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Millionaire Football Star Died Without a Will

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Mississippi native and football legend Steve McNair died without a will, leaving the handling of his estate to the intestacy laws of Tennessee, the Tennesseeian reports.  His widow's petition to open the estate only identifies herself and their two sons, but omits his two other sons from a previous marriage.  Under Tennessee law, his surviving […]

Qualifying for Medicaid in Mississippi

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The following is a video blog post that reviews the requirements for qualifying for Mississippi Medicaid benefits.

Michael Jackson’s Will Tells Us a Lot by Telling Us Very Little

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The Will of Michael Jackson was filed in Los Angeles Probate court yesterday.  Michael Jackson's Will.  From the will we really learn very little about the ultimate distribution of Jackson's large estate.  The entire estate is payable into the Michael Jackson Family Trust.  It appears that this "Family Trust" is a revocable living trust, given […]

Celebrities Die Just Like the Rest of Us, Only with more Public Disputes

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Last week saw the sad loss of 4 entertainment icons.  Some of my earliest memories of TV with my fatherat the age of 4 were of watching Ed McMahon as Johnny Carson's loyal sidekick.  Farrah Fawcett was, of course, my favorite Angel every Wednesday night, even if only for a single season (but my mother […]

Medicaid will Stop Provider Payments

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In a letter to Medicaid providers, such as nursing homes, dated June 19, 2009, the Division of Medicaid announced that, due to the state's budget crisis, it was out of money and would cease all provider payments until it received funding.  The letter points to a $39 million shortfall in current budgeting.  Once providers notify […]

Make the Children Pay?

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One writer recently speculated that states could begin looking to children to pay for the Nursing Home and other medical expenses incurred by their parents and paid by Medicaid.  Article here.  Specifically, the suggestion is that Miss. Code Ann. Sec. 43-31-25 be used to require reimbursement from children for the nursing home or other Medicaid […]

Medicaid on Twitter?

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The Communications office at the Mississippi Division of Medicaid is apparently on Twitter.  @Medicaid_Truth.  Posts seem to be somewhat political in nature, although I applaud the agency's attempt to use new technology to communicate.  Technology leadership has not been my experience with my usual dealings with Medicaid.  Thanks to for the story. 

Joint Tenancy in Estate Property

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Occasionally the issue of joint tenancy arises in an estate, usually in the context of bank accounts.  The common fact pattern is as follows:  Parent names one child as joint owner on his/her checking account for convenience, so that the child can assist with paying bills for the parent.  The Parent has language in his/her […]

The Imporance of Adequate Planning (and a good forfieture clause)

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I am witting this post while sitting in the Chancery Courthouse of Leake County, Mississippi, waiting for my turn before the judge to get an order signed.  The matter in front of mine illustrates the importance of adequate estate planning.  The case involved a lawsuit between the niece of a decedent and the decedent's wife.  […]

Post Death Conflict over Account Beneficiaries Can be Avoided

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Over the past several weeks I have had occasion to address an all too common circumstance surrounding surprise beneficiary designations. Unfortunately, these "suprises" usually only become known at the death of the account owner when the surviving spouse or children seek to claim benefits they were expecting, only to discover that the beneficiary designation contains […]

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