Advance Directives

Stranger Things from Beyond the Courthouse

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Stranger Things from Beyond the Courthouse
Posted on: March 6, 2018
By Hallie L. Zobel, Esq.

The following Is based on a presentation I gave in January to a group of local professionals. I decided to call it Stranger Things, because some things I’ve seen in my career really are stranger than fiction!

Recent surveys from Caring.com show ...

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Coping with an Unexpected Death in Your Home

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Coping with an Unexpected Death in Your Home
Posted on: August 1st, 2016
By Mary Merrell Bailey, Esq. CPA MBA MSTax MSAccounting

Death often comes without warning. Returning home to find that a loved one has passed away unexpectedly can be traumatizing and leave you in a state of shock and disbelief. Your ability to think clearly is compromised as stress levels rise, and stress affects your ability to make quick decisions. Confusion sets in. You panic. What should you do? ...

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My Wishes, My Way – Steps to Ensure Your Advance Directives Are Honored

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My Wishes, My Way – Steps to Ensure Your Advance Directives Are Honored
Posted on: March 22nd, 2016
By Mary Merrell Bailey, Esq.

Your chances for success rest on how effectively and how often you communicate your wishes.It happens too often. A health care emergency occurs; panic ensues, and the patient’s end-of-life wishes take a back seat to established protocols to extend life. Failing to honor a patient’s advance directives can increase the individual’s discomfort and ...

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National Healthcare Decisions Day – A Platform to Have the Conversation

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Founded in 2008, National HealthCare Decisions Day (NHDD) is the day set aside to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance healthcare decision-making.

National Healthcare Decisions Day — A Platform to Have the Conversation
Posted on: April 15th, 2015
By Mary Merrell Bailey, Esq. CPA MBA MSTax MSAcctg

Did you know that tomorrow is April 16th — National Healthcare Decisions Day?  Those of us who offer legal counsel, advisory services, or healthcare related services are particularly ...

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Son Discovers Mother’s Estate Plan in Storage Unit after Spending Nearly $24,000 in Guardianship Fees

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Son Discovers Mother’s Estate Plan in Storage Unit after Spending Nearly $24,000 in Guardianship Fees
Posted on: February 25th, 2015
PROTRACTED GUARDIANSHIP PROCESS COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED
By: Hallie L. Zobel, Esq

A properly executed durable power of attorney is a critical component of an estate plan.Estate planning is a thoughtful process that sets forth your intentions for the future while managing the present.

Developing an estate plan is perhaps one of the noblest actions you will take ...

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Advance Directives and Your Legal Authority For Missing Family Members – What Do You Do?

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Advance Directives and Your Legal Authority For Missing Family Members – What Do You Do?
Posted on: July 28th, 2014
By: Mary Merrell Bailey, Esq. CPA MBA MSTax MSAcctg

Acting as a Successor Trustee – Advance Directives and How They Affect You  

The news is full of speculation as to the whereabouts of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.  The March 8, 2014 flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared.  No trace of the plane – or its 239 passengers and crew – has ...

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Hey, what about a Living Will?

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Hey, what about a Living Will?
Posted on: October 22nd, 2010
By: Mary Merrell Bailey, Esq. CPA MBA MSTax MSAcctg

Recently, I watched the season premiere of “Brothers and Sisters.” It was packed with legal issues, pertinent to the type law I practice. You know the show, the strong matriarch, Sally Fields, at the head of the whiny family known as the Walkers. It takes place one year after the horrible automobile accident that occurred at the cliffhanger last May.

Last season left ...

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