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The Untold Benefits of Estate Planning REAL TALK WARNING!

December 19th, 2018 (No Comments)

  Most of the benefits of estate planning are pretty obvious. People go to an estate planning attorney because they want to determine how their property will pass after their death. What is not obvious, however, is the residual benefits of the estate planning process. Namely, the reflection on one’s life, the consideration of one’s […]

Who Do You Trust?

November 12th, 2018 (No Comments)

  Who Do You Trust? A common theme that permeates estate planning is the need to have a clear idea of who you unconditionally trust. When you create a will, you must appoint an executor; when you create a trust, you must appoint a trustee; and when you create a power of attorney, you must […]

What Happens if You Die Without a Will?

November 12th, 2018 (No Comments)

  What Happens if You Die Without a Will?  “The responsible thing to do is to make sure you have a will in place before you pass.” I am sure just about every adult in the US has been told that statement. But why is it important to have a will? What happens if you […]

Look Back Period

November 12th, 2018 (No Comments)

Elder Law Report Look Back Periods      Medicaid can be a scary time for families. If someone needs Medicaid it’s likely they’re searching for help with Long Term Care, Nursing Home or Assisted Living Care and how to save their hard-earned money and property while doing so. They are hoping Medicaid will step in […]

In-Home Care with Helping Hands

November 12th, 2018 (No Comments)

Elder Law Report In-Home Care with Helping Hands   In the Limelight: Sarah Callahan Dixon from the Gastonia branch of Helping Hands. Can you tell me about Helping Hands? SD– Helping Hands Nursing Referral Service has a main office in Shelby and we opened the Gastonia location this past July. The company was started in […]

Do You Need to Worry about Estate Taxes?

November 12th, 2018 (No Comments)

Do You Need to Worry About Estate Taxes?   Here at McIntyre Elder Law we handle a lot of testamentary gifts, be it through a will or trust. And, a question we get all the time is “will I or my heirs have to pay estate or gift taxes?” The answer is usually “no”. To […]

Stop Using a Power of Attorney Once Someone Has Passed Away

November 12th, 2018 (No Comments)

Stop Using a Power of Attorney Once Someone Has Passed Away      I’m talking about using a power of attorney after the person passes away. STOP DOING IT! A power of attorney is a document where you appoint someone as your agent, called an attorney in-fact, to act as you. A General Durable POA […]

WHY would you trust your life to a fill-in-the-blanks Document?

November 12th, 2018 (No Comments)

I know I’m going to make some people mad about this but let me tell you why I think fill-in-the-blank         documents are absolutely horrible. A Living Will for example, is a document that decides if you live or die. Whether you are terminal, incurable or brain death has occurred and you are being maintained by […]

RE: New Rules Issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs

November 8th, 2018 (No Comments)

  Dear _____, Effective October 18, 2018, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has new rules regarding the eligibility of applicants applying for pension. These benefits are available to wartime Veterans and surviving spouses of wartime Veterans who are disabled and/or have additional medical needs. There are also financial limitations, which are discussed in more […]

Summary of Changes to the VA Pension Eligibility Rules

November 8th, 2018 (No Comments)

     On October 18, 2018, new rules regarding eligibility for VA pension were implemented by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  The new rules are quite comprehensive, however, they also provide more opportunities to qualify for these important benefits. The major changes are outlined below. Lookback and penalty period.There is now a look-back period […]

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