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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Polly Wants A Cracker, And A Trust Fund


Fluffy, Fido, and Polly are more than just pets. They are family members. But unless you make special plans for them, they will be treated no differently than a piece of furniture when you die.

A lot of people assume that their family members will step up and do the right thing for a beloved pet, but we have seen many heartbreaking things happen to pets who outlive their owners.

Sometimes nobody in the family wants, or is able to, take a new pet into their home.
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

What is a Spendthrift Trust?


One goal of estate planning is to provide for our loved ones when we are no longer around. At times, however, some beneficiaries may irresponsible or have other issues that could lead them to squander an inheritance. In these situations, it is possible to leave assets to a troubled heir by creating a spendthrift trust. In short, the objective is to limit a beneficiary's access to trust property in order to protect it from him or herself, or creditors.

The trust is set up so that assets or funds are not provided directly to the beneficiary.
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Applying for Veterans’ Disability Benefits in North Carolina


The Department of Veterans Affairs operates several programs that provide financial, medical, and other forms of assistance to veterans. At the federal level, there are four major benefit programs:

  • Disability compensation

  • Free or low-cost medical care

  • Education programs

Pension programsMany other types of veterans’ benefits are available as well, including special benefits regarding home financing, job training, PTSD support, small business loans, counseling, life insurance, and burial and memorial services. Benefits for survivors are also often available.
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

How To Avoid Long Term Care Insurance Scams


Although they are not as popular as they were a few years ago, long-term care insurance plans are still being sold to many 50 and 60-somethings worried about how they will pay for in-home care or a nursing home stay. Before buying a long-term care plan, or making changes to an existing plan, there are a few things to look out for.

In theory, long-term care plans are great. Hiring an in-home nurse or moving into an assisted living facility can cost upwards of $90,000 per year. A lot of people are not able to afford this sort of care without government assistance.
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

What March Madness Can Teach Us About Building A Successful Business


Although one of the attorneys in our office is a Duke alum who never cheers for the Tar Heels, it was still exciting to see North Carolina win the men’s NCAA tournament last month. And it was even more thrilling to see South Carolina win their first ever women’s title. The Carolinas are home to some really fine ball players, and we can all be proud of how the student athletes represented us.

They play so well, and are so poised during interviews, that it is easy to forget that the players in the March Madness tournament are students. (Some students are arguing that this is evidence that they are virtually professionals and should be paid like it, but that is a topic for another day.


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Friday, March 31, 2017

Why We Were Thinking About Power of Attorney Documents on New Year’s Eve


When the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve we hope you were having a good time, and not thinking about your power of attorney documents. But we have a confession to make. We were thinking about power of attorney documents. Weird yes, but not totally bizarre. You see, South Carolina adopted a new law governing power of attorney documents in 2016, and it went into effect on January 1, 2017.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sound Legal Advice is a Key to Start-Up Success


Earlier this month the popular tech company Snap, owner of the hot app Snapchat, went public. It is just the latest example of a tech start-up that grew phenomenally by bucking the trends and cutting its own path, but that ultimately decided to take a more traditional route to fully capitalize on its success.

The crazy thing about Snap, is that its main product, Snapchat, is notoriously difficult for anyone over 30 to understand. Yet its IPO was a resounding success. Some reports suggest that the company’s devoted, young fan base may be the reason why.


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Saturday, March 11, 2017

How Long Does It Take To Settle An Estate?


Sorting out a loved one’s estate can be overwhelming. There funeral expenses to take care of right away, and other bills soon start to pile up. And there are lots of non-monetary things to take care of as well, including grieving.
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Monday, February 20, 2017

Counting on Medicaid? You Might Need To Spend Down.


Long term care in a nursing home facility is ridiculously expensive. All but the wealthiest families would see their assets and income wiped out if they had to pay for it themselves. So how do normal families afford the care their loved ones need? They don’t. Most families rely on government assistance, specifically Medicaid, to pay for long term care.

Medicaid is the single largest payer of nursing home bills in America.


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Why Life Insurance Belongs In Your Estate Plan


In our previous post we mentioned life insurance is a must have for new or soon-to-be parents, but it is such an important and versatile estate planning tool, that it deserves a full post of its own.

The Basics

There are two different types of life insurance, term and permanent.

Term life insurance only covers you for a specific amount of time, often 10, 20, or 30 years.


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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Estate Planning For New And Soon-To-Be Parents


Keeping a tiny human alive and making sure they feel just how much they are loved is one of the most stressful yet most rewarding things you will ever do. Period. End of story. It is heart-wrenching to think about what would happen to them if you weren’t there to care for them, but preparing for the worst is something all new parents should do.

Life Insurance

One of the best steps you can take to prepare for the unthinkable is to buy a life insurance policy that covers the child’s primary caretakers.


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