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Wills, Trusts, and Estates Archives

Including Medicare and Medicaid in Your Estate Plan: An Overview

Have you considered including Medicare and Medicaid in your estate plan? Many people forget the importance of considering these government healthcare benefits as part of their wider estate plan. Read on to learn more about these two programs and why you need to consider government healthcare benefits in your estate plan.

Why You Should Discuss Social Security Disability Benefits with Your Estate Planning Attorney

Most people think of an estate plan as just preparing a will and designating where your assets go upon your death. Broader than that, estate planning is actually the process of taking inventory of your assets and determining how to dispose of them for the remainder of your life as well as upon your death. This blog is the third in a series of five blogs discussing five basic types of elder benefits in West Virginia. The first two blogs covered employee retirement benefits and Social Security retirement benefits. This blog turns to why you should discuss Social Security disability benefits with your West Virginia estate planning lawyer.

Introduction to Social Security and Estate Planning

Many consider a key component for retirement planning to be including Social Security in your estate plan, but navigating this federal benefit program can be challenging. This blog covers the basics of this federal government retirement benefit in one of a five-piece overview of benefits for seniors. The first blog covered how to identify and incorporate employment benefits into your estate plan. Here, the focus is on Social Security and estate planning, specifically how Social Security benefits fit into your overall retirement plan.

Overview of Benefits for Seniors: Including Employment Benefits in Your Estate Planning Strategy

Many people correctly think of benefits for seniors as including retirement accounts and Social Security benefits, but few carefully consider how to incorporate all available elder benefits into their retirement plans. This blog is the first in a series of five outlining basic types of elder benefits to consider in establishing a comprehensive retirement plan. The first blog covers the importance of including employment benefits in your estate planning.

Estate Planning Intake Form: Fill in the Blanks

Estate planning is one of the most valuable steps you can take to ensure your health care wishes are respected and your family is provided for in your absence. However, the thought of meeting with an estate planning attorney can be overwhelming. An estate planning intake form is designed to prepare you and help alleviate the stress associated with that first meeting.

GUN TRUST FAQs: ANSWERED BY AN EXPERIENCED WV GUN TRUST LAWYER

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution grants us the right to bear arms. It states as follows: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." A WV gun trust lawyer can help you exercise this right for yourself and your heirs.

Let a Trust Lawyer in WV Help Complete Your Estate Plan

Many people in West Virginia (WV) and nationwide believe that having a simple will is all that is needed to prepare their estate. However, a simple will may not adequately cover the passing of all property and financial accounts to your heirs. You will want to work with a trust lawyer in WV to ensure you have a complete estate plan that includes not only a will but also any trust or other documents you need to effectuate your wishes.

DIY Wills...Do I Really Need a Will Attorney in WV?

With the convenience of the Internet, a lot of West Virginians try to save money or try new things through "do-it-yourself (DIY)" research. You can find DIY car repair, DIY arts and crafts projects, DIY home repairs, and nearly every other topic imaginable. But when it comes to estate planning, it usually best to leave that job to a will attorney in WV.

Need a Specific WV Power of Attorney Form?

When you need someone to handle a financial or legal matter for you, you don't have to give that person full authority or access to your information. Instead, if you live in West Virginia (WV), use a WV power of attorney form that is tailored to the situation. This allows you to get the job done without unnecessarily placing yourself or your assets at risk.

Is an Online Power of Attorney Form in WV Right for Me?

Many people know they need to have a power of attorney. Not wanting to pay a lawyer for drafting, they turn to the Internet to find a form document that will be legal where they live. Is this a safe strategy? This is a tricky question, and the answer depends on the law of the state where the person lives, although many general principles are common. To illustrate, let's consider these issues in the context of a West Virginian who has completed a power of attorney form in WV.
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