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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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

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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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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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Young Parents Need Estate Plans

Posted on October 2, 2018 by Hawkins Elder Law.

This article explains why young parents need to make estate plans more urgently than the older generation that raised them.

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Costly Delay: Importance of Mental Capacity in Estate Planning

Posted on April 8, 2017 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] Too people say about estate planning, “I’m not ready for that yet.” A person must be able to think clearly enough to make a will, trust, power of attorney, deed, health care directive or other estate plan document. As we wrote in our blog article, […]

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5 Organizational Tips to Simplify Your Life, Disability, and Death

Posted on October 8, 2016 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] Electronic devices, computer software, and the Internet are expanding what we can do and the ways we can do it at a mind-boggling pace. Technology can simplify or complicate life, depending on how well we use it. In this article, we offer 5 tips to […]

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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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Puny Powers of Attorney

Posted on June 5, 2016 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] Most people think of wills or trusts when they think of estate planning. However, powers of attorney are probably the most important estate planning documents that most people can have. A last will and testament is a good way to direct how people will distribute […]

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Long Road Through Loss, Grief, and Recovery

Posted on April 11, 2016 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] We attended the recent funeral of the beautiful matriarch of a family that we have known and loved for many years. Our dear friends expressed mixed feelings of loss from the death of their beloved mother and grandmother, and joy because her death released her […]

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