Attorney Mary Patton has been installed as the Chair of the Elder Section of the Kentucky Bar Association for the 2018-2019 term. The Elder Law Section provides education regarding Elder Law issues to attorneys and the general public, aids in development of laws benefiting elder citizens, and provides a forum for mutual help for of Elder Law practitioners.Read More
During the most recent legislative session, Kentucky’s General Assembly adopted part of the Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPOAA) in Kentucky House Bill 11. Read more to hear about why the law was enacted, when it goes into effect, and what it does.Read More
Probate has a language all its own. If you are unfamiliar with the terms, the probate process can be confusing. Here are some helpful terms and definitions to help you stay on the right path!Read More
Do you want to increase the likelihood that your wishes for end-of-life care will be honored by you family, friends and medical providers? If so, you should have a living will and a health-care power of attorney. These are legal documents that you use to make known your wishes.Read More
What assets need to be probated? Not everything a person owns during his or her life will need to be probated. Learn which assets pass through probate and which will pass outside of the probate process.Read More
The Personal Representative is the individual in charge of administering the estate. This person is sometimes also called the Executor or the Administrator. Here is a review of the basic duties of a Personal Representative, Executor, or Administrator as part of the probate process.Read More
Most life insurance policies and retirement accounts allow (and even encourage) the account owners to designate a beneficiary. The designated beneficiary becomes the owner of the account upon the death of the original owner. In many instances, these are some of the largest assets that are passed on to the next generation. So, what happens when a will indicates a different beneficiary than the paperwork for the account/policy?Read More
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Guardianship has been a hot topic in Kentucky the past year. Between the increase in dementia diagnoses and the growing drug epidemic, the court system has had a great influx in the number of guardianship filings over the past few years. Learn more about the process.Read More
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Occasionally, a client wants to disinherit a family member. This could be for a variety of reasons: the family member does not need the money, the family member is a bad apple, or there is someone else who needs the inheritance more.
There is a popular misconception that the client must leave these disinherited individuals an inheritance of $1.00. Such a bequest is completely unnecessary and could actually cost your estate.Read More
The reading of the will as featured in movies and television is a common legal myth. Generally, after someone dies and the will is located, the executor will file to have the Will Probated. He or she will likely send copies to the beneficiaries or other family members. There will not be an official day where everyone goes to the attorney’s office and sits in fancy leather chairs while an attorney reads every clause in the will.Read More
We, as elder law attorneys, are often asked to explain the differences between a legitimate asset preservation plan and elder financial abuse. The key factors to look for are the intent of the elder adult and the intent of the recipient, usually an adult child or children, who are involved in transfer of assets.Read More