“Choose” to Replace “Should” and “Supposed to” in Big Decisions

Posted on October 31, 2017 by Hawkins Law.

  [See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] Is it possible for senses of duty, obligation, and responsibility to be harmful for people? Trust and estate lawyers working with multiple generations of people often see sharp generational differences in people’s expectations of themselves and people of other generations. This article considers when traditional senses […]

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center Seeks Crowd-Sourced Ideas and Feedback

Posted on October 5, 2017 by Hawkins Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center (Innovation Center) is seeking public feedback in its MAX Survey to help fulfill its mission of “fostering an affordable, accessible healthcare system that puts patients first.” The Innovation Center wants fresh ideas about how CMS […]

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Funeral Planning – A Surprisingly Complex Subject

Posted on October 2, 2017 by Hawkins Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] Concerns about burdening surviving family members with headaches and expenses lead many retirees to think about funeral pre-planning. If you pay attention to life insurance television ads targeted at retirees, you can see several life insurance sales pitches that prey upon those concerns. Like many […]

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What Reverse Mortgage TV Commercials Don’t Tell You

Posted on September 4, 2017 by Hawkins Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] Tom Selleck and other charming celebrities have pitched reverse mortgage plans to senior citizens for years in television ads like Selleck’s ad posted on YouTube. Mr. Selleck says reverse mortgages are not “too good to be true,” but should people believe him? Well, it depends… […]

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Organized Records Minimize Health Crisis Chaos

Posted on August 2, 2017 by Hawkins Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] A few days after Mom’s stroke, an ambulance crew is moving Mom from the hospital to a rehabilitation facility. Dad is stressed out, losing sleep, and eating poorly because the doctor is not sure that Mom will bounce back enough to come home, and Dad […]

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Senate Proposal to Repeal “Obama Care” – Good for Some, but Terrible for Nursing Home Residents

Posted on June 28, 2017 by Hawkins Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] This week, the United States Senate is considering a 145-page Republican proposal called the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” that includes provisions to repeal “Obama Care.” The Senate Republican Policy Committee has published a section-by-section summary of the proposal. The proposal is full of […]

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Spouses of Nursing Home Residents: Don’t Let Nonlawyers Apply for Medicaid!

Posted on June 25, 2017 by Hawkins Law.

  [See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] The financial pitfalls facing a married couple when one spouse requires nursing home care are wide, deep, and surprisingly hidden. We are addressing the topic very bluntly in this article because we are tired of seeing misinformed nonlawyers lead couples into those pitfalls repeatedly. […]

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Mandatory Electronic Court Filing Coming to an Indiana Court Near You

Posted on May 30, 2017 by Hawkins Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] The Indiana Supreme Court has committed the Indiana judicial system to leap toward paperless record systems. A few Indiana counties established electronic case filing systems as pilot projects in 2015. Gradually, courts have transitioned from paper systems to mandatory electronic filing systems since 2015. Those […]

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Avoiding Probate is Easy – But Not Always Wise

Posted on May 23, 2017 by Hawkins Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] 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 […]

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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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