Author Archives: Parks & Jones

A new study reveals that women can still expect to live longer than men on average; however, women suffer from more disabilities in those extra years. For some time, estate planning for older married couples has been based in part on the assumption that the wife would outlive her husband. While it does not happen […]

Farmers who have more than one child have an estate planning dilemma. The most valuable property they have is almost always the land and the farm equipment. If all of the children are not interested in farming, it can be difficult to give them all an equitable inheritance. Farmers with multiple children have two seemingly […]

When to apply for Social Security benefits is an important decision that requires careful consideration, but it is also important to know how to apply. It is very easy to find advice about when you should apply for Social Security benefits. Information is available all over the Internet. Some of it is good advice. Some […]

A controversial decision by author Harper Lee’s estate has many people wondering if ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ will continue to be assigned reading in school. Reading Harper Lee’s anti-segregation novel To Kill a Mockingbird has become something of an American rite of passage. It is one of the most commonly assigned books in schools. Many […]

Americans are familiar with prenuptial agreements that detail how a couple's property will be divided in the event of a divorce or death. In most states spouses can reach similar agreements after they get married. The Wall Street Journal reports that the use of postnuptial agreements is increasing in "Why Postnuptial Agreements Are on the […]

Hospices are supposed to provide humane end of life care.   Most do.  However, one hospice in Texas shows why we should always be vigilant in protecting against abuse of the elderly. Monica Patterson was the director of a hospice in Edinburg, Texas. It appears that she viewed the position as a way to unduly […]

The federal government has announced six new measurements for its system of comparing the quality of care patients receive at nursing homes. Anyone interested in information about the quality of a nursing home can go to Medicare's website and use the Nursing Home Compare system to look up detailed information about the nursing home, including […]

The right to refuse life-extending medical care is well-established in the U.S. Millions of Americans have living wills instructing doctors not to give them certain kinds of treatment. In Japan the idea is a novel one and being hotly debated. In the United States when you prepare your estate plan, you will be asked if […]

Under federal law if a nursing home patient goes to a hospital and the nursing home subsequently refuses to readmit the resident, the resident is entitled to an administrative hearing conducted by state government. However, even when residents win the hearings it can be difficult to get some states to enforce their own rulings. Bruce […]