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Effects of Technology on the Elder Population and the Future of Elder Law

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Differences in generation change the way we look at and adapt to technology. It has both positive and negative impacts on elders, their families, caregivers, and even their living environments. There are many types of technology that can be used by elders to improve independence and quality of life. However, not all elders are capable of learning new technology as they age due to changes in vision, disease, physical limitations, and mental abilities. Read More...


How do the 2018 Tax Law Changes Affect Me?

Thursday, March 01, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017. Many of the inflation adjusted numbers were changed. Those include: Read More...


What is the Louisiana Small Successions Act, and how does it affect me?

Thursday, February 01, 2018

The Louisiana Small Successions Act allows families to use an heirship affidavit to prove their ownership of property if they do not have title to their property. An heirship affidavit allows the passage or transfer of ownership of inherited property to the legal heirs by placing legal title with them when the decedent’s interest in the property does not exceed $125,000. This law was signed into the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure on June 12, 2017. Prior to this law, the cap was at $75,000. Further, the new law also allows families to use the affidavit process for estates of any value in which the person died more than 20 years ago.  Read More...


Have you or your spouse considered a reverse mortgage?

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A reverse mortgage is actually called a home equity conversion mortgage (HECM). In the past, a spouse could borrow money on the home and not consult the other spouse. Then, if the borrower spouse died, it caused the non-borrowing spouse to risk having to refinance, sell, or lose the home. Read More...


Blended Families and Estate Planning

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Blended families provide a challenge for many elder law attorneys. Now, over 50% of all homes consist of blended families.  Read More...


Disabled Military Child Protection Act

Friday, March 31, 2017

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Why do I need a will if I want all of my belongings to go to my spouse and children?

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

The first reason to make a will is to know that your wishes are known and will be followed after your death. This makes life after your death much easier for your family.  Read More...


How does the Disabled Military Child Protection Act affect me?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

In December 2014, President Obama signed the Disabled Military Protection Act which allows a military parent to provide a survivor benefit for a child with a disability, and have it paid to a special needs trust for that child's benefit. Before this was enacted, military parents of children with disabilities faced a dilemma at retirement. That dilemma was whether or not to choose the military Survivor Benefits Plan (SBP) retirement option for their children. Under prior law, this could potentially interfere with the child's eligibility for means-tested government benefit programs such as Supplemental Security Income or Medicaid. Read More...


Should you Trust a Trust

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Did you know that if you die with minor children, any money you leave them will be given to them in a lump sum at the age of 18? What would you have done if you received a large sum of money on your 18th birthday? Would you invest it or use it for your education? Maybe you would put a down payment on house and plan for the future? We all know the likely answer is NO! Most parents feel that a large sum of money is too much for any 18 year old to handle. For many, the money would likely be blown in a few years, if not months. So if you don’t want this to happen to your child, what do you do? Read More...


Free Estate Planning Seminar September 17, 2016

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Patricia and Jordan will be hosting a Free Estate Planning Seminar on Friday, September 17, 2016 in Zwolle, LA. Please contact the office for details. Read More...