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Understanding Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship: A Guide from an Elder Law Attorney

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As an elder law attorney, I’ve had the privilege of assisting families with various legal matters that pertain to their later years. One topic that often comes up is joint tenancy with rights of survivorship—an arrangement that can have significant implications for individuals and their loved ones. Let’s explore what joint tenancy with rights of […]

Mississippi: Why Not Just Use an Off-the-Shelf Financial Power of Attorney Form?

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A durable power of attorney is one of the most important legal documents you can have in estate planning. It allows you to appoint someone to act for you (your “agent” or “attorney-in-fact”) if you (the “principal”) become incapacitated. Without a power of attorney, your loved ones would not be able to make decisions for […]

Does Debt Die With You?

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When you die, your debts do not expire with you. Most debt still needs to be paid off, if possible. However, who is responsible for paying the debt depends on the type of debt, and some assets are protected from being used to satisfy a debt. Outstanding debt may include mortgages, credit card bills, car […]

Irrevocable Trusts: Using Estate Planning to Prepare for Medicaid

Long-term care involves not only a loss of personal autonomy; it also comes at a tremendous financial price. Proper planning can help your family prepare for the financial toll and protect assets for future generations. Rules of Medicaid Long-term care can be very expensive, especially around-the-clock nursing home care. Most people end up paying for […]

Mississippi Elder Lawyer: Happy Make-a-Will Month!

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Welcome to a month of empowerment, foresight, and a dash of legal creativity! It’s Make-a-Will Month, a time to shine a spotlight on a task that might seem daunting but is ultimately about ensuring your legacy lives on your terms. Let’s dive into the importance of this annual event and how it empowers you to […]

Your Will Can Protect Your Children With Disabilities

August signifies National Make-a-Will Month. For the one in five families who care for children with special needs, estate planning is crucial. Parents of a child with a disability face numerous challenges and concerns. One 2022 study found that getting sick stands among these parents’ biggest worries. about what will happen to their children if […]

What Is a Gun Trust?: Estate Planning Q&A with Elder Law Expert

According to Pew Research, 30 percent of adults in the United States report owning a firearm. Gun sales have risen in recent years, particularly during the Coronavirus pandemic. While many reported having weapons for protection and hunting, 6 percent owned guns that were family heirlooms. If you own a firearm of monetary or sentimental value, […]

2023 on Senior Health Report: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The 2023 Senior Report recently issued by America’s Health Rankings sheds light on the latest trends in the health and well-being of older Americans. Highlighting the good news – and the bad – for aging adults in the U.S., the findings call attention to some of the greatest needs facing seniors in recent years. For […]

Navigating Evolving Healthcare Directives: Elder Law in the Modern Landscape

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In the realm of elder law, where legal frameworks intersect with the complex needs of our aging population, current events continue to shape the landscape. One pressing topic that demands our attention is the evolution of healthcare directives, an essential aspect of ensuring the well-being and autonomy of our seniors. The Importance of Healthcare Directives […]

Seizing the Greatest Wealth Transfer in History: Empowering Your Legacy with Estate Planning

The world is on the brink of witnessing the most substantial wealth transfer in history. As the Baby Boomer generation gracefully passes the torch to younger heirs, an estimated $68 trillion is projected to change hands over the coming decades. This unparalleled transfer of wealth presents both opportunities and challenges for families and society at […]

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