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May has been designated as Elder Law Month by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Both Peter E. Grosskopf and Aric D. Burch are members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and invite you to learn more about the practice of Elder Law. Elder Law has changed over the years. It used to be thought of as simply dealing with preparation of documents for our seniors, such as Financial Powers of Attorney or Healthcare Powers of Attorney. Since that time, it has become a larger part of the legal landscape. At a time when Estate and Inheritance Taxes have become nonissues for a great many people across the country, the legal issues facing our elderly have increased many times over. For example, “Elder Law” can include many such things, including:
That is why it is important to make sure that you are dealing with a qualified Elder Law Attorney such as the attorneys here at Grosskopf & Burch. We look forward to meeting with you and assisting you with your needs, now and in the future.
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Whether your spouse has just passed away or you have lost your mom or dad, the emotional trauma of losing a loved one often comes with a bewildering array of financial and legal issues demanding attention. It can be difficult enough for family members to handle the emotional trauma of a death, let alone taking the steps necessary to get these matters in order.
Often times, you must go through the probate process. If there is no estate because there is a trust, and you are named as the trustee, the process will be different based on the trust document's specific instructions. In that case, it is recommended you meet with an attorney to make sure you know your obligations and liabilities as trustee.
I want to focus on probate for this post. If you are the personal representative of the will, you first should secure the tangible personal property, meaning anything you can touch such as silverware, dishes, furniture or artwork. Then, take your time while bills need to be paid. They can usually wait a week or two without any real repercussions. It is more important that you and your family have time to grieve.
When you are ready, you should meet with us to review the steps necessary to administer the will and go through probate, which may include
Attorney Aric Burch
The blog posts are based upon the law at the time the post is written. Laws change, so you should not rely on this blog for legal advice. In addition, this blog is not intended to be legal advice, and you should not act upon any information on this blog without discussing your specific situation with your attorney.