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When we think about estate planning, we typically think of wills, powers of attorney, and trusts. Yet, these estate planning documents usually do not tell your loved ones what your last wishes are. Families are often left with questions like: Read More...
Have you ever considered where your debt would go if something were to happen to you? What would happen to the next ten years of mortgage payments and all the credit card debt from Christmas? Understanding and preparing for what will happen to that debt when you’re gone is vital.
Most people die with debt, but that debt is typically not passed to heirs. Instead, your estate – all your assets and liabilities at the time of your death – pays down the debt. Only after your estate pays outstanding debts do your heirs get whatever’s left. The legal process that repays debts and distributes assets to heirs is called probate. Read More...
If your name is on a shared certificate of deposit account (the kind that says “Patricia Miramon or Someone Else”), the funds in that account will not necessarily go to you (the other account holder) in the event of the account owner’s death. Read More...
Just as you choose your physician or auto mechanic by his or her speciality, you should choose an estate and probate lawyer who does estate and probate work - not someone who “does it on the side” from their normal area of expertise. Patricia Miramon is a member of NAELA- the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys. Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Upon joining, NAELA member attorneys agree to adhere to the NAELA Aspirational Standards. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is educate, inspire, serve, and provide community to attorneys with practices in elder and special needs law. Read More...
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