If you are a senior yourself, or you are the caregiver for someone who is, you need to know as much as possible about elder abuse and neglect because knowledge is power. One type of elder abuse is particularly pervasive in the United States – financial abuse or exploitation. Although financial abuse does not leave physical reminders with a victim, the aftermath of financial exploitation can be devastating, both to a victim and to the victim’s family. In an effort to help you avoid becoming the victim of financial exploitation, the Lincolnshire elder law attorneys have put together some useful [Read more…] The post Lincolnshire Elder Law Attorneys Offer Tips to Prevent Financial Exploitation appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Your estate plan will likely be among the most important set of legal documents you create and execute over the course of your lifetime. When properly drafted, an estate plan can not only create the framework for the distribution of your estate assets when you are gone, but protect and grow those assets during your lifetime as well as ensure that loved ones are provided for in the event that something happens to you. To help ensure that your estate plan is a success, the Lincolnshire estate planning attorneys at Hedeker Law, Ltd. have created the following list of common [Read more…] The post Lincolnshire Estate Planning Attorneys Discuss Common Mistakes to Avoid appeared first on Hedeker Law.
If you recently lost a family member, or someone else close to you, you are undoubtedly going through a difficult time full of strong emotions. If the decedent named you as the Executor of his/her estate, you may be wondering how you can possibly focus on the practical and legal aspects of probate when you are still grieving the loss of your loved one, particularly if this is the first-time you have served as an Executor. It certainly will not be easy; however, with the advice and guidance of your loved ones, along with an experienced probate attorney, you can [Read more…] The post Lincolnshire Probate Attorneys Provide Tips for the First-Time Executor appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Are you one of the millions of Americans who has yet to create an estate plan? If so, you are not alone. Surveys tell us that although most people understand the need to have an estate plan in place, over half of all Americans do not have one. People offer a number of explanations for their lack of an estate plan, most of which boil down to not knowing how or where to start with their estate plan. The Lincolnshire estate planning lawyers at Hedeker Law, Ltd. have seen first-hand the confusion that follows when someone becomes incapacitated or dies [Read more…] The post Lincolnshire Estate Planning Lawyers Offer Tips for Getting Started on Your Estate Plan appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Making the heart-wrenching decision to seek long-term care for an elderly loved one is never easy. Choosing what appears to be the right facility to provide the level of care you want for your loved one can be a long, and stressful process. Once your loved one is settled in though, the worst should be behind you right? Maybe not. Imagine getting a phone call a few months later informing you that your loved one has been “involuntarily discharged” from the nursing home. If you aren’t sure what this means, you are not alone. Many people do not even realize [Read more…] The post Proposed Illinois Law Would Keep Nursing Homes Properly Staffed appeared first on Hedeker Law.
When you think about estate planning, you likely focus on decisions surrounding the division of your estate assets when you are gone and the desire to provide for loved ones with those assets. Your estate plan, however, should do more than simply create a roadmap for the distribution of your estate assets. It should also include strategies for growing and protecting those assets over the course of your lifetime. In fact, without incorporating asset protection strategies into your estate plan now, you might not have any assets left to pass down when you die. To help you get started protecting [Read more…] The post Lincolnshire Asset Protection Attorneys Offer Tips appeared first on Hedeker Law.
At some point during your retirement years there is a very good chance that you, or a spouse, will need long-term care (LTC). Although you may prefer not to dwell on the possibility that you will end up in a nursing home, failing to plan for it could result in unwanted financial ramifications. Specifically, you could be forced to “spend-down” your estate assets in an effort to qualify for Medicaid benefits. To help you understand the importance of including Medicaid planning in your estate plan, Lincolnshire Medicaid attorneys explain the Medicaid spend-down rules. Will You Need LTC? No matter how [Read more…] The post Lincolnshire Medicaid Attorneys Explain the Spend-Down Rules appeared first on Hedeker Law.