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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Finding the Estate Planning Attorney Who's Right For You

Selecting an estate planning attorney can be overwhelming.  Here are some pointers to help you make the right choice.

Qualifications.  It is fair to question an attorney as to how they developed their estate planning expertise.  Often attorneys who are transitioning, or trying to expand their practice, present themselves as an estate planning attorney although they might have little experience.  Ask how many trusts have   you drafted?  Do you hold any advanced degrees?  To which professional associations do you belong?  Keep in mind that it is impossible to be an expert in all areas of the law.


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Friday, March 11, 2016

Special Needs Trusts

If you are the parents of a child with special needs such as a mental or physical disability, you face the challenge of providing for them while you are alive, as well as seeing that they are taken care of after you are gone.  The expenses of caring for a family member with special needs can be overwhelming, and ongoing medical care may not be covered by private insurance plans.  State and local governments offer assistance, but it is subject to strict financial eligibility requirements.  So what can a parent of a child with special needs do (or not do), to assure adequate care throughout their lifetime, yet not disqualify them from government assistance?

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