Spendthrift, Special Needs, “Miller” & Other Protective Trusts

Posted on January 12, 2018 by Hawkins Law.

Trusts are tools that estate planning lawyers use to solve or avoid money management and property management problems for clients. Protective trusts protect assets from problems plaguing the trusts’ beneficiaries. Protective trusts are increasingly common as lawyers and clients focus on solving problems that do not necessarily involve the clients directly. This article introduces some […]

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Pay Attention & Get It in Writing

Posted on December 1, 2017 by Hawkins Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] Teenagers often try to shift blame for breaking rules, misunderstanding assignments, or missing deadlines with statements like, “I asked Joe and he said it wasn’t important,” or “I heard that they never enforce those rules.” Of course, some teenagers retaining their adolescent gullibility and inattentiveness into adulthood […]

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Customer Service by Josh

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[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] We were enjoying dinner in a chain restaurant earlier this year when we noticed the exceptional service that we were receiving from a young attendant, whom I will call “Josh.” Josh impressed us enough to inspire us to to pay more generously than is our custom (we […]

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“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: Avoid These Medicaid Traps!

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. The emotional pain of a married person’s admission of his or her spouse to a nursing home rivals the painful experience of a spouse’s […]

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