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This is What Happens to You After You Die

First, everything will go black, then you will see a long tunnel with a bright shining light at the other end . . .. Okay, seriously, it is not the job of an attorney to tell you about that. But have you ever thought about what happens to your remains after you pass away? And…. Read More

Why You Need to Sign a HIPAA Authorization Now

Many people are aware that their personal healthcare information is generally made confidential by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”). Despite the privacy protections of the Act, physicians and other healthcare workers are authorized to make certain disclosures concerning a patient’s healthcare without the patient’s authorization. For example, in emergency situations, in…. Read More

Did the SECURE Act Ruin Your Child’s Trust?

The SECURE (“Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement”) Act was signed into law by President Trump on December 20, 2019. Among other things, the Act significantly curbs the ability of owners of Individual Retirement Accounts to leave benefits to their surviving children in a manner that minimizes income tax consequences.   Prior to the…. Read More

Special Needs Trust Glossary

The legal lingo around special needs trusts can be confusing. Fortunately, special needs trusts can be placed into three main categories. The problem is each category may be referred to in multiple ways. As a threshold matter, a “special needs trust,” also known as a “supplemental needs trust,” or a “SNT” (pronounced “snit”) is a…. Read More

Wills That Don’t Work

Most people who consider estate planning focus on the contents of their wills. While this is an important consideration, many fail to consider that a will only functions with respect to assets that become part of the probate estate. In many cases, assets will pass outside of the probate process. Among other things, this can…. Read More