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Posted On : December 4, 2015   By : RobG

■ Legal Counseling & Strategic Planning: – Look before you leap! •  Get a professional review of your concerns and goals •  Assess the strengths and weakness of your position •  Negotiating with a spouse, or anyone, can be daunting • We figure out a strategic game plan and build confidence • How well do you know the person you are thinking of doing or going into business with? • We ask the right questions to help you make sure • “I didn’t know what I was signing” is no excuse! See a lawyer first! • If you think you’ve…

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Medicare: Understanding “Observation Status” Effect on Medicare Coverage

Posted On : January 19, 2018   By : RobG

The rule was that one needed at least a three day hospital stay to qualify for Medicare coverage. Medicare benefits continue to be eroded by hospitals now using “observation status”  to prevent patients from meeting the “three day hospital stay” requirement to qualify for Medicare coverage.  Technically, patients are not “admitted” for care but rather to be observed to ensure there isn’t a problem that requires treatment. The concern is that this distinction is being overused and even abused to the detriment of Seniors who really need better medical oversight. This is a separate issue from early termination of Medicare coverage.  In short,…

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Does One Need a Lawyer to File For Guardianship?

Posted On : January 18, 2018   By : RobG

When should one hire a guardianship lawyer to obtain guardianship?  Given the important issues involved, one should always get legal guidance. The legal effect of guardianship is to take away a person’s legal right to make his or her own decisions.  Courts won’t do do this if there is a less restrictive alternative. Just because you file to be appointed legal guardian does not mean the court will appoint you. The court could appoint an attorney or someone else. Are you prepared to answer the court’s questions and convince the court you are a suitable, or the best person to…

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Inheritance as a Source of Family Conflict

Posted On : December 24, 2017   By : RobG

An inheritance is a gift of love, not an entitlement. For some, leaving an inheritance is passing on what one no longer needs to one’s children after one’s death. For others, the inheritance is the product of years of hard work, saving and sacrifice to create an opportunity for one’s children and grandchildren to have an opportunity to have a better life. Yet others view leaving an inheritance as a token of a appreciation for the love, caring and happiness received, particularly in one’s older years and in times of need. If your goal is to protect a child’s inheritance,…

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An Overview of the Legal Guardianship Process in Maryland

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By Rob Goldman, Rob Goldman Legal Solutions, Maryland Guardianship Lawyer Things You Should Know When Ready to Choose a Guardianship Lawyer The Parties The Petitioner is the person who files the Petition asking to be appointed legal guardian. Who has priority to be appointed guardian? The top 4 priorities are: The person properly designated by the disabled person The healthcare agent The spouse A parent. That said, the court retains the right to appoint someone the court deems most appropriate in certain circumstances, such as where there are issues relating to financial abuse and family fighting or disagreement. Consult with…

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Maryland Inheritance Rights of Adopted and Step-Children

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What you want to know. Concise, Clear Explanations Adopted Children.  The general rule is that adopted children, from the time of adoption, lose all rights to inherit from their birth or biological parents. At the same time, adopted children acquire the right to inherit from their adoptive parents. Adoptive parents also have the right to inherit from their adopted children. Can I inherit from my adoptive parent if I’m estranged? The adopted child has the same inheritance rights as the biological children; – estrangement is not grounds for disqualification. Can I inherit if I’m left out of my adoptive parent’s…

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How Relationship Problems Affect Estate Planning

Posted On : November 15, 2017   By : RobG

The connection between estate planning and how people behave. The law is intended to regulate how people behave to maintain public order and well-being and prevent people from taking the law into their own hands. But people disrespect other people and their rights and property all the time. Some children steal from, neglect and physically abuse their elderly parents. Estate planning is about protecting your loved ones, your property and your Peace of Mind. Estate planning is about managing risk. Unresolved relationship problems are a major risk that can sink your estate plan and lead to financial disaster. Focusing on…

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Liability for Inheritance Taxes in Maryland

Posted On : July 20, 2017   By : RobG

You do not have to pay the Maryland Inheritance Tax if your relationship to the decedent is: spouse, parent, step-parent, grandparent, child (biological, adopted or step), grandchild or any lineal descendant, i.e. any descendant in the direct line, stepparent or stepchild, brother or sister, or a corporation if all stockholders consist of only the above persons. You do have to pay the Maryland Inheritance Tax if you inherit property and your relationship to the decedent is: niece, nephew, cousin, aunt, uncle, step-grandchild, friend, any unrelated person, or a non-exempt organization. Property worth $1,000 or less is exempt from the inheritance tax, and…

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How will filing bankruptcy effect my credit?

Posted On : May 15, 2017   By : RobG

Bankruptcy will help improve your credit if it is already bad. Bankruptcy does not reduce your credit score as much as does being 90 days late on a payment. If you are deep in debt and struggling to pay, your income-to-debt ratio is probably so bad that no-one would extend you credit anyway. If you are planning on buying a home, typically you won’t qualify for at least three years. You don’t have a realistic chance to qualify for a mortgage anyway when you have debt problems. If you already have a house and a car you probably don’t need…

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How much does it cost to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

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What is the cost of not knowing what you don’t know? Volume bankruptcy lawyers don’t take the time to provide a thorough personalized experience to help you maximize the benefits of filing bankruptcy or to understand how you came to be in financial difficulty and consider other options. You may never know … The out of pocket costs to file bankruptcy are: The filing fee for Chapter 7 is $335 and for Chapter 13 it is $310. There can be minor other costs such as credit counseling and search fees. Why should you pay more than is necessary?  Every case is…

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What is Guardianship?

Posted On : January 15, 2017   By : RobG

What is Guardianship? Guardianship refers to the authority granted to a person by the Court to take care of a disabled person’s person and / or property. If a family member or someone in need is unable to manage his or her affairs due to frailty, long-term illness, disability or mental incompetency, you can petition the court for guardianship. A person is deemed to be competent unless a court has determined otherwise. Before making a decision, the court appoints an attorney to represent the interests of the alleged disabled person, and that attorney provides the court with a written report….

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