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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

What to do When a Loved One Dies

No one is ever prepared for a loved one to pass, nor do we like thinking about it. The funeral ceremony can make a significant difference for those who are grieving a loss. It is essential to have a personalized and meaningful ceremony that helps friends and family members reflect on their relationship with their… 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

5 Steps to Basic Estate Planning

A basic estate plan provides essential legal documents for your family in the event of your incapacitation, sudden illness, or even death. It is crucial to have an estate plan in place to protect your family and your assets. Your estate includes everything you own. Therefore, it is a good idea to plan for what… 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

12 Mistakes to Avoid When Acting As Executor for Probate

As the executor of an estate, also called the Personal Representative in Maryland (hereinafter referred to a PR), you have certain legal obligations and a fiduciary duty to take certain actions, or inactions, on behalf of the estate.  Otherwise, you may be held personally liable to the beneficiaries of the estate.  Below are 12 mistakes… 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

What You Need to Know About Health Care Power of Attorney

In any discussion regarding your medical care and treatment, it is important to prioritize your health needs and concerns. Although this is not a matter we like to think about, there may come a time where you are unable to communicate your medical needs with a doctor. Having a health care power of attorney in… Continued