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For those who are not yet ready for nursing home but could use some assistance at home, check out Indiana’s Aged & Disabled Medicaid Waiver Program

Posted by deiglaw on March 28, 2019

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Every week I meet with clients who are concerned about their own, or a loved one’s, declining health.  Sometimes, admission to a skilled care nursing facility is discussed as a next step because the family can no longer provide the level of care required to keep the loved one at home.  A skilled care facility can certainly provide a level of care that isn’t always possible at home, and there are times when that is

When must you open a probate estate in Indiana?

Posted by deiglaw on January 18, 2019

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In last month’s article I discussed meeting with clients after a death of a loved one, and the process of gathering information regarding the decedent, and said person’s affairs.  Once this information is obtained, the issue is whether or not to open a “probate” estate. The main purpose of a probate estate is to prevent fraud, notify creditors, pay decedent’s last bills and taxes/tax returns. The triggering issue is whether the decedent’s net (after liens,

Legal Tips after death of loved one

Posted by deiglaw on December 10, 2018

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Usually clients meet with us after a loved one’s funeral services are complete and clients are going through the grieving process. Unfortunately, financial and legal matters can not wait. Many clients have extensive knowledge and involvement; some have no information; either they were not involved or the loved one was private with their affairs. What needs to be done financially and legally really depends on so many factors. We provide a free consultation, and meet

An option to pay for long‐term care insurance

Posted by deiglaw on November 19, 2018

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Many clients discuss with me my thoughts and their concerns, especially the costs, regarding purchasing long‐term care insurance.  In a recent previous article I discussed new innovative long‐term care policies known as hybrid policies that provide long‐term coverage and a death benefit; so, either the client, or their heirs will receive a benefit during life, or death, from the policy.  Not a “use it or lose it” traditional policy that may also have future rate

Can a person contest my Last Will and Testament?

Posted by deiglaw on November 19, 2018

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This is a common question I receive from clients when meeting to discuss their estate plans and drafting a Last Will and Testament (“Will”). A spouse has certain inheritance rights in a Will, which include an election and allowance amount, and a spouse’s inheritance rights may be subject to a post or pre‐nuptial agreement that was agreed upon and entered into between a married couple before they came to see me. This article deals with