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What Is the Difference Between Estate Planning and Elder Law?

Attorneys who practice both estate planning and elder law draw on their specialized skills to help you accomplish significant life-centered goals both during your life and after death. While these two types of legal concerns are closely related and o… Read More
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Can You Avoid Medicaid Estate Recovery in Georgia?

Through the Medicaid Estate Recovery Program (sometimes called MERP or MER), the State of Georgia may seek reimbursement from a deceased Medicaid beneficiary’s estate for long-term care costs paid to the beneficiary. In many cases, estate recovery… Read More
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Categories: Medicaid
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What Documents Are in a Georgia Estate Plan?

An estate plan is as unique as the individual who creates it, because the plan reflects the person’s personal and financial circumstances. Even so, certain specific legal documents belong in every Georgia estate plan. Your estate planning lawyer ta… Read More
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Do You Need a Lawyer to Get Medicaid for Nursing Home Care in Georgia?

Many seniors eventually need nursing home care — and the cost can be astronomical. Fortunately, Medicaid may cover some or all of the costs. But getting Medicaid is not automatic, nor does everyone qualify. While you are not required to have a lawy… Read More
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Categories: Elder Law, Medicaid
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Updating Your Estate Plan: When Is It Necessary?

Putting an estate plan in place provides you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you have taken care of yourself and your family for the future. To maintain the sense of accomplishment, you need to make sure you keep the plan current.… Read More
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How Does a Burial Contract Affect Medicaid Eligibility?

Seniors often consider buying a burial contract to pay for final expenses, to save loved ones from being responsible for the costs. While Georgia Medicaid rules for long term care benefits have a burial exclusion in calculating assets for eligibility… Read More
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Does Your Aging Parent or Loved One Have the Legal Capacity to Make a Will?

It’s not uncommon for a senior to decide to formalize their final wishes in legal documents or change the provisions in an existing document. If your aging parent or loved one expresses a wish to make a last will and testament or revise a previous… Read More
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Categories: Elder Law
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What Assets Count for Medicaid Eligibility?

For elders residing in the State of Georgia, the Medicaid program often provides financial support for long-term and nursing home care. The program has eligibility limits based on income and assets of the elder. In many cases, a person who thinks the… Read More
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Categories: Medicaid
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Do You Need a Lawyer to Set Up a Trust?

As the popularity of trusts has grown in recent years, people sometimes think they can — and should — create a trust on their own without help from a legal professional, which is a serious misconception. In fact, you should not even decide that a… Read More
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Who Should Be the Executor of Your Estate?

When you make an estate plan, one of the important tasks is designating the executor of your estate. A designated executor who accepts the responsibilities becomes the personal representative of the estate following court appointment. The position is… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning