Category: Estates / Wills

Where There’s a Will…

In the last issue of the Law Update, I wrote an article about choosing an executor of a will. So, you may ask, what happens if someone appoints you as the executor of his or her will? (The chances of this happening are actually quite… Continue reading

Estate Administration – Surviving Spouse

Estate Administration – Surviving Spouse When a person dies, he or she will usually leave behind an estate. This estate must be administered, which basically means transferring the assets of a person who has died (the “decedent”) to the decedent’s heirs or beneficiaries. Assets must… Continue reading

Planning for the Costs of Long-Term Care

It is estimated that this year nearly nine million men and women over the age of 65 will need some form of long-term care. Long-term care includes a variety of services such as medical and non-medical care to those who have a chronic illness or… Continue reading

Death Without Dignity: An Avoidable Tragedy

On March 31, 2005, Terri Schiavo, the severely brain-damaged woman originally from this region, died while in hospice care in Florida. She died nearly ten days after her feeding tube was ordered removed from her body by a state court judge. Ms. Schiavo became the… Continue reading

Schizoid Estate Planners Rejoice: Relief is in Sight

One of the stranger episodes in the world of tax law may be coming to a close, mercifully. In 2000, to fulfill a campaign promise of the new President, Congress adopted an amendment to the Internal Revenue Code; by any measure it was bizarre. The… Continue reading