Probate & Estate Planning

A deed for real estate is a legal document that transfers ownership of real estate from one owner to another.  When buying and selling real estate, in the state of Illinois, there are several different types of deeds that are used.  If you are selling or buying real estate it is imperative that the correct deed is used in your particular situation because the last thing you want is a costly legal battle over a…
Can you write your own Will? Sure, Arizona law (like laws in many other states) allows you to write your wishes in your own handwriting and sign it. Such a DIY estate plan could be perfectly valid. You also can find all kinds of forms online not only for estate plans but for other legal proceedings. We were recently fed an ad for “Ez-Probate,” a website that purports to prepare probate documents for…
Medicare is a great health-care program for its participants. Most Medicare beneficiaries prefer its coverage to what they might get under Medicaid. But what about people who can’t afford the premiums for Medicare Part B (and Part D), the co-payments and the deductibles. For them, QMB and SLMB and QI might offer help. But what are those programs, and how do they actually work? We’ve written about the Medicaid-based programs to subsidize Medicare costs in…
Your investment accounts are understandably important to you. Chances are that you have worked an entire lifetime to amass this wealth, and you do not want anybody to come and take it away from you in a lawsuit or due to any other reasons. In order to keep this from happening, you will want to employ asset protection strategies so you can have some peace of mind for your investments. There are some steps that…
The Archer Estates & Trusts department is pleased to announce that four of its attorneys were included in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  Since first published in 1983, Best Lawyers is universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals, because it is based on over…
Archer is pleased to announce that attorney Melissa Osorio Dibble has been accepted into the inaugural class of the Mid-Atlantic Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Lawyers are nominated by an ACTEC Fellow and selected through a competitive application process. Ms. Dibble was one of 38 lawyers selected from nominees located in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. Created by ACTEC Fellows, the mission of…
On Friday, October 18, 2019, Steven Mignogna will present a program at the National Meeting of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”), at its Fiduciary Litigation Committee, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The panel will discuss a national survey on damages and remedies in estate and trust litigation.  The presentation is the capstone to a study conducted over several years, compiling a survey of each state of the United States. The post Steven Mignogna
The NJSBA submitted comments on the proposed New Jersey guardianship statutes and portions of Title 3B. The proposal is an overhaul of the guardianship act and the NJSBA’s Elder and Disability Law Section felt the changes may not accomplish the intended goals and could hurt New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents. See the letter at: https://tcms.njsba.com/personifyebusiness/Portals/0/NJSBA-PDF/Reports%20&%20Comments/Guardianship.pdf. The post NJSBA Reacts to Proposed Guardianship Rule Changes appeared first on Archer & Greiner.…