Regrettably, nursing home abuse and neglect is a reality. When the time comes to consider whether to place a loved one in a nursing home, finding one that is safe becomes a primary concern. Many clients ask are county nursing homes safe. The fact is, every nursing home is different. So, it is important to do your homework. When it comes to county-run nursing homes, each county health department manages the safety and quality of care provided at each nursing home.The state of nursing homes … [Read more...] about Are County Nursing Homes Safe?
LA Probate Law – Tips for Choosing a Probate Lawyer The procedures of probate ensure that the property of a dead person is distributed among the people who are named in the will. Each state has its own set of laws when it comes to the procedures of probate. For instance, the Schomer Law Group is meant for the state of Los Angeles and only a qualified lawyer has intensive knowledge about the rules that govern the procedure in this state. Therefore, choosing an able lawyer is one of the … [Read more...] about LA Probate Law – Tips for Choosing a Probate Lawyer
Qualifying for Medi-Cal benefits is a major concern for many people. The rules can be confusing and the process of applying for Medi-Cal can be intimidating. How much property can you own and how much income can you have, and still be eligible for Medi-Cal long-term care benefits? How does Medi-Cal apply to married couples? These are important questions. It helps to understand that there are special eligibility rules for applicants who are married, and require nursing home benefits.Spouses … [Read more...] about How Does Medi-Cal Apply to Married Couples?
Most clients have heard of HIPAA, especially since most doctors and hospitals now require their patients to sign forms acknowledging they are aware of the regulations. But how many of us know the purpose of HIPAA and what the regulations actually require? Better yet, do you understand the role of HIPAA authorizations in incapacity planning? Your estate planning attorney can provide more detail, but here is an overview of the relationship between HIPAA and your incapacity plan.What is … [Read more...] about HIPAA Authorizations in Incapacity Planning
Nowadays the number of unmarried couples and same-sex couples has grown to considerable numbers. Estate planning is as important to them as to any other married couple. But in many states unmarried couples have to face a lot of difficulties regarding transfer of ownership or any other asset management procedure. If you start planning beforehand then these challenges can be dealt with effectively. It is always better to hire an LA Probate Law professional who can advise you on estate planning and … [Read more...] about If You Are an Unmarried Couple Start Estate Planning Now, says LA Probate Law Expert
One of the most common goals in estate planning is to ensure that your assets will pass on to your heirs upon your death, instead of your creditors. Trusts are particularly useful legal tools for protecting assets, but not every trust can accomplish that goal. Whether your trust is revocable or irrevocable, meaning whether its terms can be changed or not, makes a difference when it comes to asset protection. When clients ask whether revocable trusts provide asset protection, the answer, … [Read more...] about Do Revocable Trusts Provide Asset Protection?
As long as you have a revocable trust, it can be amended whenever you choose, during your lifetime. If your financial situation, family situation or any other aspect of your life changes, it is good to review the terms of your trust and make revisions as necessary. Many clients ask whether it is necessary to come into our office to make changes to a trust. At the very least, you will need to come by to sign, after the changes have been made.A trust must be signed to be validThe grantor must … [Read more...] about Do I Have to Come in to Make Changes to a Trust?
The purpose of a will is to provide instructions to those you leave behind, as to how to distribute your property upon your death. Under the law, pets are considered property, as well. So, you can leave instructions in your will regarding who should receive your pet when you die. But, this is not the only choice you have in pet planning, and frankly, it may not be the best choice. Deciding whether to use a trust or a will for pet planning is a personal decision, which depends on your … [Read more...] about Is a Trust Better Than a Will for Pet Planning?
In estate planning, a transfer refers to giving away a property interest (i.e., giving a gift). Property interests can be transferred either during your lifetime or upon your death. Whenever these transfers occur, taxes can be imposed. There are differences between lifetime transfers and testamentary transfers regarding taxes and applicable exclusions.Federal gift and estate taxesAlthough the federal and gift tax rates are the same, it is possible to transfer more assets, with lower gift … [Read more...] about Lifetime Transfers and Testamentary Transfers
Pet planning is a crucial step in estate planning for pet owners who want to know the future of their pet is secure. The possible consequences, if you die without a pet plan, are not pleasant to consider. Unfortunately, you cannot simply name a beneficiary for your pet. Instead, more specific plans need to be made to ensure that the caregiver will be legally bound by the terms you set, and the financial support needed to care for your pet will be secure. If you are wondering, what should a … [Read more...] about What Should a Pet Plan Include?