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Wills, Trusts, and Estates Archives

Where to Keep Estate Planning Documents: Do You Have a Love Drawer?

Thinking about the aftermath of your own death is not a pleasant activity, but it can be an act of love. Having a will and estate plan that provide for the transfer of your assets upon your death is a critical part of end-of-life planning. However, deciding where to keep estate planning documents so they will be safe and easily accessible to your loved ones is yet another key step.

Revoking a Will in WV: The Basics

You have the best of intentions when you execute a will, wanting to ease the burden on loved ones by leaving instructions on the distribution of your estate after your death. But executing a will isn't always a matter of set it and forget it. Sometimes a change in circumstances--the passage of time, the unexpected loss of a loved one, or a change in your financial situation--can lead you to change your mind about how you want your estate distributed. Is revoking a will in WV the answer? Read on to find out.

Estate Taxes in WV: Filing a Final Estate Tax Return and Other Responsibilities

The period following the death of a family member or loved one is an emotional, stressful time. In West Virginia (WV)--and other states--the executor of the deceased's estate shoulders the additional burden of fiscal responsibilities, such as filing a final estate income tax return and sometimes estate tax returns. For anyone facing these responsibilities, it is important to learn about estate taxes in WV, the probate process, and the general responsibilities of the executor.

Guidelines on Ash Scattering in WV

Whether you're planning your own funeral or that of a loved one in West Virginia (WV), people are increasingly choosing the option of cremation. Those who choose to be cremated must also decide how to direct loved ones regarding the ashes or cremains. It is important to consider the legal issues around ash scattering in WV before you make a final request for yourself or dispose of a loved one's remains. Can you spread ashes in WV under state law?

Veterans' Aid and Attendance Benefit in Long-Term Care Plans

The tristate area of West Virginia (WV), Kentucky (KY), and Ohio (OH) is home to more than 1.3 million United States (U.S.) military veterans. Those veterans and their families should be aware that there is an aid and attendance benefit available through the US Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) to those who qualify.

What You Need to Know about Estate Plans and Social Security

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are both programs of the Social Security Administration (SSA). While these programs have some similarities, it is important to realize there is a difference between SSI and SSDI, especially if you are preparing your estate plans and Social Security is a possible factor.

Medicaid Asset Protection Strategies: Fact and Fiction

Medicaid myths and misunderstandings about long-term care coverage and Medicaid asset protection are abundant. The belief that individuals with significant financial means will never need Medicaid coverage and the idea that all assets must be exhausted before Medicaid coverage becomes an option are among these fictions.

Spousal Medicaid Considerations for Long-Term Care Planning

Preparing for the possibility that you will at some point require long-term care, either in a nursing facility or at home, is an often overlooked aspect of estate planning. This third blog in a series of six on the topic of long-term care planning will discuss Medicare and Medicaid coverage, as well as spousal Medicaid rules and requirements that should be taken into consideration.

Elder Care Insurance and Long-Term Care Partnership Programs

Long-term care insurance can ease the burdens of aging by covering the cost of services--such as nursing home or in-home daily living care--not typically covered under Medicare and other health insurance plans. While this coverage can be expensive, there are multiple options to consider, and long-term care partnership programs in many states, including West Virginia (WV), Kentucky (KY), and Ohio (OH), seek to make long-term coverage more affordable and attractive to wider groups of people.

Elder Care Planning in WV, OH, and KY: How to Pay for Long-Term Care

This is the first in a series of six blogs on the topic of long-term care in elder care planning in WV, OH, and KY. The blogs that follow in this series will take more in-depth looks at the topics discussed here. Consulting an attorney for long-term care planning and the guidance of a financial advisor can help you protect your interests and those of your loved ones as you age.
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