When Should I Update My Power of Attorney?

Q. I’ve had a Power of Attorney in place for two decades now. I have moved since then and have had several life-changing events occur. I’m wondering in what instances should someone update their Power of Attorney? What happens if … [Read more...]

Does Morphine Hasten Death?

Q. My mother is 82 and has dementia. Her condition has gotten worse and hospice has been suggested. I have heard that hospice often involves administering morphine to the patient to make them more comfortable. Does morphine hasten … [Read more...]

How Do FDIC Insurance Coverage Limits Apply When It Comes to Trusts?

Q. I saw a sign about FDIC insurance at the bank yesterday and it got me to thinking about our family’s trust, and I was hoping you could provide some clarification. My understanding is that the FDIC insures up to $250,000 per … [Read more...]

When A Trust is Ambiguous

Q. I have been married to my second husband, Tony, for 10 years. We have two children together and three from both of our previous marriages. I am very close with my mother-in-law, Isabella who recently moved in with us and helps … [Read more...]

Does my Life Estate Qualify for Real Estate Tax Relief?

Q. My mom has owned a home in Fairfax County for over 20 years. Last year she came to your firm and did an irrevocable Medicaid Asset Protection Trust. Your firm deeded her house into the trust, but had her keep a life estate in … [Read more...]

What Do Different Generations Care Most About in Their Estate Planning?

Q. My daughter, Abby, is 30 and newly married. Similar to many of her friends, Abby and her husband decided to do their estate planning because the coronavirus got them thinking about their mortality. It got me and my husband, who … [Read more...]

When You Inherit Unexpectedly

Q. When my sister-in-law, Erin, got her 23 and Me results in the mail a couple years ago, she was surprised to find out that she is Scottish, Irish, German, and almost a quarter Native American. Since then, she has connected with … [Read more...]

Do Middle Class People Set Up Trust Funds?

Q. My mother is considering setting up trust funds for her grandchildren, hoping to give them a solid head start on adulthood when the time comes. She would like to provide them with guaranteed financial security later in life and … [Read more...]

Help Me Get Rid of This Timeshare Please!

Q. My aunt Helen left me a timeshare thinking she was doing me a favor. She always said I should travel more often, since I rarely go anywhere. Now, I have this timeshare and I still don’t travel (I’m a homebody, and that will … [Read more...]

If You Needed a Ventilator, Would You Really Want One?

Q. My niece, Rebecca, was hospitalized with coronavirus last month and was placed on a ventilator. When her temperature was quite high and her oxygen levels were low and she needed life-saving measures, she didn’t have an advance … [Read more...]