A New York Appeals court recently affirmed the State's Medicaid division's decision to deny Medicaid eligibility to the beneficiary of a trust, arguing that the trust gave the trustee too much discretionary authority. The case underscores the need to have an experienced attorney familiar with local Medicaid rules, draft trust documents where protecting Medicaid eligibility … Continue reading Too much trustee discretion prevents elderly beneficiary from Medicaid eligibility.
At some point in our lives we may ask ourselves: “If I die and have debt, who or what will be responsible for paying back those I owe?” One survey from Experian found that 73% of Americans are likely to die with debt. Another from Credit.com found that 73% of people who died between October … Continue reading Dying with Debt
A woman fighting for her multi-million dollar inheritance might have to forfeit the entire fortune to charity thanks to a poorly-written will — a case that has raised questions about the rights of unmarried gay couples and their children. Jill Morris, died of breast cancer in 2016 at age 84 and left a multi-million dollar … Continue reading Daughter of woman whose partner predeceased her mother by 12 days, in court fight over inheritance.
Attorney Brett Hebert, with the national law firm, Gordon Rees, recently wrote an article on the firm's blog regarding the admissibility of certain correspondence in estate litigation cases. A typical situation we see involves an elderly person who begins to show signs of losing mental capacity. Then an unscrupulous person “enters” the life of the … Continue reading Prior Correspondence: A Key Tool in Preparing Your Estate Dispute Case for Trial | Estate Conflicts
Unmarried couples, face a variety of problematic and emotionally difficult issues because estate planning laws are written to favor married couples
Contrary to popular belief, older investors have as much of an appetite for impact investing as their younger counterparts. Articulating social impact is not only about measuring an investment’s good in the near term but showing (particularly older) investors how their capital can leave its mark long after they’re gone. Fund managers who may be … Continue reading Older Investors Also Want to Know the Impact of Impact Investing
The emotional stress of dealing with one’s impending death due to a terminal illness like cancer, AIDS, etc., is further compounded by the customary increase in medical bills and a likely reduction in earning capacity. A person owning life insurance policies may have several options for reducing some of his or her financial concerns. Methods … Continue reading Life Insurance Options for the Terminally Ill