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  • By: Gerald Winters Esq., CPA
  • Published: February 23, 2015

The recent proliferation of online estate planning document services has attracted many do-it-yourselfers who are lured in by what appears to be a low-cost solution. However, this focus on price over value could mean your wishes will not be carried out and, unfortunately, nobody will know there is a problem until it is too late and you are no longer…Read More

  • By: Gerald Winters Esq., CPA
  • Published: February 17, 2015

Can You Create An Asset-protecting Trust That Lasts … Forever? Several decades ago, most of us felt that we had fully completed our estate planning if we wrote a will that dictated who would receive which of our assets upon death. As estate-planning laws evolved to offer more options, and public awareness of estate planning options grew, more people opted…Read More

  • By: Gerald Winters Esq., CPA
  • Published: February 16, 2015

Most people are aware that probate should be avoided if at all possible. It is an expensive, time-consuming process that exposes your family’s private matters to public scrutiny via the judicial system. It sounds simple enough to just gift your property to your children while you are still alive, so it is not subject to probate upon your death, or…Read More

  • By: Gerald Winters Esq., CPA
  • Published: February 9, 2015

Creating a Will is not a one-time event. You should review your will periodically, to ensure it is up to date, and make necessary changes if your personal situation, or that of your executor or beneficiaries, has changed. There are a number of life-changing events that require your Will to be revised, including: Change in Marital Status: If you have…Read More

  • By: Gerald Winters Esq., CPA
  • Published: February 2, 2015

Are parents and adult children responsible for each other’s debts? Indiana is one of approximately 28 states that have filial responsibility laws. Modeled after centuries-old English laws, these provisions have not often been applied in modern times, but they are still “on the books.” Indiana’s filial responsibility law provides that if a child is financially able and a parent is financially unable…Read More

  • By: Gerald Winters Esq., CPA
  • Published: January 21, 2015

The recent economic recession, and staggering increases in health care costs have left millions of Americans facing incredible losses and mounting debt in their final years. Are you concerned that, rather than inheriting wealth from your parents, you will instead inherit bills? The good news is, you probably won’t have to pay them. As you are dealing with the emotional…Read More

  • By: Gerald Winters Esq., CPA
  • Published: January 12, 2015

The irrevocable Medicaid Asset Protection Trust has proven to be a highly effective estate planning tool for many older Americans. There are many factors to consider when deciding whether a Medicaid Asset Protection Trust is right for you and your family. This brief overview is designed to give you a starting point for discussions with your loved ones and legal…Read More

  • By: Gerald Winters Esq., CPA
  • Published: January 12, 2015

Like most governmental benefit programs, there are many myths surrounding Medicaid and eligibility for benefits. One of the most common myths is the belief that only 50% of the funds in a jointly-owned bank account will be considered an asset for the purposes of calculating Medicaid eligibility. Medicaid is a needs-based program that is administered by the state. Therefore, many…Read More

  • By: Gerald Winters Esq., CPA
  • Published: January 12, 2015

Should You Appoint A Loved One Or A Professional As An Executor/Trustee? If you are currently involved in creating an estate plan you might be faced with a will or trust in the near future. If either of these documents is used in your planning you will have to choose a representative to administer it according to your terms. Because…Read More

  • By: Gerald Winters Esq., CPA
  • Published: December 30, 2014

Lawsuits are everywhere. What happens when you are found to be at fault in an accident, and a significant judgment is entered against you? A child dives head-first into the shallow end of your swimming pool, becomes paralyzed, and needs in-home medical care for the rest of his or her lifetime. Or, you accidentally rear-end a high-income executive, whose injuries…Read More

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