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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Fancy Estate Plan Binders Hide Weak Contents

Posted on November 24, 2019 by Hawkins Elder Law.

“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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Anatomical Gift and Supported Decision Making Laws

Posted on July 16, 2019 by Hawkins Elder Law.

Governor Holcomb invited Hawkins Elder Law attorney Jeff R Hawkins and other stakeholder representatives to witness the Governor’s July 8 ceremonial signing of Senate Enrolled Act 112 (SEA 112) and Senate Enrolled Act 380 (SEA 380) at the Governor’s Residence. During the ceremony, the Governor recognized key legislators and advocates that had supported the pair […]

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Hoosier Health Care Advance Directive Options May Improve

Posted on February 28, 2019 by Hawkins Elder Law.

Indiana health care advance directive options may improve in 2019. If Indiana passes 2019 House Bill 1516 (HB 1516), then the law will upgrade how Hoosiers plan for future health care decisions. This article describes current health care advance directive laws and how the new law may help Indiana health care patients plan for emergency health care and end-of-life decisions.

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Hoosier Hospitals Should Stop Asking Patients about Living Wills

Posted on March 19, 2017 by Hawkins Elder Law.

Employees of many Hoosier hospitals ask patients the same question during the admission process every day, “Do you have a living will?” This may surprise people, but a patient’s answer to that question does not matter because when a living will arrives at the hospital, it is “dead on arrival.” This article explains why Indiana’s […]

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Indiana’s New and Improved POST Form

Posted on January 5, 2017 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] The Indiana State Department of health (ISDH) updated and improved the Indiana Physicians Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) form in December 2016. The new form is available for download in PDF and Microsoft Word formats at http://www.in.gov/isdh/25880.htm,  and it should be available in the […]

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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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Are All Powers of Attorney Created Equal?

Posted on July 26, 2016 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] An audience member at one of our recent presentations about advance health care directives suggested that people should make powers of attorney and advance health care directives when they reach 50 years old or older. We responded that most people over 18 years of age […]

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Indiana’s CARE Act

Posted on July 11, 2016 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] The Indiana legislature passed the “Caregiver Advise, Record, and Enable Act” (known as the CARE Act”), which took effect on January 1, 2016. Under the CARE Act, when a patient is admitted to the hospital, the hospital must give the patient (or the patient’s guardian […]

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Non-Traditional Households Require Special Planning

Posted on January 24, 2016 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] A report published by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2009, showed that more than 60% of Americans had been married at least once by age 30 and at least 10% of Americans had been divorced by age 30 (https://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p70-125.pdf). If a “traditional” household includes a […]

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