COVID-19 HAS TAUGHT US…

Posted on June 29, 2020 by Hawkins Elder Law.

COVID-19 has taught us many things about the world, our communities, and ourselves. We learned about distance as the pandemic followed the global economy’s connected pathways into our state capitals and hometowns. The spreading contagion revealed our interdependence as we sheltered in place. Shortages of household goods, high-speed Internet, and access to ailing family members laid bare our vulnerability and unpreparedness. This article reflects on some of those lessons and describes changes that we can expect in the future.

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COVID-19 Challenges Faith Community Assemblies

Posted on May 28, 2020 by Hawkins Elder Law.

COVID-19 challenges faith community assemblies and raises unprecedented worship issues. Churches must decide how to promote health and safety without compromising spiritual priorities. This article describes churches’ coronavirus challenges and offers some resources that church leaders may find helpful.

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COVID-19 ESTATE PLANNING CHALLENGES

Posted on April 27, 2020 by Hawkins Elder Law.

This article describes the problems and solutions that healthcare providers, government officials, and lawyers are pursuing to overcome Coronavirus challenges.

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MARRIED IRA OWNERS SHOULD UPDATE ESTATE PLANS

Posted on February 8, 2020 by Hawkins Elder Law.

Married IRA owners should update estate plans to address SECURE Act changes to IRA taxation and new Indiana Medicaid policy. This article explains why.

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SECURE Act Changes Education Savings Plans

Posted on January 27, 2020 by Hawkins Elder Law.

This month we are exploring social problems threatened by the “Baby Boomer” generation’s looming retirement and how the SECURE Act offers tax incentives to help reduce those problems.

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SECURE ACT CHANGES TO IRAS

Posted on December 29, 2019 by Hawkins Elder Law.

SECURE Act changes to IRAs will affect you or someone you know in 2020. The ‘‘Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019’’ (SECURE Act) begins on page 604 of H. R. 1865, the 715-page Congressional appropriations bill that President Trump signed on December 20, 2019. This article highlights some SECURE Act provisions and suggests income tax planning strategies that may help some families reduce tax burdens.

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FAMILY LAW SOLUTIONS FOR ELDER LAW PROBLEMS

Posted on November 25, 2019 by Hawkins Elder Law.

This article describes special problems challenging some older married folks, and explains how elder law attorneys are using family law tactics to help solve those problems.

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SERVICE AND ASSISTANCE ANIMALS – PART 2

Posted on November 24, 2019 by Hawkins Elder Law.

We are focusing this article on some of the legal and public policy issues affecting service animal and assistance animal availability and usage.

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SERVICE ANIMALS AND ASSISTANCE ANIMALS – PART 1

Posted on by Hawkins Elder Law.

Service animals and assistance animals are advancing far beyond family pet status. High-performance creatures are helping military veterans and other people adapt to and overcome many disabilities.

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Fancy Estate Plan Binders Hide Weak Contents

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“Fancy estate plan binders hide weak contents” should be a mantra for estate planning lawyers and their clients. We have heard clients praise the appearance of leather estate plan binders; especially binders embossed with gold lettering, Unfortunately, most of those clients pay dearly for weak estate plan is that did not address their issues adequately, […]

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