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Capacity & Conservatorship If Grandma Can No Longer Drive

One of the hardest things many people face as they age is that they may not have the same capabilities they did when they were younger. You may notice that Grandma or Grandpa is no longer safe behind ...
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Lending Money as an Estate Planning Tool - Is it Right for You?

Is your high net worth contributing to your estate planning anxiety? The Law Offices of James C. Shields can help you to explore the options available to avoid the loss of your hard-earned money to ...
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Prepare for Your First Estate Planning Meeting

Deciding to file for bankruptcy is a huge decision, and you should not have to make it alone. If you find yourself in a large amount of debt that you do not think you can overcome with your current ...
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Your Guide to Rebuilding Credit After Bankruptcy

A bankruptcy is a chance for a fresh start, especially a chapter 7. Hard working, honest people, who fall on hard times, use a bankruptcy to reorganize their lives and make peace with creditors. It is ...
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Three Reasons Why Estate Planning Is Not Just For Wealthy People

When estate planning comes to mind, people often think of it as something reserved for the wealthy. After all, the IRS does not require a filing if the value of an estate is less than five and a half ...
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Counseling Requirements for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Debtors who are considering filing bankruptcy need to be aware of counseling requirements. Chapter 7 bankruptcy filers must complete a credit counseling course prior to filing. During this course, the ...
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Will The New Medi-Cal Lien Affect You?

A new elder law provides families of Medi-Cal recipients with appended opportunities to circumvent reimbursing the State of California for benefits paid on behalf of their parents or loved ones. It ...
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5 Additional Steps to Develop and Implement an Effective Estate Plan

Once you have completed the initial stages of planning, there are several additional steps you can take to ensure that you develop and implement an effective estate plan. The hard part may be out of ...
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When Can Bankruptcy Be Applied To Student Loan Debt?

Most people will tell you that student loans cannot be discharged in a bankruptcy proceeding. While that's true in most cases, it isn't true in all cases. However, the circumstances required ...
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Estate Planning: How To Create A Strategy For Passing On Your IRA

The estate planning process involves many tasks, including deciding how you will pass down your assets. With the available options and tax laws, it can be challenging to choose the best route to take. ...
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How to Prepare For Your First Estate Planning Meeting

Few things strike a chill in an adult’s heart like the prospect of planning their estate. Of all of life’s milestones -- college, buying house, getting married, having that first child -- ...
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Give the Gift of Inheritances Through Estate Planning

The underlying message of any holiday season gift is that we care about the person receiving it and we want them to be happy and healthy. This just so happens to be the same message behind estate ...
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Protect Your Inheritable Assets with a Revocable Living Trust

When many people think of estate planning, they think only of a will, or a document that will determine the distribution of their property after death. However, there is another strategy, known as a ...
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Be Careful Not to Overspend on Gifts This Holiday Season

You probably love the holiday season because it is a clear opportunity to give to others and show how much they mean to you. The end of the year is also a popular time to treat yourself to things ...
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Your Essential Estate Planning Checklist

Intimidated by estate planning? You aren't the only one. In fact, many Americans put off estate planning because the entire process makes them nervous. If you are entering the planning phases of ...
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Why Advanced Funeral Planning Should Be Included in Your Estate Plan

When most people think of making an estate plan, they primarily consider protecting their home, real estate, and financial assets; some may even go as far as to make an advanced directive (formerly ...
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Life events that signal it is time to make a will

Although life offers few guarantees, one of life’s guarantees is that everyone dies. Check any obituary and you will see people who have cashed out on their death guarantee. You may even ...
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For Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons, Medical Prescriptions Can Be Confusing

Imagine you had to take 7 different prescriptions each day, at different times. We will call these prescriptions A-G and include directions below. Drug A three times a day as needed. Drug B is once ...
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Protect Your Family Assets with a Legacy Trust

A legacy trust, also known as a ‘wealth trust’, is an irrevocable trust which allows you to set aside assets separate and apart from your primary estate. Since assets placed in a legacy ...
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Bankruptcy: When is a Discharge Issued?

Bankruptcy has long-term financial consequences for those who elect to file. Typically, people file bankruptcy when their finances have overwhelmed them; a divorce, health scare or job loss may create ...
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How Nursing Homes Are Seizing Control Over Patients to Collect Bills?

When you or your family member finally decide that a nursing home is necessary you do your research, look for the best care and look for the right facilities. But you would never think to look at ...
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Bankruptcy Creditors Can Reach Inherited IRA

On June 12, 2014, the Supreme Court unexpectedly provided yet one more reason why you should designate a trust as beneficiary of your IRA rather than simply designating one or more individuals as ...
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Mistakes to Avoid when Writing your Will

Everyone has a bucket list filled to the brim with life aspirations, such as exercising every day, eating healthier, starting a new hobby and repainting your kitchen walls. What's probably first ...
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Understanding Bankruptcy Proofs Of Claim: Creditors Need To Do More than Simply File A Proof Of Claim

When you’ve made the decision to file for bankruptcy protection, you must provide your attorney with a complete list of your creditors. The forms that are filed with the bankruptcy court will ...
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Alzheimer's May Be Transmissible -- What Does This Mean For Your Estate?

Upon hearing the news that Alzheimer's may be transmissible, it is likely that your first thought is your own health. You may not be thinking about the financial implications regarding your ...
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