Why Would I Consider a Trust For My Estate Planning?

Everyone needs an estate plan, it doesn’t matter what your socio-economic circumstances are. A simple estate plan will typically contain at least three documents. This will generally include a durable medical power of attorney and a durable financial power of attorney. The other document typically found is a way to pass your property upon death such as a will. However, there are times when a trust might be an option in your estate planning instead

Do You Know What To Do When Someone Dies?

It is surprising that even though the one thing so certain in life’s cycle is death, many people don’t know what to do when that inevitable event occurs. Following is a short guide of what to do:   At the time of death: Call 911, your local Coroner’s Office or your hospice professional if your loved one is enrolled with hospice. Call family members or friends and ask for help in notifying others. Look through

No One Plans to Fail

No one wakes up in the morning with a deliberate plan to fail, but I do believe many of us plan for failure by simply procrastinating because while we all know we will die it all seems so far off. Unfortunately, too often the unexpected arises, and families are left scrambling to figure out what to do for those they love. When my mother’s health became such that my father had to place her in

How to Preserve Assets When Faced With Long Term Care Costs

It is estimated that over 70% of people over 65 will need some type of Long Term Care(LTC) according to the US Department of Health & Human Services. Meet Charlie and Fran.  They have three children, 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren…so far!  They have hopes and dreams for their future generations and have worked hard to ensure their legacy is passed on.  As they age, they realize that if either one of them needs

New Rules for VA Pension

On October 18, 2018, the Department of Veterans Affairs implemented substantial changes to their Pension Program (often called “Aid & Attendance”) which helps to offset the cost of personal care assistance for veterans and their surviving spouses. The VA Pension Program is a cash benefit program. To qualify, the veteran must have served at least 90 days active duty with at least one day during a period of war, and not have been dishonorably discharged.

Navigate Life’s Moments with Confidence

At the law office of Beth Prather, you will find a team ready to help you through some of life’s most difficult moments. Beth Prather’s credentials as a board certified elder law attorney with expertise in the areas of estate planning, probate, trusts, guardianship, Medicaid, and VA planning bring clients through the door. Her down-to-earth approach and skill at communicating in a manner that can make sense out of difficult topics keep clients coming back.