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The impact of COVID-19 on the senior community

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Senior Community

By Andre O. McDonald |

Around the first of the year, the lives of Americans changed forever. A new virus, CODIV-19, began to spread across our country. The virus, part of a worldwide pandemic, spread quickly and silently. Virtually all aspects of life changed – businesses closed down, social distancing became a new norm, and toilet paper and hand… Read More »

What you need to know about state estate and inheritance tax

State Estate and Inheritance Tax: What They Are, If Your State Has Them, and How to Plan Accordingly

By Andre O. McDonald |

The federal gift and estate tax exclusion is currently very high—$11.58 million for an individual and $23.16 million for a married couple in 2020. As a result, only very wealthy people currently need to be concerned that their estates will be taxable at the federal level, at least until 2026, when the increased exclusion… Read More »

The importance of advance directives

COVID-19: A Lesson in the Importance of Advance Directives

By Andre O. McDonald |

In this Covid-19 pandemic, a wrenching question demands an answer: if you or someone you love is taken down by a life-threatening illness, how far would you want extreme life-prolonging measures to be tried? In this context, we will discuss the importance of advance directives Importance of Advance Directives vs. DNR Orders For us… Read More »

A guide to estate planning for non-citizens

A Guide to Estate Planning for Non-Citizens

By Andre O. McDonald |

The United States has experienced a surge in immigration since 1970, and there are now approximately 45 million foreign-born people living in the United States. Some of them have become U.S. citizens, but many non-citizens live in the United States as well. In 2019 alone, approximately 1,031,000 foreign nationals obtained lawful permanent resident status.[1]… Read More »

Why Estate Planning is Important During the Covid-19 Pandemic (and beyond)

COVID 19: A Reminder of Why Estate Planning is Important

By Andre O. McDonald |

Coronavirus has been all over the news—and with good reason. For some people, it can turn into a serious illness if contracted. Thankfully, for the great majority of people who contract the disease, the symptoms appear to be relatively mild. Nevertheless, it is crucial for everyone, particularly those who are in good health, to… Read More »

A guide to online estate planning during COVID-19

Online Estate Planning During COVID-19 Pandemic from Start to Finish

By Andre O. McDonald |

As you have probably heard by now, keeping physical distance between us is crucial to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Call or email McDonald Law Firm to find out how we can help you complete your online estate planning during COVID-19, without taking a single step outside the safe confines of your… Read More »

The risks of DIY Wills

The Risks of DIY Wills

By Andre O. McDonald |

There has been an explosion in the numbers of Americans rushing to make their will online. Understandably, the coronavirus pandemic has created the scramble to set up wills and end-of-life-directives. However, online do it yourself wills, (or “DIY wills”) are often deemed invalid as they do not comply with all of the legal requirements… Read More »

The benefits of writing your own obituary as part of your estate plan

The Benefits of Writing Your Own Obituary as Part of Your Estate Plan

By Andre O. McDonald |

An obituary can be much more than just a dry announcement of the time and location of your funeral or memorial service. It can be a way to share your life story, communicating information about significant events and people, as well as important values you would like to impart to others. You do not… Read More »

Ancillary Probate: What it is, when it's used, and how to avoid it

Ancillary Probate: When Is It Used, Where It Occurs, and How to Avoid It

By Andre O. McDonald |

Many people own property in more than one state—perhaps a vacation home in Florida, a rental property in a former home state, or even a car titled in another state. It is important to think about how that property will be handled as you create an estate plan. It may be necessary for there… Read More »

Does inheritance affect Medicaid?

Does Inheritance Affect Medicaid?

By Andre O. McDonald |

Inheritance can only be a good thing, right? Wrong. You know what they say… more money, more problems. In this case, few people stop to think: does inheritance affect Medicaid? The answer is … YES! Say your spouse is living in a nursing home because of advanced Parkinson’s. Your spouse is currently receiving Medicaid… Read More »

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