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Preparing for the Challenges That Come with Aging

What is Sjögren’s? Sjögren’s is an autoimmune disease affecting the lives of up to 4 million Americans. This systemic disease affects the entire body with symptoms of extensive dryness in the eyes and mouth, and will result in fatal damages to the tissues, can cause neurological problems as well as lung disease and cancer. New…Read More

Estate Planning for Divorced Families

Divorce is not easy. Along with the vast amount of change you go through is managing your estate plan. Because your needs, wants, priorities and goals change during this time, it is essential to adjust your estate plan to reflect these changes. Read on to learn how to update your estate plan after divorce. How…Read More

LGBTQ+ Life & Estate Planning

Estate planning is critical and essential for all couples including LGBTQ+ couples. While there isn’t a vast difference in the process of drafting estate planning documents between heterosexual couples and LGBTQ+ couples, same-sex couples face unique challenges when dealing with estate plans and end-of-life care and may need to review their current documents. Here are…Read More

Advance Directive for Health Care: What you need to know

An ADHC is a specific type of document that allows you to tell your health care providers, in advance, how you want to be treated in the event you are determined by a physician to have a “terminal condition,” are “persistently unconscious” or have an “end-stage condition.” These terms have a particular definition under Oklahoma…Read More

Ancillary Probate in Oklahoma

In the context of estates, when a person dies, a probate or estate proceeding is often commenced in the county in the state where the decedent resided at the time of his or her death.  This proceeding is often referred to as the “domiciliary probate.” However, when a non-resident decendent dies leaving real property or…Read More

General Power of Attorney vs Durable Power of Attorney

Caring for your elder loved ones with their disability planning may lead you to consider a General Power of Attorney or a Durable Power of Attorney. While no person likes to think about possibly becoming disabled or incapacitated, it is essential to do so as part of any life or estate planning. Read on to…Read More

What is Medicaid Planning?

Medicaid planning, a form of estate planning, helps disabled persons or senior aged persons as they pay for long-term care. Proper planning can help families and individuals save thousands of dollars and avoid serious mistakes. Read on to learn more about Medicaid planning and Elder Law. Medicaid Planning: Things to Know An extremely complex program,…Read More

5 Reasons You Should Have a Living Trust

Planning is essential in life and planning your estate now while you are able is necessary. Before you pass, you will want to ensure that your property is properly disposed of with some type of estate plan in place. Read on to learn more about the 5 reasons you should have a living trust. What…Read More

Special Needs Trust: What to know

Just as our parents have cared for us while we grow older, we care for them as they grow older. For adults under the age of 65 with a physical or mental disability, or with a chronic or acquired illness, a Special Needs Trust may be an effective estate planning tool. Read on to learn…Read More

Understanding Estate Taxes

After passing away, your assets are taxed before they are inherited. This is because the federal government imposes what is called a federal estate tax. Most states levy an estate tax ranging from 18 percent to 40 percent and will only apply to assets that are over a certain amount. Read on to learn more…Read More