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Milford Estate and Elder Law Attorney: Can Someone with Signs of Dementia Sign Legal Documents?

February 16, 2018 | By: Steven L. Rubin
Millions of individuals are affected by dementia in their lifetime. Unfortunately, it is usually after a medical crisis like dementia hits that many families begin to think about estate planning. What people don’t realize, however, is that it may be “too late” under the law to make a plan after dementia strikes.  This is usually... Read More

New Haven Estate Planning Lawyer: How to Leave Assets to Your Step-Children

February 08, 2018 | By: Franklin A. Drazen
Blended families are becoming more and more common in modern society, and yet, estate laws remain largely unchanged and are still geared toward a “traditional” family structure.  This poses an issue when it comes to leaving an inheritance to step-children in an estate plan.  Step-children are often not legally adopted by the new spouse, which... Read More

Rebuilding Communities: How to Designate a Charitable Gift Through Your Trumbull Estate Plan

January 30, 2018 | By: Steven L. Rubin
This tragic hurricane season and other disasters have taken a toll on many parts of the United States and the Caribbean. They have also taken a toll on the charitable organizations that step in when a crisis hits.  As a will and trust lawyer in Trumbull, it is gratifying to meet with clients who want... Read More

How to Handle International Assets and Property in Your New Haven County Estate Plan

January 23, 2018 | By: Franklin A. Drazen
Often, when we think of someone having property overseas, we think of George Clooney and his Italian villa or Richard Branson and his private island. However, plenty of everyday Americans own property or assets in other countries, and it may become part of their estates when they pass on. There are special considerations to keep... Read More

Estate Planning When You Have No Heirs | Milford Will and Estate Lawyer

January 17, 2018 | By: Steven L. Rubin
It’s entirely possible for someone to have an estate and no one to inherit it when they die. It could be due to not having children of one’s own and no other family. It could also be due to outliving all of one’s relatives, or not having relatives who live in the United States. Whatever... Read More

Stratford Elder Law Attorney Answers: Is Long-Term Care Insurance a Good Investment?

January 08, 2018 | By: Franklin A. Drazen
As a Stratford elder law attorney, I get this question quite a bit. Should I invest in long-term care insurance? The answer is….maybe.  Let me explain. First, you should consider the fact that the Department of Health and Human Services estimates that anyone reaching the age of 65 years has a 40% chance of entering... Read More

Understanding the Process to Obtain an Adult Guardianship in New Haven

December 28, 2017 | By: Steven L. Rubin
Even with the best intentions, most senior citizens don’t plan for a future in which they may be incapacitated. Perhaps they didn’t want to face the prospect of losing autonomy, or perhaps they fell ill before they had a chance to plan. Either way, for those with elder relatives and loved ones who no longer... Read More

Milford Will and Trust Lawyer: How to Ensure Your Estate Plan Doesn’t Spark a Family Feud

December 08, 2017 | By: Franklin A. Drazen
Unfortunately, family feuds that center around someone’s will or trust are a tale as old as time. Even if this is not something you have personally experienced, you may have heard a few horror stories. While family squabbles after the death of a loved one are not always avoidable, there are a few strategies that... Read More

Milford Will Lawyer Offers Essential Estate Planning Considerations for Parents

November 30, 2017 | By: Steven L. Rubin
Being a responsible parent is usually associated with bedtime stories for toddlers, homework reminders for grade schoolers, and trying to decide whether or not your teenager is responsible enough to drive to school on his or her own. Creating an estate plan for those children is not something we usually associate with responsible parenting, but... Read More

Stratford Special Needs Lawyer: What Benefits Are Available for Children with Special Needs?

November 24, 2017 | By: Franklin A. Drazen
Children with special needs, or Children with Special Health Care Needs as defined by the Social Security Act, are eligible to receive a number of government benefits to pay for the aid, care, and services that are available to them. There are many ways a child can qualify as a Child with Special Health Care... Read More