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Thoughts on Hurricane Irma

My Aunt Irma has now outstayed her welcome, as with any guest of her stature we of course spent days preparing for her arrival.  We gathered all the family and spent quality time telling all the old stories of drinking from wells and walking in the rain to go the outhouse saying those were the Read More

Getting to Know Attorney Joseph Lehn

Those who know Attorney Lehn know him to be a hard-working and compassionate attorney who is always looking out for the best interest of his clients. But we invite you to get to know him a little better.   Question:  What made you decide to become a lawyer? I mean besides being able to argue Read More

The 5 biggest mistakes people make before filing bankruptcy

If you are considering filing bankruptcy, I suggest you read carefully. #1  DON’T give up your retirement account unnecessarily Some people considering bankruptcy liquidate retirement accounts with the most honorable of motives—in a futile attempt to catch up on those mounting debts. Others are attempting to reduce assets before filing. However, most retirement funds in Read More

Trust v Probate

Many people are confused when it comes to estate planning. Are you one of them?  Have you ever wondered, do I need a will, do I need a trust and even more importantly what is the difference?   I BELIEVE EVERYONE NEEDS A will. A will is a legal document wherein a person can choose Read More

Four Things Often Overlooked in an Estate Plan

Even if you’ve created an estate plan, are you sure you included everything you need to? There are certain provisions that people often forget to put in in a will or estate plan that can have a big impact on your family. 1. Alternate Beneficiaries One of the most important things your estate plan should Read More

Immediate Annuities as Medicaid Planning Tool

Immediate annuities can be a useful tool to protect the spouse of a nursing home resident who applies for Medicaid. These types of annuities allow the nursing home resident to spend down assets and give the spouse a guaranteed income. But immediate annuities may not work in every state, so be sure to check with Read More

Tips for Finding an Assisted Living Community  

Assisted Living Life is a fragile thing.  It can be incredibly difficult taking care of a loved one and often times, we will require help.  Assisted living communities are a huge help in a time of need.  Finding the right assisted living community is the most important part of the process, as not every place Read More

New Nursing Home Rules Go into Effect

New Obama-era rules designed to give nursing home residents more control of their care are gradually going into effect. The rules give residents more options regarding meals and visitation as well as make changes to discharge and grievance procedures. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid finalized the rules — the first comprehensive update to nursing Read More

Bankruptcy Dos and Don’ts

Considering Bankruptcy? Don’t make a critical mistake before you even get started Obviously, most people considering bankruptcy are facing very tough financial times. Difficult circumstances can drive us to desperate action. Unfortunately, however well-intentioned that action is, sometimes it can backfire. In order to avoid some of the most common (and costly) pre-bankruptcy missteps: DON’T Read More

Warning Signs Of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly

Financial abuse and material exploitation of the elderly may not cause physical injuries or leave scars, but it can have devastating effects and ruin the lives of victims. Financial elder abuse can take many forms. The abuser may steal money or items from the elder’s bank account or home, sell or transfer property against the Read More