Estate Planning (Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney)

How to choose a power of attorney

How to Choose a Power of Attorney

By Miles Hurley | October 12, 2021

We have spent a lot of time during the past year discussing the importance of a Power of Attorney. Because a Power of Attorney enables your agent to act on your behalf for all financial matters, it is extremely important that you choose an agent that you trust.  Effectively, you are giving someone else the power to…

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LGBTQ+ families

LGBTQ+ Families

By Miles Hurley | October 5, 2021

As we continue to explore the unique circumstances common in blended families, we certainly want to address issues experienced by LGBTQ+ individuals, couples, and families. We would like to recognize our LGBTQ+ family and friends on Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day,and help bring some attention to their specific legal and financial needs. Over the…

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Blended family

Today’s Blended Family

By Miles Hurley | September 28, 2021

What is a blended family?  The simple definition of a blended family, often called a stepfamily, is a family unit where one or both parents have children from a previous relationship, but they have combined to form a new family. The parents may or may not have children with each other.  (Think Brady Bunch!)  While…

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Blended family

Modern Aging Family in 2021

By Kim Lewis | September 21, 2021

It’s 2021 and I believe we will all agree that the typical nuclear family of a husband, wife, son, daughter, and dog is no longer what we think of when describing the family of today. Our family dynamics have changed, and our rapidly aging population is living longer with more complex caregiving issues and less…

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Gray divorce and estate planning

Gray Divorce and Estate Planning

By Miles Hurley | September 14, 2021

Last week we likely surprised you and made you do a double take by stating that divorce rates have doubled since 1990 for adults over 50. This trend, called Gray Divorce, has caused Hurley Elder Care Law to take time to look at our own practice and make sure we educate our clients on the…

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Exploring gray divorce

Exploring Gray Divorce

By Miles Hurley | August 31, 2021

What do Melinda and Bill Gates and MacKenzie and Jeff Bezos have in common? You may respond that they are ultra-rich billionaires, but another correct answer is both couples experienced a gray divorce. Over the next few weeks we will be exploring gray divorce and its impact on aging couples. What is Gray Divorce? Have…

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The business of dying

The Business of Dying

By Miles Hurley | August 3, 2021

If you’ve ever had someone close to you die and have been tasked with planning arrangements for the wake, funeral, and burial or cremation you know it can be difficult. Not only are you dealing with heartache and grief of losing that loved one, but now you’re also dealing with the organizational aspects of death.…

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LGBTQ+ seniors

Estate Planning for LGBTQ+ Seniors

By Miles Hurley | June 8, 2021

Throughout June we will see many celebrations of Pride month. We honor LGBTQ+ voices and experiences, and also highlight some of the issues members of the community still face. In June 1969 a gay club, The Stonewall Inn in New York City, was the site of a police invasion that was a catalyst for ensuing…

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Revocable trust

Is a Trust the Right Option?

By Miles Hurley | May 25, 2021

Over the past few weeks, we have discussed the Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare, a General Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Matters and a Last Will and Testament. When it comes to estate planning, trusts can seem complicated. Revocable, irrevocable, living, funded, unfunded . . . what does it all mean? How can you know if…

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Last Will and Testament

Why should you have a Last Will and Testament?

By Miles Hurley | May 18, 2021

Every spring as you change the batteries in your smoke detectors and clean off your outdoor patio for summer cookouts, you should also check if you have all your legal documents up to date. You know you should have a Last Will and Testament (will), but do you have one? As we continue our ‘spring…

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