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Preparing For The Death Of A Loved One: 7 Practical Recommendations

By Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP |

This is not an easy time and, emotionally, there is not much that your lawyer can do to help. What we can to is to assist you in understanding some of the practical issues involved. Below we describe seven recommendations of things to do before your loved one passes. At a minimum, this list… Read More »

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Power Of Attorney: Why Should I Give My Agent The Power To Make Gifts?

By Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP |

The idea behind a Durable General Power of Attorney (POA) is to appoint someone (your agent) who can manage your financial affairs if you (the principal) are unable to do so. The overwhelming majority of the language in the document describes the various things that your agent can do. Most POAs (including mine) contain… Read More »

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Get Your Advance Directive: Don’t Be A Headline

By Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP |

In giving estate planning seminars, I am always trying to impress upon my audience the importance of planning while young and healthy. One of many reasons to plan sooner rather than later is to avoid being the subject of a news story like the one ran by the Associated Press on October 31, 2011:… Read More »

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Should I Get An Advance Directive, A Living Will Or A Health Care Power Of Attorney?

By Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP |

The answer is the first one or the second one and the third one. The problem with answering the question is first and foremost one of terminology. For starters, each state calls these legal documents by different names. For instance, Maryland has an Advance Directive, Virginia has an Advance Medical Directive and the District… Read More »

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Safekeeping Your Last Will & Testament: 5 Recommendations

By Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP |

So you stopped procrastinating, hired a lawyer, and executed a Will. Now what should you do with it? To fully understand the following five recommendations it is essential that you understand the importance of the original Will. After your death, the original Will needs to be delivered to the Register of Wills (or its… Read More »

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3 Issues To Consider When Drafting Your Power Of Attorney

By Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP |

So you are now convinced that you need a Power of Attorney (POA) in place to help your family and loved ones take care of you in your time of need. Or maybe you and your aging parent have decided that a POA needs to be executed in anticipation of deteriorating health. Below are… Read More »

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Maryland’s New Power Of Attorney Act

By Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP |

On October 1, 2010, a new power of attorney act went into effect in the State of Maryland. Efforts had been made for a number of years to get legislation passed that would govern the use of power of attorneys. The new Act should assist the general public by making power of attorneys easier… Read More »

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What Is A Durable Power Of Attorney Anyway?

By Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP |

So many people come in to see me and are convinced that they need a Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA). When I ask them why, they don’t know. Further probing usually reveals that they aren’t quite sure what a DPOA actually is. Let me see if I can explain the idea. Simply put, a… Read More »

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