Mary Patton Installed as Chair of Kentucky Elder Law Section

Mary Patton Installed as Chair of Kentucky Elder Law Section

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.

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Probate Basics: Duties of the Personal Representative

Probate Basics: Duties of the Personal Representative

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.

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Fact or Fiction: Beneficiary Designations Trump Your Will

Fact or Fiction: Beneficiary Designations Trump Your Will

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? 

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Happy Thanksgiving

Bluegrass Elderlaw, PLLC wishes each of you a Happy Thanksgivng!   We are so thankful to have you as clients, collegues, and friends. 

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If you have a family member dealing with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, consider how you will interact with them. 

The Alzheimer's Associations has many resources, including: Holidays and Alzheimer's Families, Help for the Holidays, and Celebrating the Holidays with Alzheimer’s.

Disinheriting with a Dollar: Fact or Fiction

Disinheriting with a Dollar: Fact or Fiction

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.

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