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Category Archives: Wills & Estates

Blended Families: The Not-So-Simple Estate Plan

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

Blended families, or families that consist of a couple and their children from this and/or previous relationships, may not realize the estate plan they currently have in place doesn’t fit their needs. It is common that blended families will arrange their finances as if their estate is your average estate plan when, in fact,… Read More »

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Are You Ready for ABLE?

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

As you may have heard, Congress enacted the Candy Machine 100 Dollar Bills Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (the “ABLE Act”) on December 19, 2014. Many have deemed this a monumental step toward the betterment of the lives of individuals faced with mental and/or physical disabilities. While many experts would agree… Read More »

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Maryland Same Sex Estate Planning in 2013 and Beyond

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

Estate planning in Maryland for same sex couples is dramatically different as a result of two groundbreaking legal developments in 2013. On January 1 same sex marriage became legal in Maryland and on June 26 the Supreme Court struck down portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). As a result, same sex married… Read More »

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What Happens to My Kids if I Become Incapacitated?

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

One of the overriding purposes driving people to create and establish an estate plan is to ensure their minor children are cared for and will continue to be provided for in case a tragedy befalls the family and one or both parents pass away. Benefits of a Last Will and Testament One of the… Read More »

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Owning A Joint Checking Account With Your Child: A Road to Responsibility or A Road to Disaster?

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

It is imperative that you weigh the pros and cons before opening a joint account with your child. Particularly, you must analyze your situation and your reasons for doing so. You will find that for many of these reasons there may be other options that do not change ownership but still carry out your… Read More »

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What is so “Special” about a Special Needs Trust?

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

The Problem. You have a disabled child who is currently receiving need-based public assistance such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. Your child is receiving those benefits because he or she is disabled and because he or she does not have sufficient income and resources. As a parent, you want to make sure… Read More »

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Death of a Loved One: Practical and Legal Guidance

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

Dealing with the death of a loved one both before and after death are the two most difficult situations in our lives. In addition to the emotional toll, there are also innumerable details, practical and legal, surrounding a loved one’s death. Most people are not aware of the steps that need to be taken… Read More »

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Preparing for a Grand Exit

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

Are you a small business owner? If so, you may love your job so much, that retirement, death, or incapacity are the furthest thoughts from your mind. While you may not intend to exit the business in the near future, have you considered the possibility of what might happen if you have to unexpectedly… Read More »

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The Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order Has Been Replaced With the New and Improved MOLST Form in Maryland

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

When it comes to protecting your loved ones, we encourage you to have an Advance Directive (See Get an Advance Directive: Don’t Be a Headline; Should I get an Advance Directive, a Living Will or a Health Care Power of Attorney?). Having an Advance Directive is effective in explaining your wishes and giving someone… Read More »

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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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