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It's A New Year!

Tuesday, January 01, 2019
Many of us make New Year’s resolutions and the vast majority of those resolutions are about losing weight, exercising more, or quitting smoking. Other popular resolutions are managing debt, saving more money, or volunteering. What about a resolution that can impact your life and the life of your family for years to come? Making or revising your will should be at the top of your resolution list. Everyone needs a will, a power of attorney for financial and health decisions, and a living will. Preparing these documents need not be costly. Worksheets for wills, powers of attorney and living wills are on this website. Take a few minutes to complete them and contact us to get the ball rolling on your estate plan. I promise this is a resolution you can easily keep!

Choosing The Right Lawyer

Monday, December 10, 2018

Just as you choose your physician or auto mechanic by his or her speciality, you should choose an estate and probate lawyer who does estate and probate work - not someone who “does it on the side” from their normal area of expertise. Patricia Miramon is a member of NAELA- the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys. Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Upon joining, NAELA member attorneys agree to adhere to the NAELA  Aspirational Standards. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is educate, inspire, serve, and provide community to attorneys with practices in elder  and special needs law. Read More...

Things to Look for in Your Continuing Care Home

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Have you thought about what would happen if your retirement community had a financial wipeout? Though industry members in this world point out this is rare, there are cases in which retirement communities have had to raise their monthly fees or reduce services. Read More...

Aren’t I too young to start estate planning?

Monday, October 01, 2018

The truth of the matter is that you are never too young to get your affairs in order. There is a common misconception that estate planning only needs to happen when someone is near death. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth.  Estate planning should begin as soon as one becomes an adult.  Read More...

Choosing an Estate Planning Attorney over a General Attorney

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Why should I choose an attorney who focuses on estate planning matters rather than a general attorney who practices all types of law? Would you have your general practitioner do your heart surgery? Like the medical profession, the legal profession does allow for attorneys to focus on specific areas of law. Though all attorneys have the same juris doctorate degree, estate planning attorneys solely focus on decisions that affect your family and your possessions after your death. Read More...

Now Open on Select Saturdays!

Monday, August 27, 2018

You asked for it! We are now open the second Saturday of each month. The first Saturday we will be open is Saturday, September 8 from 9 am to 1 pm.  If you need a Saturday appointment, please call  318-869-0055 or email ynock@patriciamiramon.comRead More...

Making a Trust the Beneficiary of Your IRA

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Many people do not know that making a trust the beneficiary of your IRA or other retirement plan often results in accelerated income taxation. Estates and many trusts and charities must receive the benefits within five years of the owner’s date of death if he or she died before his or her required beginning date ( April 1 of the year after the owner turns 70.5.) If he or she dies after the required beginning date, then the benefit must be paid out over the owner’s life expectancy. These rules typically mean that the beneficiary receives more money in a shorter period of time and thus pays more tax. Read More...

Effects of Technology on the Elder Population and the Future of Elder Law

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Differences in generation change the way we look at and adapt to technology. It has both positive and negative impacts on elders, their families, caregivers, and even their living environments. There are many types of technology that can be used by elders to improve independence and quality of life. However, not all elders are capable of learning new technology as they age due to changes in vision, disease, physical limitations, and mental abilities. Read More...

How do the 2018 Tax Law Changes Affect Me?

Thursday, March 01, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017. Many of the inflation adjusted numbers were changed. Those include: Read More...

What is the Louisiana Small Successions Act, and how does it affect me?

Thursday, February 01, 2018

The Louisiana Small Successions Act allows families to use an heirship affidavit to prove their ownership of property if they do not have title to their property. An heirship affidavit allows the passage or transfer of ownership of inherited property to the legal heirs by placing legal title with them when the decedent’s interest in the property does not exceed $125,000. This law was signed into the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure on June 12, 2017. Prior to this law, the cap was at $75,000. Further, the new law also allows families to use the affidavit process for estates of any value in which the person died more than 20 years ago.  Read More...