A Better Way to Diagnose Alzheimer’s

I have attached a link to Bill Gates’ recent blog post.  In it, he highlights a new initiative that he and other philanthropists are funding called the “Diagnosis Accelerator.”  The idea behind the project is that Alzheimer’s may begin to...
Jack – Getting it Done in Decatur, Alabama

Jack – Getting it Done in Decatur, Alabama

As many of you know, John Burns Estate & Elder Care Law, PLLC, has opened a new office in Decatur, Alabama.  While renovations are underway, we are open for business.  However, to speed up the process, we brought in a “pro” to operate one of the...
Taxing Social Security Benefits

Taxing Social Security Benefits

The Government Giveth, and the IRS Taketh Away.   I can practically set my watch by it.  Every year about this time, I get the same basic call which goes something like this: “I’m down here at the accountant’s office, and he is telling me that I have...

Why Your Estate Plan is Worthless – Part IV and Final

In the prior installments in this series, I have addressed a number of issues which can render the best estate plans worthless.  These include failing to complete the work needed to implement the estate plan, failing to adapt to changing circumstances and appointing...

Why Estate Plans Are Worthless – Part III

In this third installment, I am addressing another way that estate plans can be rendered worthless.  Simply stated, clients often fail to appoint the right people to serve as attorneys-in-fact, healthcare agents and as executors and trustees. Most lawyers will provide...

Why Estate Plans are Worthless – Part II

In yesterday’s installment, I noted that even the best estate plans can be impaired by the failure to follow through to ensure that the correct beneficiaries are named and that assets are where they need to be.  Today, I want to address the fact that estate...

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