Downs Law Firm, P.C.

Asset Protection

Trust funding

Why Is Trust Funding Important?

If you have updated your estate plan during the Covid crisis and even found a way to sign your documents while maintaining social distance, do not overlook the last step of trust funding.

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elder financial abuse

Elder Financial Abuse Occurs When No One’s Watching

Take, for example, the sad and sordid tax case of Mary Ellen Cranmer Nice vs. United States of America, which would not have existed if an attentive financial advisor hadn’t noticed the large IRA distributions that were allegedly stolen right from under a matriarch’s nose.

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Protecting a Digital Legacy

The world exists just as much online as it does offline. Failing to recognize that when planning for the end of life can lead to unexpected repercussions for survivors.

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inheritance and divorce

An Inheritance and Divorce?

An issue that frequently arises is the treatment of an inheritance received by a spouse during the marriage. The basic rule is that any property received via gift or inheritance during the marriage is exempt from equitable distribution.

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over-medicated nursing home residents

Over-Medicated Nursing Home Residents

In addition to the assault on the resident’s dignity and the administration of drugs without informed consent, the misuse of anti-psychotic drugs can kill a senior, particularly one who suffers from dementia.

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