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St. Louis Estate Planning Law Blog

Creativity is better when aged.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

“…Dr. Goodenough’s story suggests that some people actually become more creative as they grow older. Unfortunately, those late-blooming geniuses have to contend with powerful biases against them. The highest-value patents often come from the oldest inventors — those over the age of 55.” Click here to read: To Be a Genius, Think Like a 94-Year-OldRead Entire Post »

St. Louis Paralegal Association – Elder Law for the Paralegal

Friday, May 5, 2017

Christine is speaking to the St. Louis Paralegal Association today on a variety of elder law topics, including estate planning, special needs trusts, probate administration and Medicare Set-Asides. Please see Christine’s presentation —http://www.alsopelderlaw.com/about-alsop-elder-law/event-seminar-calendar/Read Entire Post »

Check Status of Medicaid Applications and Benefits Information ONLINE

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

This is HUGE. We are now able to check the status of MO HealthNet (Medicaid) applications and ongoing benefits online. You must have the DOB and SSN of the applicant/recipient. This is a great tool for practitioners and family members. Click here for the link.Read Entire Post »

The Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act

Friday, April 21, 2017

The ABLE Act is changing the way that people who have disabilities can work, save money and spend money on qualified disability expenses. Click below for Christine’s brief presentation in PDF on the ABLE Act Basics, including answers to the following: What makes someone eligible to be a designated beneficiary of an ABLE account? Who […]Read Entire Post »

Do you know the answer to this question?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

True or False? Do you have to have anything in writing in order to act on behalf of your college-aged child in the case of a medical emergency? Click here for the answerRead Entire Post »

Get involved and help our seniors!

Friday, March 10, 2017

A letter to the editor, in this week’s St. Louis Post Dispatch, written by Mary Schaefer, Executive Director of the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging, sheds some light on the hard truths that our seniors are facing today. Read the article here » “One in three seniors struggles to meet the most basic needs of […]Read Entire Post »

Client Event and International Women’s Day 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Christine took her clients and staff to an amazing performance by the Women’s HOPE Chorale of St. Louis and the Cortango Orquesta at the Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries last night. The music and dancing was awe inspiring and enjoyed by all. This post is quite apropos on this International Women’s Day because the […]Read Entire Post »

Interesting advancements in technology benefit our communities’ most vulnerable

Monday, February 27, 2017

Falling is always just something you hear about until you have a family member or friend, who is elderly, actually fall him/herself. Falling is a serious cause of injury and death amongst those who are elderly. *One of out five falls causes serious injury and, in 2013, 25,464 deaths, among adults aged ≥65, were attributed to […]Read Entire Post »

Top Three Scams Targeting Seniors

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

For those who work with people who are elderly or have friends or family members who are elderly, please take a moment to scan this article, put out by the National Council on Aging, which outlines the three most popular scams targeting seniors. Our office has personally dealt with some of these fraudulent communications. These […]Read Entire Post »

The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, as part of H.B. 34, the 21st Century Cures, has been passed!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, as part of H.B. 34, the 21st Century Cures, was passed this week with bipartisan support. This Act will allow a person who has special needs to sign his or her own first-party special needs trust. Previously, only a parent, grandparent, guardian or court could establish such a trust […]Read Entire Post »