The Value of Hiring an Elder Law Attorney

By Dana Perry, CELA and Ryan Barry, Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel Families coping with both the emotional and legal complexities associated with long term elder care face a unique yet serious set of challenges.  As a result, many individuals facing...

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How to protect qualified accounts from creditors, predators, youth, and inexperience

The Problem – and the Opportunity On a regular basis, estate planning attorneys encounter clients who have successfully accumulated large amounts in qualified retirement plans.  These qualified monies may be sitting in individual retirement accounts (IRA's), or they may be...

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Financial Decision Making

After you have completed your Health Care Decision-making documents, the next step in your Aging Preparedness Kit is to prepare a Power of Attorney for financial matters. A Power of Attorney is a written document in which you, as...

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End of Life Decisions

Most people have been told that if a paramedic is summoned to their home for an emergency, the paramedics must take any and all necessary procedures to cause the person to keep breathing until transported to the hospital.  In...

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Coordinating Your Will and Your IRA Beneficiary

Dear Mr. Premack: My husband and I have been married for many years but we each have two grown children from our first marriages. All of the assets we have now were accumulated during this second marriage and we...

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Top Estate Planning Concerns for Individuals Age 55 and Over

Estate planning is generally important to individuals of all ages, but America's Baby Boomer population has most certainly entered the age group where such planning becomes of great importance.  This Article gives a brief overview of several considerations that...

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Brain Death

Dear Mr. Premack: I am one of your dedicated senior readers. I heard the debate between the four Republican candidates for lieutenant governor, and am wondering how their comments about changing the artificial life support law in Texas might...

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