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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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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Customer Service by Josh

Posted on December 1, 2017 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] We were enjoying dinner in a chain restaurant earlier this year when we noticed the exceptional service that we were receiving from a young attendant, whom I will call “Josh.” Josh impressed us enough to inspire us to to pay more generously than is our custom (we […]

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“Choose” to Replace “Should” and “Supposed to” in Big Decisions

Posted on October 31, 2017 by Hawkins Elder Law.

  [See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] Is it possible for senses of duty, obligation, and responsibility to be harmful for people? Trust and estate lawyers working with multiple generations of people often see sharp generational differences in people’s expectations of themselves and people of other generations. This article considers when traditional senses […]

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Spiritual Issues in Final Illness, Death, and Human Remains Disposition

Posted on November 5, 2016 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] In our most recent blog, “Plans for Final Illness, Death, and Human Remains Disposition,” we mentioned issues that affect people’s choices about health care in final illness, death, and disposition of their bodies, including a few brief references to spiritual issues. We are expanding that […]

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