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Be Aware of the Dangers of Joint Accounts

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | May 16, 2024 | 0 Comments

Joint bank accounts serve as a useful estate planning tool for passing money to loved ones outside of probate and planning for disability. But while they can achieve these goals, and are useful in certain circumstances, joint accounts also present risks.

Avoiding Property Tax Foreclosures for Older Adults

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | May 09, 2024 | 0 Comments

If you are a homeowner who is falling behind on your real estate taxes, you may end up facing foreclosure on your property. Because your property taxes hinge on the value of your property, you may find your taxes rising beyond what you can afford. Before your situation becomes more serious, be su...

Securely Storing Your Legal Documents

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Apr 26, 2024 | 0 Comments

Among your key estate planning documents are your trust, will, living wills, powers of attorney, and medical directives. Securing these somewhere your survivors can easily access them is crucial. Consider storing other information, like birth certificates, marriage licenses, and medical records, in a secure spot as well.

Financial Planning: High-Net-Worth Wealth Transfer to Heirs

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Apr 22, 2024 | 0 Comments

No matter what your family dynamic, relationships between generations can come with trust issues and a lack of communication. More than ever, high-net-worth people try to foolproof the assets their children will inherit through trusts, charities, and foundations. Often, they'll collaborate with estate planning attorneys as well as investment or financial advisors to accomplish this.

AI and Obituaries: Did AI Write This Death Announcement?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Apr 18, 2024 | 0 Comments

With recent technological advancements, artificial intelligence can now generate many types of content – including obituaries. In some instances, AI-generated content may be a helpful tool for friends and family members struggling with the emotional process of creating a written tribute, but AI also presents some peculiar and even disturbing problems.

Navigating Disputes in Probate Court

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Mar 31, 2024 | 0 Comments

Most matters the probate courts handle, like admitting wills and assigning executors, are standard operating procedures and go uncontested. However, legal contests arising from a person’s death or mental capacity may lead to probate litigation over powers of attorney, will and trust contests, guardianships, and living wills.

Medicaid Spend Down: Pay for More Than Just Medical Bills

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Mar 25, 2024 | 0 Comments

You may not foresee yourself applying for Medicaid in the future. Yet in reality, research shows that roughly one in seven seniors are likely to require long-term care at some point later in life. Long-term care can be extremely costly; this is why many people have come to rely on the Medicaid benefits that cover these costs.

Who Does a Probate Attorney Represent: Executor or Heirs?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Mar 24, 2024 | 0 Comments

Whether you are an executor or an heir of the probate estate, knowing the probate lawyer’s role is essential. Consider it one of the first steps you should take at the beginning of the probate process. One of the biggest sources of conflict in probating an estate is understanding the role of the probate attorney.

Can Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Prevent Dementia?

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Dec 31, 2023 | 0 Comments

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), hearing loss affects one-third of older adults. As difficulty hearing can lead to communication challenges and social withdrawal, it can also increase the risk of dementia. Dementia includes diseases affecting memory, thinking, and the ability to perform daily activities and affects 55 million people worldwide, per the World Health Organization.

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