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Miramon Law to Attend 2019 NAELA Annual Conference

Friday, May 03, 2019

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What Happens to Your Debt When You Die?

Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Most people have debt. We accumulate it in the form of student loans, mortgages, car loans, credit cards, and more. The choice to go into debt is often times a choice to invest in our future. Whether you’ve taken out a student loan to pursue higher education or mortgaged your first home, debt is a part of life. 

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...

Has Your Will Been Notarized Properly?

Monday, April 01, 2019

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Social Security Retirement Benefits: When Should You Start Receiving Yours?

Friday, March 01, 2019

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Just Because Your Name Is On An Account Does Not Make It Yours!

Friday, February 01, 2019

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...


It's A New Year!

Tuesday, January 01, 2019
Many of us make New Year’s resolutions and the vast majority of those resolutions are about losing weight, exercising more, or quitting smoking. Other popular resolutions are managing debt, saving more money, or volunteering. What about a resolution that can impact your life and the life of your family for years to come? Making or revising your will should be at the top of your resolution list. Everyone needs a will, a power of attorney for financial and health decisions, and a living will. Preparing these documents need not be costly. Worksheets for wills, powers of attorney and living wills are on this website. Take a few minutes to complete them and contact us to get the ball rolling on your estate plan. I promise this is a resolution you can easily keep!

Choosing The Right Lawyer

Monday, December 10, 2018

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...


Things to Look for in Your Continuing Care Home

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Have you thought about what would happen if your retirement community had a financial wipeout? Though industry members in this world point out this is rare, there are cases in which retirement communities have had to raise their monthly fees or reduce services. Read More...


Aren’t I too young to start estate planning?

Monday, October 01, 2018

The truth of the matter is that you are never too young to get your affairs in order. There is a common misconception that estate planning only needs to happen when someone is near death. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth.  Estate planning should begin as soon as one becomes an adult.  Read More...


Choosing an Estate Planning Attorney over a General Attorney

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Why should I choose an attorney who focuses on estate planning matters rather than a general attorney who practices all types of law? Would you have your general practitioner do your heart surgery? Like the medical profession, the legal profession does allow for attorneys to focus on specific areas of law. Though all attorneys have the same juris doctorate degree, estate planning attorneys solely focus on decisions that affect your family and your possessions after your death. Read More...