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What is in Diahann Carroll’s Estate?

Posted on: October 28, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Actress and singer Diahann Carroll changed the face of American entertainment as we know it, by breaking barriers for African-American celebrities.
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special needs planning

Special Needs Family Requires Special Planning

Posted on: October 25, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
As our children with disabilities grow older, and we ourselves grow older, the future can seem daunting. The future can be overwhelming.
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What doesn't Medicare cover.

Have Your Will Done? That’s Not An Estate Plan

Posted on: October 24, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Every adult should have a will in order to determine property distribution after death. However, a will is limited in what it can do. Too often, a will cannot accomplish what you need or even expect it to do.
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Estate Planning and divorce

If You’re Going to Die, You Need an Estate Plan

Posted on: October 23, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Estate planning sounds like you need to be of nobility and own country estates before it applies to you. However, estate planning only means that you are making a plan for when you pass away or are no longer able to make good decisions for yourself.
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Big COLA increase in 2023

If My Mom Wants to Give Me Her House, Is It Better to Inherit or Buy It?

Posted on: October 22, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
It is very common for parents in later years to consider gifting their home or other real estate to their children during their lifetime
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Co-op and transferring to the kids

Mark Twain’s Estate Plan Went South, Despite His Efforts

Posted on: October 21, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks, they came together, they must go out together.’
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New rules for Hearing Aids .

When Should I Start Looking into Long-Term Care Insurance?

Posted on: October 18, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Healthcare can be a daunting prospect for seniors, namely because health issues can creep up as people age, and because Medicare comes with a lot of hidden costs that seniors aren't well-prepared for. However, if there's one health-related expense that can really catch retirees off-guard, it's none other than long-term care.
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Talk to your parents about their estate plan

How Will New Legislation Update Supplemental Social Security?

Posted on: October 17, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are looking to significantly increase that ceiling, with a bill introduced this month that would raise SSI’s asset limit to $10,000 for an individual and $20,000 for couples.
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S. Martin Gordon has retired. David Parker has taken over.

Posted on: October 16, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
From the Desk of S. Martin Gordon attorney at law I wanted to share some recent news with you, my dear client. I have decided to merge my practice, S. Martin Gordon with my colleague, David Parker of the Parker Law Firm. The website address gordontrustlaw will shut down. As I considered the future, I […]
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What doesn't Medicare cover.

Must Spend Down an IRA Before I Can Apply for Medicaid?

Posted on: October 16, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Can a nursing home make a person who is in the home liquidate money in an IRA and spend it down to pay for care, before they can apply for Medicaid?
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