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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Housing For The Elderly


The hunt for a good living situation is especially challenging for senior citizens.   Elders often face many limitations due to poor or failing health, low income, and medical expenses, in a time where the cost of living has skyrocketed.  However, there are resources available for seniors. 


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

What To Expect When Probating A Will


In Alabama, there are multiple steps involved with the probate of a will.  First, it is important to gather as much information about the testator, the person who drafted the will, as possible, prior to your attempt at submitting the will to court.  Often times, the testator names the person he or she would like to take care of the estate upon his or her death.  In order to put the will through the probate process, the designated individual, or executor, must locate the decedent’s last known residence and obtain certain documents, such as a “certified copy” of the testator’s death certificate, the original will, and codicils to the will.  

Additionally, various petitions to the probate court must be made in order for probate to begin and for “Letters Testamentary” to be issued.


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Monday, August 8, 2016

Probate! continued......


In the last session we talked about probate in general. What is it, why is it important and when it becomes necessary. This installment is going to go a little deeper into the process though, so our Alabama readers will know what to do when that time comes.

After a person has died, their family sometimes meets with an attorney to discuss what to do to "settle the estate" of the dearly-departed. This conversation can take one of three different paths:

1.
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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Veteran's Benefits- What You Need To Know!


As an accredited attorney for the US Veteran's Administration, I work with many veterans and families to assist in obtaining a wide variety of VA benefits. While there are well over 10,000 attorneys in the state of Alabama, only a couple of hundred or so have been accredited with the VA, so before you walk away from a veteran's benefit, be sure that whoever is advising you knows what they are talking about.

 While the VA offers a wide range of medical and healthcare benefits, burial benefits and of course, educational and home loan benefits, the one that seems to get the most attention is the one people call "Aid and Attendance" , sometimes called "Aid and Assistance" but never called by its real name, the "Improved Pension Benefit". Whatever you call it, this benefit will pay an eligible married veteran up to $2,120 per month in tax-free installments that are direct-deposited to his checking account. For unmarried vets the monthly installment is $1,788.
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Monday, August 1, 2016

Probate! What is it anyway?


Probate- the word confounds many people. They have heard that probate is something to avoid at all costs, like poison ivy or salmonella. They have heard speakers rail about probate in seminars and on TV, but they only have a vague notion about what exactly probate really is. Let's fix that, shall we?

 Probate is a term used to describe a process that controls how a person's estate (his or her stuff) passes after death to family, friends and charity. It is important to note that each state handles the process differently, so I am only talking about Probate in Alabama here.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

2nd Marriage? Better Read This!


Couples who choose to marry a second time usually enter the covenant of marriage with a completely different perspective than they had on that first go-round. If each partner has children from the previous marriage(s), they have a built-in conflict brewing even if they don't realize it. Your new spouse may love you but he (or she) is most likely more devoted to his or her own children than to the ones you brought with you. It is difficult for families to acknowledge this fact, and yet, if you died first, it is very likely that her children will come out better than your children. That is, unless you take the time to sit down with an Estate-planning attorney to review all of the possibilities.
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Monday, July 18, 2016

OVER 65? Been Denied for Long-Term Care Insurance?


Over 65?

 

HAVE YOU BEEN DENIED LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE

 

OR

 

IS THE COST JUST TOO PROHIBITIVE?

 

 THERE IS A “PLAN B”! If you are concerned about the devastating costs of long-term care and do not have long-term care insurance, you owe it to yourself to learn your options.

 

For those who cannot qualify or for budget reasons choose not to apply, PLAN B is the best option for them. PLAN B, if put in place soon enough, will protect a family’s life-savings from the devastating costs of long-term care!

 

Statistics say that 50% of us over age 65 will spend time in a skilled care facility where the costs are over $7,000 per month! This expense is not covered by Medicare, TriCare or Blue Cross. Don’t kid yourself- you or your spouse might have to move there, despite your wishes to the contrary! How will you pay for this without a plan? That is where PLAN B comes into action.

 

The average stay in a nursing home can exceed 3 years.
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Have You Been Denied Medicaid?

If your loved one is in a skilled care facility,

Have You Been Told That They Are

NOT ELIGIBLE

for

Medicaid Benefits?

 

Don’t let misleading advice cost you thousands of dollars each month! Don’t let the costs of nursing home care devastate your family now and in the future! It may, if you don’t take steps now!

 

Qualifying for Medicaid benefits can save your family thousands of dollars each month. You may be eligible already and not know it!

 

Call the Elder Law firm of Nolan Elder Law LLC to understand your options! Why wait to start saving money?

 

Nolan Elder Law, LLC

Elder Law and Estate Planning

205/390-0101

www.ElderLawAlabama.com


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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Protecting The Assets Of The Deceased


In order to enforce and carry out the intentions of a testator, or the person who created the will, the will must go through the time-consuming and often complicated probate process.   Probate is where property is dispersed to other individuals by a Probate Court.  If you have an interest under the will, you may submit the will to probate, generally, within a five-year limitation from the testator’s death.


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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Elder Law & Age Discrimination


Many senior citizens cannot afford to retire.  Even when they do, the elderly may need to still maintain part-time employment to supplement their income or other benefits.  However, their income is usually never as high as it was while being employed full-time. 

This issue is particularly tough since elders often face


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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Welcome

Welcome to my new website, please check back regularly for new information and updates!


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