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What Are Veterans Death Benefits?

Although death benefits are available to veterans, as well as their families and veterans who did not engage in combat, less than half of those who are eligible for death benefits use them, according to the American Association of Retired People. Available veterans death benefits may include burial in a national cemetery, compensation for expenses, […]

Broaching the Sensitive Topic of Estate Planning

Broaching the Sensitive Topic of Estate Planning Estate planning is a crucial topic, but it’s often cloaked in sensitivity, especially when older loved ones feel that their finances are private matters. Knowing how to navigate this conversation respectfully and effectively is crucial. Why It Matters Having a will and comprehensive estate plan ensures that your […]

What Will Your 2024 Social Security Benefits Look Like?

In 2023, recipients of Social Security benefits saw the biggest increase in decades in their monthly checks. Although their payouts will indeed rise again in 2024, the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be more modest – just 3.2 percent, versus the nearly 9 percent boost in 2023. Does COLA Only Affect Retired Workers? Each fall, the […]

Medicare Part B Premiums, Deductibles Going Back Up in 2024

Medicare Part B Premiums, Deductibles Going Back Up in 2024 In 2023, seniors were happy to see their Medicare Part B standard monthly premiums and annual deductibles go down for the first time in more than a decade. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for 2024, when these charges will be back on the rise. In […]

What Is Elder Abuse? Elder Law Q&A

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What Is Elder Abuse? Elder Law Q&A Ten percent of adults 65 and older experience elder abuse each year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Elder abuse happens when a caregiver or another trusted individual causes physical, mental, or financial harm to an older adult by an act or omission Types of Elder […]

Understanding Powers of Attorney and Guardianships

Understanding Powers of Attorney and Guardianships If you’ve ever questioned the difference between guardianships and powers of attorney for seniors, you’re not alone. As a Mississippi elder lawyer attorney, I often field questions about these two distinct yet related legal mechanisms. Here’s an explanation to help you understand the nuances of each. Guardianships Explained Guardianships […]

How to Navigate Estate Planning When Living in Two States

Estate Planning Lawyer Explains How to Navigate Estate Planning When Living in Two States For many retirees, dividing time between two beloved locations is the dream. Known as “snowbirds,” these individuals enjoy northern US states in the summer before flocking to warmer climes come winter. While this lifestyle has many advantages, it can significantly impact […]

Managing Your Inheritance

A Probate Lawyer’s Guide to Managing Your Inheritance Inheriting assets is a mix of honor and responsibility. As a Mississippi probate lawyer, I’ve seen many people unprepared for the implications of managing their inheritance. The inclination to treat an inheritance as “bonus” money is common, but there are many pragmatic ways to use these funds […]

Filing for Divorce in Mississippi

Filing for Divorce in Mississippi? Why Updating Your Estate Plan is Crucial Going through a divorce is an emotionally charged, challenging process. Amid the whirlwind of legal proceedings, contacting an estate planning attorney might not be at the top of your to-do list—but it should be. A divorce, often referred to as dissolution of marriage, […]

Understanding ‘Community Spouse’ in Medicaid Context

Understanding ‘Community Spouse’ in Medicaid Context When navigating the intricacies of Medicaid, particularly when planning for long-term care, you’ll encounter terms that might be unfamiliar yet profoundly influential. One such term is “community spouse.” As your local Clinton, MS. elder law attorney, I’m here to demystify this concept and its implications for Medicaid eligibility and […]

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