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Why SSI and SSDI Claims Receive Rejection

Before you spend time and effort on the application process for federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), consider some of the major disqualifiers. Eligible individuals can benefit from both programs though they have distinct differences. The…

Your Estate Plan Should Include These Things

What is an estate plan? According to Meriam Webster, the legal definition of estate planning is "the arranging for the disposition and management of one's estate at death through the use of wills, trusts, insurance policies, and other devices." All…

How Can an Elder Law Attorney Help You?

An elder law attorney advocates for and creates legal plans for older and disabled individuals in order to help them live a better life. Elder law may include planning for retirement, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, long-term care planning, estate…

Avoid These Estate Planning Mistakes

A lot of Americans perceive estate planning as a chore they can do once and then file until they die. However, without realizing the potential consequences, many people will change beneficiaries on their accounts or make gifts during their lifetime…

Legal Documents You Need to Have

As we age, we are more likely to have diminished mental capacity or declining health, so it is important to create an estate plan to protect ourselves and our loved ones. We need to make sound decisions regarding our finances…

How Life Insurance is Involved in Your Estate Plan

At first glance, life insurance may not seem to have any bearing on your estate plan, but it can be a crucial part of it. There are numerous other benefits to owning a life insurance policy aside from providing a large…

DIY Wills: Problems and Solutions

If properly written, a will addresses who receives your assets and properties after your death. Your will names a personal representative (executor) who will carry out your wishes.  In addition to asset distribution, your executor makes a public notice of…

Ask Your Elder Law Attorney These Questions

While estate planning can be difficult and emotional, it is vital to wisely manage your assets and provide for your family members as you age. Your elder law attorney knows how to create an estate plan strategy that addresses these…

A Guide to Probate

ABA defines probate as the legal process that formally recognizes a will and appoints a personal representative (executor) to administer the estate for intended beneficiaries.  Navigating the probate process will vary according to state law. Therefore, it is good to…

Elder Law versus Estate Planning

There are some overlaps between estate planning and elder law, but both are equally important to protect yourself and your family. The two terms tend to go hand in hand, but there are some differences. The biggest difference is that elder…

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