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Co-op and transferring to the kids

Will Gifting Conflict with Medicaid?

Posted on: September 10, 2022 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Understanding the different treatment of gifts by the IRS, Medicaid and VA systems can ensure that property passes as expected.
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Siblings may fight after you are gone

Why Do Siblings Fight after Death of a Parent?

Posted on: September 9, 2022 | By: David Parker, Esq.
There is no legal requirement that anyone give anyone else money or property when they pass.  The law says that as long as you understand what you’re doing, you can give your assets to anyone you feel like giving them to, equal or not.
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Did Naomi Judd Leave Her Children Out of Estate Plan?

Posted on: September 8, 2022 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Naomi Judd left her daughters, performers Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd, out of her will according to multiple reports.
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New IRS portability rules

IRS Extends Portability Election Option Deadline from Two to Five Years

Posted on: September 7, 2022 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Portability allows spouses to combine their exemption from estate and gift tax. This allows a surviving spouse to use the unused estate tax emption of the deceased spouse.
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DIY v an estate planning attorney

The Risks of Creating Your Own Estate Plan

Posted on: September 6, 2022 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Even Consumer Reports suggests working with an experienced estate planning attorney to make sure documents are correctly prepared.
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New rules for Hearing Aids .

Wayward Senior Tracked by Bluetooth Technology

Posted on: September 2, 2022 | By: David Parker, Esq.
An elderly man in Hernando County is back safe and sound with his family after being found through a tracking device planted by his wife.
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Open enrollment mistakes

Scammers Try to Take Senior for a Ride

Posted on: September 1, 2022 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Email scammers sent an Uber to the home of an 80-year-old woman who responded to a well-timed email scam, in a bid to make sure she went to the bank and wired money to the fraudsters.
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Can an annuity work in an estate plan?

HIPAA and Key Documents Before Sending Your Child Off to College

Posted on: August 31, 2022 | By: David Parker, Esq.
A critical item is often missing from back-to-school college checklists — and it could be far more valuable than anything else your student takes to school this fall: signed legal documents.
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What wrong with the Presley estate?

Actress Helen McCory Leaves Money in Trust

Posted on: August 30, 2022 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Helen McCrory had a huge net worth at the time of her death.
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How does Portability work?

Some States Have Tough Estate and Inheritance Taxes

Posted on: August 29, 2022 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Federal estate taxes are no longer a problem for all but the extremely wealthy. However, several states have their own estate taxes and inheritance taxes that could still hit your heirs.
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