Avoiding Probate is Easy – But Not Always Wise

Posted on May 23, 2017 by Hawkins Law.

We have heard people tell us for decades that they want to “avoid probate.” They say it as if they want to avoid cancer. Most people have no idea what it is that they think they should avoid. Fewer people know that the “probate” concept may be their best alternative. This article shines light on […]

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Getting Married? Get A Prenuptial Agreement First!

Posted on April 18, 2017 by Hawkins Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] What comes to mind when you think of a prenuptial agreement? If you are like most people, you probably think about wealthy celebrities protecting their wealth from divorce. You may also think that a person would have to be a greedy, heartless jerk to ask […]

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Know and Protect Your Boundaries

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[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] Three of the most emotionally volatile kinds of legal conflicts that people can encounter are child custody battles, family disputes over a deceased person’s assets, and arguments between neighbors over property boundary lines. Disputes over children and estate assets often stir intense emotion, but the […]

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Costly Delay: Importance of Mental Capacity in Estate Planning

Posted on April 8, 2017 by Hawkins Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] Too people say about estate planning, “I’m not ready for that yet.” A person must be able to think clearly enough to make a will, trust, power of attorney, deed, health care directive or other estate plan document. As we wrote in our blog article, […]

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Estate Planning Is More Than Forms

Posted on April 2, 2017 by Hawkins Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] Several years ago, our daughter’s kindergarten teacher shared with us a simplistic job description that our daughter gave to the class about her lawyer parents. When asked what her parents did for a living, our daughter said, “They type and click.” Many people have a […]

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Hoosier Hospitals Should Stop Asking Patients about Living Wills

Posted on March 19, 2017 by Hawkins Law.

Employees of many Hoosier hospitals ask patients the same question during the admission process every day, “Do you have a living will?” This may surprise people, but a patient’s answer to that question does not matter because when a living will arrives at the hospital, it is “dead on arrival.” This article explains why Indiana’s […]

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Signing Documents Is a Big Deal

Posted on March 12, 2017 by Hawkins Law.

Indiana is on the front line of a legal services technological revolution. LegalZoom is pushing a bill to allow electronic signatures of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other estate planning documents, while the Indiana Secretary of State driving an electronic notarization bill. Indiana State Bar Association members are working to fix serious defects in […]

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Ask Good Questions of Yourself and Your Lawyer

Posted on February 26, 2017 by Hawkins Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] When a timid client says, “this is a dumb question, but…,” we usually respond that the only “dumb” question is a question that the client fails to ask. Experienced lawyers know how to draw most important information from timid and unprepared clients, but the most […]

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Expect Good Lawyer’s Questions

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  [See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] The narrator of the 1948 detective movie, Naked City, gave this vivid description of the homicide detective’s painstaking investigative method: “An investigation for murder is under way now in the city of New York. It will advance methodically, by trial and error, by leg […]

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Achieving a Better Life Experience For Disabled Hoosiers

Posted on January 29, 2017 by Hawkins Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] Many disabled children face disheartening experiences when they become adults. Public and private resources offer a variety of therapeutic services, summer recreation camps, and adaptive educational accommodations to disabled children, but many of those benefits and abruptly at adulthood. A federal tax law known as […]

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