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Special Needs Trust Fairness Act of 2015

Posted Sunday, April 5, 2015 by John S. Palmer
Another attempt is being made to amend the manner in which a special needs trust may be established for a disabled person. More >

Pop Quiz: In Utah, it is legal to ____ yourself

Posted Friday, February 27, 2015 by John S. Palmer
In nearly 25 years of practicing law, I thought I had seen it all, and then a case like this comes along. In Utah, a woman named Barbara Bagley, as executrix and heir of her late husband’s estate, has filed a wrongful death suit against herself as the… More >

Estate Litigation: What, Like It's Hard?

Posted Monday, February 16, 2015 by John S. Palmer
Most wills in Washington include a provision stating that the estate is to be administered without court intervention. The will must still be filed with the court after the testator’s death, and an order issued appointing an executor; however, if the… More >

A New Book on Elder Care

Posted Sunday, February 1, 2015 by John S. Palmer
In her new book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America, author Ai-Jen Poo notes that that number of people in the US who need long term care is expected to reach 27 million by 2050. She also discusses an issue that elder… More >

Using Guardianships to Collect Debt

Posted Monday, January 26, 2015 by John S. Palmer
An interesting article in this morning’s New York Times asserts that it has become common for NY nursing homes to seek guardians for patients who owe them money. Entitled “To Collect Debts, Nursing Homes Are Seizing Control Over Patients” it… More >

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