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Elder law encompasses a variety of planning objectives and goals many of which deal with our most basic concerns as individuals-our autonomy. However, it frequently also involves asset protection planning. Irrevocable trusts are often used for asset protection in elder law planning, but they are only one of the tools available. Is an irrevocable trust right for you? Should you put your house in an irrevocable trust? How is an irrevocable trust different from a revocable trust? What is the 60 month or 5 year look back? These, and many more, are common questions that we address as elder lawyers.
Wills, revocable trusts (sometimes called “living trusts”), irrevocable trusts, powers of attorney and health care directives are just the starting point for effective estate planning. Asset coordination is important too, as is asset protection. Many estates must be probated or require trust administration, and while there are often simple ways to avoid probate or trust administration, simple is not always best. Don’t worry, we have you covered. We have years of experience helping people just like you with estate planning matters.
Medicaid (which in Maine is known as MaineCare) is a federal and state funded program that pays medical and long-term care expenses for those that qualify. Do you or your spouse qualify? Either one or both of you might, or could. Call and schedule an appointment with our elder law attorneys to find out. If you are considering applying for MaineCare in the future, don’t wait until then to consult with an elder law attorney. Be proactive.
Probate is the judicial process by which wills (or the estates of individuals without wills) are processed and creditors are given notice of someone’s passing.
Probate is only applicable to assets passing by Will. If a person does not die with a valid Will, then the law of intestacy may take over unless all of the deceased person’s assets pass by some other legal means.
Transparent Estate Planning Billing Practices
We bill most new estate planning matters on a flat fee basis with few exceptions.
Written Fee Agreements
All of our fees are put in writing.
We are not satisfied until you are.
Mary Kathryn Brennan, JD, Smilie G. Rogers, JD, LL.M, James S. Mundy, JD, Michael A. Cahill, JD and Katherine M. Audet, JD, are licensed to practice law in Maine
Smilie G. Rogers, JD, LL.M, is licensed to practice law in New Hampshire
Smilie G. Rogers, JD, LL.M and Katherine M. Audet, JD, are licensed to practice law in Massachusetts
Brennan & Rogers, PLLC
P.O. Box 467
York, Maine 03909
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