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May 1, 2019

Do I Really Need a Trust?

I get this question a lot when people learn that I practice estate planning.  The answer is always it depends.  Whether a trust is an essential – or even a useful – part of your estate plan depends on your estate planning needs and wants.  Both a trust and a will allow you to name the beneficiaries of your assets.  Trusts can meet several needs as part of a comprehensive estate plan, and people use one or more trusts as […]
February 4, 2019

How to Take Care of Your Pet in Your Estate Plan

Our pets are part of our families.  One of the harder parts about having a pet is that they usually don’t live as long as we do.  But what happens to our pets if they outlive us?  Luckily, Maryland law allows you to set up a trust for the care of your pet, and you can set up a trust for your pet as part of your estate plan.  When setting up a trust to care for a pet, you […]
November 18, 2018

Four Ways Your Attorney Can Help You

One of the questions I hear most often is “What can my attorney do for me?”  The answers are numerous, and they depend on your situation.  There are some general answers that apply.  Whether you are starting a business or caring for an aging loved one, your attorney is there to guide you.  Here are four ways your attorney can make your situation better. Give Expert Advice – Your situation is different from everyone else’s – it is unique to […]
October 29, 2018

Meet the Montgomery County Commission on Aging

Did you know that Montgomery County, Maryland has a Commission on Aging?  In Fact, it does.  The Commission on Aging (COA) was established by Montgomery County in 1974, under a requirement of the federal Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended in 1973.  Members are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council.  COA advises County government on the needs, interests, and issues of older adult residents.  It also advocates on behalf of those residents at the […]
September 14, 2018

Five Myths about Making an Estate Plan

As an estate planning attorney in Silver Spring, MD, I hear lots of reasons why people haven’t gotten around to making an estate plan.   The Washington Post, my local newspaper, usually publishes a Five Myths column with guest writers on Sundays.  In the spirit of that column, here are five myths – or reasons – I hear all too frequently when I ask people whether they have made an estate plan. I’m too young, and I don’t own enough to […]

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