News by Category: Estate Planning and Elder Law

So, Who Gets the Little Red Corvette?

by: Laura Dyer Johnson Although I was not born yet, when Prince’s first album was released in 1978, I have always been a Prince fan.  Even though I was not jamming to “1999” when it was first released in 1982, I definitely spent the actual year of 1999 with it … Read More »

To Jab or Not to Jab, That is the Question

by Laura Dyer Johnson We have entered the holiday season and are quickly approaching my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. There is so much that I am thankful for, but there is another annual season that is close on the heels of these holidays that I dread: Flu Season. Like many things, … Read More »

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

by Laura Dyer Johnson As a wrap up to National Estate Planning Week, let’s recap some important facts and figures to keep in mind as you plan for the future: 57% of Americans over age 45 do not have a will or other estate plan in place; Only 1/3 of … Read More »

Duke It Out?

by Laura Dyer Johnson In California, Irving Duke prepared a handwritten will leaving his estate to his wife or, if he and his wife passed away at the same time, to a number of specified charities. Irving did not plan to outlive his wife though, so his will was silent … Read More »

Building Your “Death Panel?”

by Laura Dyer Johnson, Estate Planning and Elder Law I’ll be honest, I still haven’t read the 2,700 pages of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or the more than 11.5 million words that go into the regulations to implement it (and I’m guessing I’m not alone in that). But, do … Read More »

Equal Rights = Equal Estate Plans?

by Laura Dyer Johnson As the dust begins to settle from the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision of Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same sex marriage across the country, the ripple effects for individuals and couples affected by it are taking shape. In the pre-Obergefell era, an estate plan was … Read More »

Pinterest Fails

by Laura Dyer Johnson Have you ever scrolled through photos of Pinterest Fails? I have to admit, I love seeing these and I promise it is not schadenfreude. I truly am laughing with these fails. You see, though I like to think I am a pretty good cook (for taste … Read More »

Je Suis Stanley?

by Laura Dyer Johnson Do you have a charity you want to provide for on your death? Perhaps you have already set up a gift of some variety for that charity, but did you take into account the possibility that the charity may not survive you? Or that it may … Read More »

Estate Planning Considerations: Difficult Conversations

by Laura Dyer Johnson One of the most difficult and most important conversations you can have with your loved ones is the preference for end of life care. A recent Reuters article highlights some of the existing obstacles that physicians have to leading that conversation. Though we can hope the … Read More »