Signing Documents Is a Big Deal

Posted on March 12, 2017 by Hawkins Elder Law.

Indiana is on the front line of a legal services technological revolution. LegalZoom is pushing a bill to allow electronic signatures of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other estate planning documents, while the Indiana Secretary of State driving an electronic notarization bill. Indiana State Bar Association members are working to fix serious defects in […]

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Don’t Short-Circuit Your Estate Plan

Posted on October 4, 2016 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] If a person has made a will, a power of attorney, an advance health care directive, or a trust, the person may think that those documents create a dependable estate plan. Unfortunately, many people do not realize that an estate plan includes every kind of […]

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Does the law really change enough to make estate plan updates important?

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] We have written more than once in our blog about the need for people to update their estate plans regularly. We get questions from people sometimes about whether the law really changes enough to justify estate plan updates. This week, we answer that question with […]

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What Are the Differences between Wills and Trusts?

Posted on July 24, 2016 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] People ask us to explain the difference between wills and trusts from time to time when we are speaking to groups about advance health care directives and other estate planning topics. We have tried many ways to answer the question over the years, but we […]

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New Indiana Electronic Records Law

Posted on June 11, 2016 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] The Indiana General Assembly updated several Indiana laws into the digital age during the 2016 legislative session. The legislature updated existing laws in the Indiana Probate Code, guardianship statutes, the Indiana Trust Code, and the Power of Attorney Act to allow trustees, decedent’s personal representatives, […]

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Best Intentions – Paving Material for a Bad Road

Posted on May 21, 2016 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] They say that the road to destruction is paved with good intentions. The saying fits procrastinators that intend to make or update estate plans involving turbulent families, but never get around to making updated plans. An estate plan procrastinator can create even more destruction by […]

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Does That Trust Need a Tune-Up?

Posted on April 22, 2016 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] Revocable trust plans have been around for fifty years or more. Revocable trusts were quite the rage when we began practicing law in the early 1990s. Most people wanted the privacy advantage that revocable trusts held over last wills and testaments. Some people believed mistakenly […]

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Passing It on without Dropping the Baton

Posted on April 2, 2016 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] Most people think once in a while about the inheritance that they will leave for others. Some people assume that their wealth will transfer to their family members smoothly and other people believe that they must make detailed plans. To some extent, both ideas are […]

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What a Farmer Has Joined Together, Let No Kids Tear Asunder

Posted on March 21, 2016 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] One of farming’s “Holy Grails” is to assemble tracts of farmland that join together as one big block so that the farmer can move from one field to another without having to transport equipment down roads or highways. Such a farmland assemblage saves incredible time, […]

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Practical Inheritance Issues & Solutions

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] Did you ever pick up a button that fell off a shirt or a screw that fell out of a piece of furniture, store it in a place that you are sure you would never forget, and later forget the location of that fool-proof storage? […]

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