who have done no planning at all. In the vast majority of cases, though, people have a plan. It just … Continue reading

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THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS: CHANGES TO LONG-TERM CARE AND ESTATE PLANNING

Over the past few weeks, our country has been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. For seniors and those with disabilities, this health crisis is particularly challenging and scary. Recently, there have been changes to the Medicaid program and guidance … Continue reading

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Planning During the Last Year of Your Life

Thanks to modern technology and medical advances, the chances of detection of a chronic illness are much greater than they were say in the 1970s; the likelihood of living a bit longer and enjoying that extra time also outweighs that … Continue reading

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Sick? Call Your Doctor – Then Call Your Lawyer

This past month two different people called (neither of them were an existing client) with the same story. Each one had a relative close to death and wanted to know if there was anything that should be done.  In each … Continue reading

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How “Waiving the Will” Could Affect You

In the spring, as part of a my seminar series, I will be presenting “Elder Law for Couples,” in which I will discuss the ins and outs of estate planning for seniors. One of the new issues is a new … Continue reading

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It’s Tax Time Again – Here Are Four Quick Tips

If you or your spouse is chronically ill, here are four quick tips to consider if you itemize deductions on your income tax returns: LONG TERM CARE INSURANCE PREMIUMS ARE USUALLY DEDUCTIBLE. They are part of your medical expense deduction.  … Continue reading

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Upcoming Elder Law Legal Clinics

Below is a listing for two of my upcoming programs.  Contact your local Council on Aging for more information and to register. If you miss a program, you may always watch them on your local cable access station or on my … Continue reading

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Things to Consider When Trying to Avoid Probate

Probate is the court process of determining who gets your assets when you die.  A Will does not avoid probate, but it governs who will get your assets owned in your sole name.  To avoid probate, you need to structure … Continue reading

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