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Reverse Mortgages Can Pose Problems for Heirs

Reverse mortgages can be a big help to seniors needing extra cash, but they can become a nightmare for their heirs.

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Accounting for Gifts and Loans to Children in Your Estate Plan

Post-death conflicts often arise, especially when a parent has gifted or loaned money to one child and not others...

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Getting Comfortable With Estate Planning Terminology

Two ElderLawAnswers member attorneys offer concise definitions of common estate planning terms.

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Execute a Power of Attorney Before Itís Too Late

A durable power of attorney is an extremely important estate planning tool, even more important than a will in many cases.

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Using a No-Contest Clause to Prevent Heirs from Challenging a Will or Trust

If you are worried that disappointed heirs could contest your will or trust after you die, one option is to include a "no-contest clause" in your estate planning documents.

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Are You Ready for the Return of the $1 Million Estate Tax Exemption?

Lawmakers have unwittingly created an incentive for the very wealthy to die before the year is out ...

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What Is a Life Estate?

The phrase "life estate" often comes up in discussions of estate and Medicaid planning, but what exactly does it mean?

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Why Not Just Use an Off-the-Shelf Power of Attorney Form?

A durable power of attorney is one of the most important estate planning documents you can have.

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