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What doesn't Medicare cover.

What Will Happen to Jeffrey Epstein’s Will?

Posted on: September 16, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Two days before he died in what was ruled a suicide in a Manhattan jail cell, Jeffrey Epstein signed a will that put all of his holdings into a trust.
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An elder law attorney can help with paying for a nursing home

When Do I Need a Power of Attorney?

Posted on: September 13, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
In the absence of a durable power of attorney, who has the right to sign for an incapacitated person?
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What doesn't Medicare cover.

Understanding Why a Last Will and Testament is Important

Posted on: September 12, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Everyone knows what a will is. However, do you know the importance of having one? What does this document mean and what are the reasons why you should prepare a will? What happens to your money and property, if you don’t have one?
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HIPAA rules

Over-Medication of Nursing Home Residents

Posted on: September 11, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
In addition to the assault on the resident’s dignity and the administration of drugs without informed consent, the misuse of anti-psychotic drugs can kill a senior, particularly one who suffers from dementia.
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Get the Facts About Dementia Care

Posted on: September 10, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
The Alzheimer’s Association created practice recommendations for nursing homes and assisted living facilities that offer dementia care for residents.
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Is there a step-up-in-basis for real estate?

How Do I Get an Executor to Sell My Mom’s Home?

Posted on: September 9, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
If the will does not specifically provide a bequest of the home and the will says everything goes 50/50 to you and your sister, then the executor has the right and responsibility to sell the home to carry out the bequest.
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Big COLA increase in 2023

What's the Difference Between a Life Estate and an Irrevocable Trust?

Posted on: September 6, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Whether you’re preparing your estate to pass on to loved ones or helping guide a parent in that process, estate law can be tricky and unfamiliar ground. One of the most important aspects of estate preparations is figuring out what to do with one’s home and property.
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Talk to your parents about their estate plan

Are You Considering the Impact of Your Estate Plan on your Heirs?

Posted on: September 5, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Unless you take your heirs' wishes, taxes and interests into consideration in your plans, you could be committing some serious unforced errors with your estate.
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Medical Health Care Directive -Preparing for the Legal and Medical Aspects of End-of-Life

Posted on: September 4, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
We plan for so many transitions in life: births, graduations, weddings, retirement and moves. We want these transitions to go smoothly and be as comfortable and easy as possible.
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Bruce Springsteen sold his music catalog

Blended Family? Second Time Down the Aisle? Make Sure Estate Plan Is Ready

Posted on: September 3, 2019 | By: David Parker, Esq.
The first thing to realize is that as soon as you marry, your spouse is granted certain inheritance rights under law. However, these rights of inheritance can be waived or modified by using an anti-nuptial agreement, or as its more commonly known, a pre-nuptial agreement.
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