Category: General

MediCAID Planning: What is it?

There comes a time in many middle-aged couple’s lives when one or both of them are faced with “making plans” for their elderly parents. If this hasn’t happened to you yet and your parents are still alive, keep reading! If you have friends who have elderly parents, please read and share this with them! If…
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Is Time Really on Your Side?

I have a hobby. I am a record collector. This past weekend I was playing some old Rolling Stones and the song “Time is on My Side” came on. I am sure you have heard the song- they didn’t write it, by the way, but they did make it famous. I imagine the band members…
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Building your own “Dream Team”!

Lots of folks get into Fantasy Football where they get to build their own team of players based upon each player’s unique skill-set and experience. It can be hours of fun for those who like this sort of thing. Whenever a person or a couple are considering their estate-planning, they need to consider building their…
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How to Save the Family Farm

A young woman came to us with a problem. Her grandmother lived on a farm in south Alabama that had been in her family for generations. Rumor had it that Stonewall Jackson had fought a battle on her property in the olden days. Her grandmother still lived there but her grandmother had been diagnosed with…
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What Makes Elder Law Attorneys Different?

If you based your assumptions about lawyers from what you see on TV, you might assume that all lawyers are wealthy, drive expensive cars, wear expensive suits, work in high-rise offices and spend a great deal of time carrying a brief case in one hand while talking on a cellphone with the other hand. You…
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So You Think You Already have a Will?

The majority of Americans don’t have a Will, but you may be one of those people who know the value of sound planning and have a Will. Congratulations! Some people consult a local attorney who can make specific recommendations and who knows the local law regarding probate and estate administration. The attorney has years of…
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What IS “AGING IN PLACE”?

Many of us take for granted that our home will always be where we live. For our elderly population though, there often comes a time when they can no longer live independently, and decisions have to be made about where to live where help is available. “Aging in Place” is the term given to the…
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It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark…

That’s right. Long before the first drop fell, Noah was hard at work, anticipating what was to come. Sure, he had divine knowledge of what the future held- he knew the rain was coming and a gully-washer was expected. He didn’t need for it to cloud up before he got to work. He knew it…
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Are your parents having to deal with collection calls?

Are your parents facing overwhelming debt? The debt could be from medical expenses. It could be from the high cost of living. It could be because a family-member committed elder financial abuse. Regardless of the reason, living on a fixed-income is tough. They don’t need the added stress of collection agencies nagging them. First, the…
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What the Heck is Probate (Part Three)

I recently summarized what the process of probate is and when it is required here in Alabama. This week I wanted to delve a little deeper into the process and discuss duties and a timeline of events. Last week I wrote Part Two, which detailed PROBATE, IF THERE IS A WILL. This week I will…
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