Losing the (Fraud) Lottery

By Jean C. Setzfands, vice president of the Financial Security team in the Education and Outreach group at AARP Joyce H., a 59-year-old unemployed grandmother raising four grandkids, could barely believe her luck. A London barrister had emailed her, claiming to have finally located her, because he was administering the will of someone who was distantly related to her. After [...]

2019-01-02T18:02:22-05:00August 21st, 2013|Elder Law, Financial Planning & Money Management|

Naming the Beneficiary – A Complicated Task

Edward Griggs is a Partner, Tax, Trust, and Estate Group, with Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice LLP Dealing with retirement benefits in an estate plan may at first appear simple, but can often be wrought with traps for the inexperienced. The retirement plan participant, or his or her attorney, may focus solely on avoiding probate or minimizing transfer taxes without [...]

2019-01-03T16:10:07-05:00January 19th, 2013|Elder Law, Estate Planning|

Protecting Seniors from Scams

The stakes are higher than ever as scammers step up their games with more sophisticated and elaborate schemes, sometimes taking thousands of dollars from seniors. What makes the issue so overwhelming for family caregivers and senior care professionals is that seniors spend a lot of time at home and can become victims everywhere they turn… when the phone rings, when [...]

2012-11-28T19:31:59-05:00November 28th, 2012|Elder Law|

The Ins (and Outs) of Probate

By Amanda M. Baxley Amanda M. Baxley is an associate at Herring Mills & Kratt, PLLC. She practices in the areas of Estate Planning, Estate Administration, and Real Estate. Despite the common misconception, everyone dies leaving an “estate.” Simply defined, an estate is everything that you own all the way from your dog to your $1 million beach property. Whether [...]

2019-01-03T17:02:41-05:00June 6th, 2012|Elder Law, Estate Planning|

Planning for Independence

Diane A. Wallis practices Law in Raleigh. She has focused on Elder Law, wills, estates and real estate since graduating from law school in 1982. Many difficult issues face Senior Citizens today as they manage their health and finances and seek to preserve their independence. Planning now will let you determine your own future and preserve your independence. Failing to [...]

2019-01-03T16:33:40-05:00October 13th, 2011|Elder Law, Estate Planning|

How To Consult an Elder Law Attorney

By: Guide to Retirement Living What is an Elder Law Attorney? Since retirement living decisions are becoming increasingly complex, seniors often find themselves searching for someone who can cater to their specific legal needs. An elder law attorney is an individual who specializes in areas of the law that are particularly relevant to senior citizens and their family members. Elder [...]

2010-04-01T18:32:48-04:00April 1st, 2010|Elder Law|

How To Protect Yourself from Health Care Fraud and Abuse

Information about escalating health care costs is everywhere. What consumers often fail to realize, however, is that much of this inflation is due to health care fraud and abuse. A large portion of these costly crimes are committed against seniors and directly affect the way Medicare and Medicaid dollars are spent. In an effort to combat these abuses, the Administration [...]

2010-04-01T18:30:49-04:00April 1st, 2010|Elder Law|

What Is An Elder Law Attorney?

As living decisions become increasingly complex, seniors often find themselves searching for someone who can cater to their unique legal needs. An elder law attorney specializes in areas of the law that are specifically concerned with senior citizens and their family members. Elder law attorneys generally focus their practices in one or more of the following areas particularly pertinent to [...]

2010-01-25T19:19:55-05:00January 25th, 2010|Elder Law|

Finding A Qualified Elder Law Attorney

The most effective way to locate a qualified elder law attorney is through a recommendation from a family member, friend, or an attorney you already know and trust. The AARP (www.aarp.org/legalsolutions) and the state bar association (www.hg.org) offer impartial attorney recommendations. The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (www.NAELA.org), a professional association of attorneys dedicated to improving the quality of [...]

2010-01-25T19:10:04-05:00January 25th, 2010|Elder Law|
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