Untangling the Medi’s: Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap, Medi-what?

Medicare, Medicaid, and Medigap are all familiar terms to an Elder Law attorney, even as their similarity can cause confusion to our clients.  Here then is a brief explanation of these programs. MEDICARE Medicare began hospital and health insurance coverage in 1965.  Insurance is provided to individuals who are 65 years of age (or older),… Read more »

Have you Engaged Your Agency?

May 2018 marks the 55th anniversary of what is now known as Older Americans Month. When Senior Citizens Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans, or about 9% of the population, had reached their 65th birthday.  Today, almost 50 million Americans (15.2% of the population) are age 65 or older. “Engage at… Read more »

Should You Choose a Relative as Executor of Your Estate?

You may not be a millionaire, but maybe you have a good amount of money set aside to build a legacy. You want to give to your alma mater or an organization or charity close to your heart, or donate valuable artwork to a museum. You also want assurance it will happen after you’re gone…. Read more »

The Difference Between Estate Plans and Wills

There will come a time in your life when you realize you should plan for its end. As you grow older, retire, and scale down some of your belongings it might occur to you to draft a will so certain possessions with sentimental or monetary value are bequeathed to the people you designate. While a… Read more »

Estate Planning is Not Only About Distributing Assets

When you think of the term “estate plan,” do you think, “Who gets my stuff when I’m dead?” Of course this is part of estate planning, but it’s not all of it. This seems obvious, but there might come a time in your life when you’re not dying, yet you’re not able to make your… Read more »

October 19 – Geneva Explains Intestate Succession

October 19 – NBI day-long presentation on probate in Richmond; Geneva explains intestate succession (what happens when someone dies without a will) and the ethics rules governing attorney conduct in estate administration.

October 20 – Geneva shares the most common Myths of Estate Planning

Geneva shares the most common Myths of Estate Planning at the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Senior Advocacy Networking Group. The event includes lunch and is free for Chamber members, but registration is required. Visit www.vpcc.org to register and for more information. Change The Crossings – change Aug. 10 to Oct. 26

Thursday, August 10: Geneva presents to The Crossings in Yorktown

This presentation for Crossings residents covers the basics of estate planning such as the difference between a will and trust, FAQs, and common misconceptions about planning.  Philip Sweat Caring Transitions will also be sharing “the stage” to discuss everything families need to know to successfully organize themselves for all of life’s transitions.

Monday, July 31: Geneva explains assets and estate administration

The National Business Institute offers continuing education credit for a variety of professionals including, attorneys, financial advisors and accountants.  Geneva’s topic involves identifying and securing assets for probate and joins other attorneys with administration expertise for this “101” on estate administration.  For more information or to register visit click here.

Do Not Rush to Qualify: The Biggest Error in Estate Administration

As much as people don’t enjoy conversations around estate planning – incapacity and death being unsettling topics – after someone has died family members quickly want to understand the financial implications of that person’s passing.  In other words, they want to begin estate administration – the transfer of a decedent’s assets to beneficiaries.  The primary… Read more »