What is the Most Important Document in Elder Law? Power of Attorney.

If I were to ask you, and most attorneys, what the most important document is that a person can do, you may get a Will, Trust or similar document. However, as an Elder Law attorney working with clients that are normally older than 65, I think that the most important document would be Powers of…

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What is Medicaid Spend down?

There is a misconception that you must be poor to qualify for Medicaid benefits should a loved one need to enter a nursing home. Medicaid is a state-run program for the individuals who need health insurance but have limited resources.  One of the most important aspect of the Medicaid program for elderly Americans is providing…

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Is a will all that I need for an Estate Plan?

The answer the question is: Probably Not However, the question is artfully crafted to lead to the follow statement: That’s the wrong question! It is the wrong question because Estate Planning is not a ‘document’ or ‘form’ of even a single event. Estate Planning is the endeavor to provide a PLAN that answers the various…

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5 Things you MUST Do After a Car Accident

If you’ve been injured in a car accident and it is not your fault, you can be compensated for your damages. This includes the cost of medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  Car accidents happen, and if it happens to you, there are important steps that you must take to make sure your…

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Myths We Tell Ourselves about Estate Planning

Estate planning can be a very difficult process. While it is not brain surgery, making the decision to move forward with an estate plan requires us to face the fact that we will not live forever. This thought stops many people in their tracks. Others talk themselves out of seeing a qualified attorney to create…

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Why should you have a Power of Attorney executed now?

If your Non-English-speaking parents live in the United States or are planning on an extended visit, they will need someone they trust to be appointed as their Agent in order to act and speak on their behalf. The lack of proficiency in English can create significant barriers when conducting everyday financial and healthcare affairs. Most…

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Estate Planning for Muslims

The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)  said: “It is the duty of a Muslim who has anything to bequest not to let two nights pass without writing a will about it.” (Bukhari) It is decreed that when death approaches, those of you who leave behind property shall bequeath equitably to parents and kinsmen. This is an obligation…

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Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts: What is it and When Do You Need One?

What is a Medicaid Asset Protection Trust? A Medicaid Asset Protection Trust (MAPT) allows you to qualify for Medicaid while protecting your assets.  The trust is designed to protect assets from being counted for Medicaid eligibility and can be designed to provide asset protection for your beneficiaries from creditors, divorce, or judgments. The Medicaid Asset…

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Do I Really Need a Personal Injury Attorney?

What kinds of cases do personal injury lawyers handle? Personal injuries due to car accidents, dog bites, dangerous and defective products, food poisoning, or dangerous conditions on someone’s land are sustained by millions of Americans every year; these are all considered personal injury cases. An injury can have severe and long-lasting effects on your life. For…

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Why you need an estate plan

You Need An Estate Plan! Here’s Why.

Lena Salameh, J.D.  Why Do I Need An Estate Planning Attorney? It is a common misconception that Estate Planning is for the rich. Everyone needs an estate plan, and there are main benefits to estate planning. If you have young children, a home, bank accounts, brokerage accounts, vehicles, business interests, you need an estate plan…

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