SECURE Act Affects Retirement Plan Beneficiaries

Posted on September 5, 2020 by Thomas Hynes.

Hawkins Elder Law provides an overview of SECURE Act’s possible impact on your beneficiaries and what you could do if you need to make a change to your estate plan in light of the new law.

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Indiana Medicaid Application Issues

Posted on July 30, 2020 by Thomas Hynes.

If you plan on Medicaid footing your nursing home bill in Indiana, be very careful when completing the Indiana Application for Health Care Coverage to avoid getting denied. Medicaid is a government program which provides healthcare benefits including long term care to low income individuals who qualify. However, all too often people have their Medicaid […]

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Medicaid Lookback, Transfer Penalties, and Property Transfer Strategies

Posted on November 27, 2018 by Hawkins Elder Law.

This article includes our answers to recent questions about Indiana’s 5-year Medicaid lookback rule. The answers also explain transfer penalties, and some property transfer strategies that elder law attorneys use to protect assets from long-term health care expenses. 5-Year Medicaid Lookback Inquiry Could my spouse and I avoid the lookback legally by purchasing my parents’ home […]

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Can Two Estate Planning Lawyers Be Better Than One for Married Couples?

Posted on September 26, 2016 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] An estate planning lawyer usually serves clients alone, without involving any other lawyers in the estate planning process. In some cases involving married couples, however, one lawyer cannot do the whole job alone because the lawyer’s ethical obligations prohibit the lawyer from serving both the […]

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Property Boundaries Can Shift – Where are Your Property Lines?

Posted on March 8, 2015 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] You wake up one morning to the sound of a lawn mower running just outside your window and discover that your neighbor is mowing your lawn. Should your response be: a.) thank your neighbor for this random act of kindness; b.) offer to pay your […]

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