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Protect Your Children’s Inheritance With A Lifetime Asset Protection Trust

Posted by Jason Johnson | Apr 01, 2022 | 0 Comments

As a parent, you’re likely hoping to leave your children an inheritance. In fact, doing so may be one of the primary factors motivating your life’s work. But without taking the proper precautions, the wealth you pass on is at serious risk of being accidentally lost or squandered due to common life events, such as divorce, serious debt, devastating illness, and unfortunate accidents. 

Probate: What It Is & How To Avoid It—Part 1

Posted by Jason Johnson | Mar 30, 2022 | 0 Comments

Unless you’ve created a proper estate plan, when you die many of your assets must first pass through the court process known as probate before those assets can be distributed to your heirs. Like most court proceedings, probate can be time-consuming, costly, and open to the public, and because of this, avoiding probate—and keeping your family out of court—is a central goal of most estate plans. 

Five Reasons Business Owners Need Estate Plans

Posted by Jason Johnson | Feb 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

Business owners are notorious for engrossing themselves in the day-to-day management and functions of their businesses. As a business owner, you are likely the heart and soul of the company you lead. Your clients love you, and you have built unique relationships with your contractors and suppliers.

What Is Asset Protection Planning?

Posted by Jason Johnson | Oct 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Asset protection planning is about protecting your assets from creditors — and it is not just for the super-wealthy. Anyone can get sued. Lawsuits can stem from car crashes, credit card debt, bank foreclosures, or unhappy customers, among many other things. If someone wins a monetary judgment aga...

Understanding the Differences Between a Will and a Trust

Posted by Jason Johnson | Oct 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Everyone has heard the terms “will” and “trust,” but not everyone knows the differences between the two. Both are useful estate planning devices that serve different purposes, and both can work together to create a complete estate plan. One main difference between a will and a trust is that a wil...

Estate Planning When You Have a Stepfamily

Posted by Jason Johnson | Oct 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ideally, when a second marriage joins two families together, it should be a joyous occasion that creates one bigger family unit. Unfortunately, it too often also creates inheritance fights between stepparents and children. A good estate plan is necessary to help avoid these types of family squabb...

Guns and Dementia: Dealing With A Loved One's Firearms

Posted by Jason Johnson | Jan 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Having a loved one with dementia can be scary, but if you add in a firearm, it can also get dangerous.  To prevent harm to both the individual with dementia and others, it is important to plan ahead for how to deal with any weapons.  Research shows that 45 percent of all adults aged 65 years or o...

Medicaid Home Care

Posted by Jason Johnson | Jan 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Traditionally, Medicaid has paid for long-term care in a nursing home, but because most individuals would rather be cared for at home and home care is cheaper, all 50 states now have Medicaid programs that offer at least some home care. In some states, even family members can get paid for providi...

Can You Put a Surveillance Camera in a Nursing Home Room?

Posted by Jason Johnson | Dec 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Technological advances have made it easier to stay connected with loved ones all the time. This has included the ability to install cameras in a loved one's nursing home room. These so-called “granny cams” have legal and privacy implications.  The benefit of putting a surveillance camera in a nur...

What Do Elder Law Attorneys Do?

Posted by Jason Johnson | Jun 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Elder Law is an area of legal practice that is defined more by the type of client it serves than the more traditional fields of practice. The types of legal issues that are the focus of Elder Law attorneys' practice include: Estate Planning: Planning that is tailored to the specific situation, ne...

Using ABLE Accounts in Special Needs Planning

Posted by Jason Johnson | May 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

The ABLE (“Achieving a Better Life Experience”) Act is a federal law that allows states to establish a savings program for persons with disabilities.  The program is modeled after the 529 savings accounts.  ABLE accounts may be used to accumulate savings, with certain restrictions, for use by a b...

Who Pays For Long-Term Care?

Posted by Jason Johnson | May 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey of 2015 (“Genworth Survey”), seventy percent (70%) of Americans over the age of sixty-five (65) will eventually need some type of long-term care.  In addition, by the year 2040, twenty-two percent (22%) of the population will be over the age of sixty-...

What happens if you die without a will?

Posted by Jason Johnson | May 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

What happens if you die without a will? If one dies without expressing their wishes for the distribution of their assets the distribution is controlled by the law of intestacy. In other words, the law has determined how the assets will be distributed. Very rarely does this result in the sam...

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