J. Kevin Tharpe, P.C.

The Fundamentals Of Advanced Directives

When someone creates a DIY will, they may have something that amounts to one piece of an estate plan. Even if that same person takes their will to an estate planning attorney and that attorney completely rewrites it (to fit the client’s specific needs and wishes), the...

Prepping For Your First Estate Plan

Even if you have never considered creating an estate plan before and have not yet begun, you still have made the responsible decision to start. To help you along, we will provide some insight about what you can do before you ever meet with an estate planning...

Benefits For An Aging Veteran

There are over 18 million veterans in the United States. Almost 1 out of every 10 Americans has served in the military. These people represent critical moments in our history—from World War II to the Global War on Terrorism. Even the most recent conflict has veterans...

What A Will Cannot Do

It is important to note that this is not a condemnation of a common estate planning tool referred to as a will—just the opposite. The point of highlighting the limitations of a will is so you can fill the gaps it leaves with other documents.  An estate plan is a...

When To Modify Your Estate Plan

You would have a difficult time finding an attorney who creates estate plans to claim that people don’t need one. That isn’t because they are trying to sell you on something. It’s because they have likely seen and witnessed the consequences of failing to develop an...

Crisis vs. Long-Term Medicaid Planning

If you do any amount of research for elder law or estate planning, you will see terms such as “crisis” and “long-term planning.”  Though both of these terms apply to elder law, they represent different situations and needs. Even people new to elder law should...

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