Author Archives: "Tara"

Legal Competency: When Is It Too Late to Create a Will, Trust or POA?
In elder law, I am frequently advising adult children who suddenly find themselves in a place where they need to help an aging parent. When parents end up falling behind on medical bills, or their decision making isn’t what it once was, as it pertains to their medical care, the topic of transitioning control over their personal affairs can be challenging. Unfortunately, signing a power of attorney (POA) over to their children can be seen as a loss of...

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What are the Steps Involved with the Probate Process?
Probate is the process involved in passing a deceased person’s property to their heirs or beneficiaries named in the decedent’s will.  The court process differs from state to state.  Generally, the following steps are included: Filing the will and petition with the probate court appointing an executor or personal representative. You will need to find out everything the deceased owned so you can file an Inventory (list) with the court. Any bills or bequests should be paid from a...

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Elder Law Attorneys
Elder law attorneys define their practice by the type of people they help. Like Aging Life Care Professionals, they help families to maximize the independence and quality of life of elderly people. I can help families accomplish this while best utilizing and protecting life savings. They make sure that the elderly receive whatever help or care they may need in ways that best employ family and government resources. Working with me as your Elder Law attorney offers the family and...

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Things You Need To Know About Legal Guardianship
One of the parent’s greatest fears is they won’t be able to take care of their children. Guardianship laws vary from state to state and I am well versed in guardianship law. What Do You Mean By a Legal Guardianship? Legal guardianship is a status that enables a person to act on behalf of a minor until the time legal adulthood is reached. A number of states have laws which name the parents of a minor as legal guardian of the...

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Choosing the Right Executor
For a wide number of people, the Last Will and Testament is the basis of an estate plan. If you are considering a Will, undoubtedly, you’ll have to make diverse decisions. At this point, you ponder on the estate distribution assets and other provisions of your Will. Besides, there is another equally important decision to make when you prepare your Will, who to appoint as your Executor. A majority of people make the mistake of appointing their loved one...

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Is Guardianship Necessary For Disabled Person?
There is an extensive range of opinions with regards to guardianship for incapacitated adults. While a majority of people identify how essential it is that minors and physically challenged persons have somebody in place for representing their interests, there are numerous people who see these guardianships not a perfect solution for the adults who are disabled because of an illness or injury. The reality is that having guardianship plan in place is necessary for a disabled person if he...

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Estate Planning Documents: How Important Are They?
Estate planning documents are the only way to guarantee that your estate is managed according to your desires. This includes the time from when you may lose your mental abilities, to after your demise when your estate transfers to the individuals you have designated as beneficiaries. Being an experienced Elder Law Attorney in Wisconsin, I’m often asked about how much harm outdated estate planning documents can be. And my answer to all of them is the same: a lot. The...

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The Importance of Hiring an Elder Law Attorney for Probate
An Elder Law Attorney helps the executor of the estate manage the probate process. In other words, I help deal with the legal issues as they arise after an individual passes. An Elder Law Attorney can help to minimize family conflicts Probate can be a period of major clashes in families, particularly when the terms of a Will are less favourable than one or more beneficiaries may wish. I can decrease these pressures and make a smoother probate process for everyone...

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Why Do People Drag Their Feet When It Comes To Estate Planning?
Most people avoid consulting with an attorney when they should be planning for the future. As such, they tend to postpone the task of making an estate plan. There are numerous reasons why people wait to converse with an estate planning attorney with regards to making an estate plan. The Reasons Let’s have a look at a list of reasons why people avoid estate planning: People Don’t Want To Think About Serious Illness or Death People don’t prefer to even...

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What happens to your Assets if you die without a will
What happens to your Assets if you die without a will?
You work hard your whole life saving and investing to have a great retirement.  If you were not able to spend all your money before your death, you want to make sure those hard-earned assets are passed to intended family members and/or friends.  Without a Will, your assets could be left to your State of domicile. When a person dies without a Will it is called intestate. Your property will pass through the probate process and the courts will decide...

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