Author: Tara Frame

Medicaid Planning is not Estate Planning

Does your estate plan protect assets from long-term care costs? Does it include a strategy for long-term care?  Many people think that if they’ve done an estate plan, they have covered long-term care or Medicaid planning issues.  Nothing could be further from the truth. Medicaid planning is not estate planning and you’ll need an Elder… Continued

If My Loved One Has a Will, Do I Have to go Through Probate?

According to Investopedia, “Probate is a legal process in which a will is reviewed to determine whether it is valid and authentic. Probate also refers to the general administering of a deceased person’s will or the estate of a deceased person without a will.” Before any assets can be distributed to beneficiaries, the executor of… Continued

Unmarried Couples and Child Custody

Marriage rates are on the decline (divorce rates have actually declined as well), which is why it is becoming increasingly common for unmarried couples with children to rely on custody laws in Maryland. In fact, one third of children are living with an unmarried parent, according to the Pew Research Center. Some of those parents… Continued

Why Powers of Attorney are Necessary in a Crisis

In a crisis situation, what happens if you or your family member is suddenly incapacitated and unable to take care of routine affairs? Who will continue to pay your health care premiums, the mortgage, or other important expenses? If you own a business, who will work with your bank or payroll provider to pay your… Continued

Three Things to Know About a Personal Injury Claim

When you are involved in any type of accident, there are typically a flood of emotions and uncertainty.  You were hit by a car while crossing the street and suffered multiple fractures. Maybe you were bitten by a dog, slipped in a grocery store and broke your collarbone, or were run off the road by… Continued

Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit for Assault

While most personal injury cases involve accidental injuries caused by human error or negligence, victims and their family members can seek financial compensation in cases of assault, battery, homicide, and other types of criminal actions that cause physical and/or emotional harm. What if the Offender Was Never Charged or Escaped a Conviction? One of the… Continued

Long Term Planning Is Critical Right Now

Today’s COVID crisis has heightened our awareness of the unexpected. If you are over 60, or are caring for a senior or parent, you are no doubt in the midst of crisis management. This can be a tough time, requiring tough decisions, especially if long-term care is required.  Unfortunately, many families are not properly prepared… Continued

Medicaid Planning Tips for Seniors and Their Families

When we talk about Medicaid planning, many people think that this is something that only needs to be considered for underprivileged people.  Quite the opposite is true.  Medicaid planning, sometimes also referred to as long-term care planning, is important for anyone that is going to need long-term care.  It is especially important for family members… Continued

Family Protection Planning Right Now

During a crisis like COVID, many of us are dealing with health or financial issues.  However, some families mistakenly believe that only those with older family members need to be concerned with planning and protecting family assets.  But, protecting your family is important at any age, especially for those with younger children.  Unfortunately, most younger… Continued

Five Common Estate Planning Mistakes

Estate planning is more complex than most people assume. Making a mistake during estate planning can drastically set you and your loved ones back, making it impossible to retire like you planned, or leaving your adult children with an unclear understanding of your inheritance wishes. These errors can be avoided by working closely with an… Continued