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

Posted on June 28, 2017 by Hawkins Law.

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 changes in tax law, health insurance law, public assistance programs […]

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

Posted on June 25, 2017 by Hawkins Law.

  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. We have observed among our clients over the years that […]

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Mandatory Electronic Court Filing Coming to an Indiana Court Near You

Posted on May 30, 2017 by Hawkins Law.

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 counties that continue to use paper systems, must transition into […]

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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

Posted on by Hawkins Law.

[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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