Life Becomes More Complicated, a column authored by Attorney Mikael Hooker, is a wealth of information. He covers everything from living wills to nursing home costs. We are happy to provide copies of his articles here.

 

Here are some common pitfalls and misconceptions about our laws that travel by word of mouth across backyard fences, across dining booths at the Blue Bonnet Diner and at church socials.

“I can protect my money from the nursing home or state because the IRS allows an elder to transfer.

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The three core documents of an estate plan are the health care proxy, power of attorney and will. The first two are documents that anticipate that at some point you may be unable to make medical and financial decisions while alive but disabled.

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I believe that death is not the worst thing to happen to an elder. A catastrophic illness or disease that saps your ability to enjoy life’s pleasure while costing you tens of thousands of dollars for care….that is a harder pill to swallow.

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