Our Top 10 Spookiest Articles of 2022 

2022 has been a bit of a frightening year, but not nearly as scary as recent years past! Since Halloween is in less than a week, it’s an ideal time to catch up on some of the scariest elder law, estate planning, and special needs … [Read more...]

Why Are So Many Young People Having Strokes?

Stroke prevention efforts are most often focused on older adults. That’s because 60% of strokes happen in adults 65 years and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many don’t realize that strokes are … [Read more...]

What if I Don’t Want a Funeral?

Q. When a family friend died last year, his family made it clear there wouldn’t be a traditional funeral service for him. At first I thought this was because of the pandemic, but now I’m not so sure. Instead, they held a … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Why Would Someone Want to Preplan Their Funeral?

Dear Angel, My father told me yesterday that he is preplanning and prepaying for his funeral. I just listened as he spoke, but didn’t ask any questions. It was such a serious topic that I didn’t want to look disrespectful by … [Read more...]

Naomi Judd Left Daughters Out of Her Will — Validity of Document Is Now Being Questioned

Naomi Judd, who struggled with severe depression for years, died by suicide at age 76 on April 30, 2022. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, musician Larry Strickland, and her two daughters, duo partner/country singer … [Read more...]

The Nightmare of Probate: Prince’s Estate Took Six Years to Settle

In 2016, the legendary musician and actor Prince died of a fentanyl overdose. He left behind an incredible legacy, significant assets, many relatives, and, unfortunately, no will and no trust. It took six years and tens of … [Read more...]

Is a Family Caregiver Entitled to Compensation from an Estate for Their Caregiving Services?

Q. I am the trustee of my parents’ trust. They have now both passed away. My brother helped perform minimal long-distance caregiving for them over the last five years, and he spent about a year and a half toward the end as a … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How to Make Siblings Feel Equal in Estate Planning

Dear Angel, Our adult children don’t get along very well. When we do estate planning, we want them to feel like they are equal, so more unnecessary strife does not occur when we are no longer around. What can we do to make them … [Read more...]

Problems with Beneficiary Designations

Q. Last week, you wrote about why inheritance sometimes goes unclaimed, and how it’s a lot less likely when you have a trust in place. I read something about the downsides of beneficiary designations naming individuals and how … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Benefits of Naming a Trust as an IRA Beneficiary

Dear Hayek, I am reconsidering who I should make the beneficiary for my IRA. I heard that there are some advantages to naming a trust instead of an individual. Is this true, and if so, why? Thanks for your help! Benny … [Read more...]

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