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.
Many older people think about how they want to dispose of their home and other property when they die. To assure this is handled as they wish, they make a will. They also can decide and document who will make financial decisions if age or illness no longer allows them to do so. Sometimes people are not aware they can also establish a plan for the health care they want near the end of life.
A Will must be probated, therefore, making it available to the public. Are you curious what Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis or Elvis Presley did with their fortune? How they dispersed their assets? Shockingly, it is simple to find out how their fortune was divided up because both used a Last Will and Testament in their estate plan. A Will must be probated, therefore, making it available to the public. Probate is the legal process normally required
Conflict is a normal, natural part of everyone’s life. Factors that can exacerbate conflict include the well-known things to avoid in polite conversation: religion, politics and money. For families, these big three topics quickly trigger emotions that can be difficult to defuse and when things go awry the aftermath can be felt for decades. According to a May 2018 AARP article “Millennials: The Emerging Generation of Family Caregivers,” there are 40 million family caregivers in
Are you worried about the impact of a Nursing Home stay on you or a spouse? You are not alone! The majority of older adults worry about this possibility. Consider the following: • How will I pay for Nursing Home Care? Medicare coverage is available in many cases but is limited in payment duration. Long Term Care insurance can do wonders in protecting our assets and may even increase your chances of gaining
When – or if – people prepare for their death or disability, they often are unaware of the five common mistakes people generally make. A well-written estate plan helps you avoid those five mistakes. What are they? Mistake 1. Loss of control. Surprisingly, disability is more likely in the short term than death, so you also need to address what happens if you become disabled and cannot make medical or financial decisions. Do not assume