"If you light a lamp for someone, it will also brighten your own path." - Buddhist Proverb Mentorships are mutually advantageous for both the mentee and mentor, particularly in a field as complex and demanding as law. Professional women have been...
Many folk have large retirement accounts. According to the Investment Company Institute 2016 Yearbook, in 2015, members of 60% of US households had invested $24 trillion in retirement market assets, including IRA’s, 401k’s, 403b’s, Simple IRAs, and others. This...
In order to obtain certification as an Elder Law attorney from the National Elder Law Foundation,1 a candidate must achieve several goals. One most often discussed is the certifying examination. This six-hour exam has 300 possible points. In prior...
Caring for and keeping a cognitively impaired person safe challenges every assumption about what a person might or might not do. As Elder Law of East Tennessee’s Care Coordinator I hear frightening stories from some of our clients’ families....
If you’ve perused much on our website, you are aware that there are two distinct Power of Attorney roles: a General Power of Attorney, which gives an agent authority to conduct business for an individual, and a Health Care...
It goes without saying that, if asked, most people prefer to age in place. That means that folks want to stay where they are and don’t want to move. Sometimes the homes we choose when we are healthy and...
As I write this article, I am on an airplane heading to southwest Florida to visit my 86 year old mother, a retired flight attendant for TWA. My mother flew international routes during the 1950s and 60s when air...
IRAs are becoming a common asset in estate plans, sometimes the largest asset of the estate. They can, however, be a tax trap for the unwary. Inherited IRAs are treated differently depending on the age of the decedent and...
You have been dreading it, but you know when they reach a certain age it is time to have “The Talk”. You know the choices they make (or do not make) now are critical to their future health and...
A Dangerous Place for Those Who Don’t Know the Rules It’s called a “Sweetheart Will.” A man in his eighties leaves everything to his wife—his $100,000 IRA, a $20,000 savings account and the couple’s home. His wife is suffering from...