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Books Dealing with Estate
Planning, Trusts and Probate Law

Books Dealing With Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law
(Including Living Trusts, Medicaid and Elder Law)

Please note: I have not read most of these books. Therefore, I cannot and do not guarantee their accuracy. I suspect that many of you who are interested in these books are considering "doing it yourself," i.e. without a lawyer. Before you do, please read "Should I Do It Myself Without An Attorney or: What's The Difference Between A Valid Trust and An Effective One?" of my FAQ.

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The explosion of recent laws affecting the elderly, and changes in these laws, has made finding up-to-date answers to questions about legal questions regarding this group all the more difficult. In this book, two attorneys offer a practical introduction and general reference to the laws governing the rights and programs affecting seniors. Glossary. Sample legal forms. Index.


Since its initial publication in 1989, this book has been the definitive guide to avoiding probate. Now completely updated to reflect the 1996 federal tax codes and the latest developments in the legal system, this edition also includes new information on planning with an individual retirement account, protecting against frivolous lawsuits and catastrophic illnesses, and getting organized to meet future financial goals. Charts, graphs & line art.

This easy-to-use workbook follows a growing trend in personal finance, showing how to create and implement a Living Trust, a probate-free alternative to wills or conventional substitutes. This essential book will help you and your advisors design a trust document blueprinted for your circumstances and wishes.

Expanded for the 1990s, this reference tells how to control property while still alive, facilitate charitable giving, provide for yourself and your family without court supervision in the event of disability, and avoid probate. Features plain language, step-by-step detail, and checklists.


The only book which addresses middle class America's struggle with health care coverage has been newly revised and updated to tackle head-on a tragedy that can affect one million elderly each year--the high cost of long-term custodial care. The third edition covers the drastic changes recently made to Medicaid and health care laws.

Nursing home care is extraordinarily expensive--but federal Medicaid rules dictate that a person must be destitute before the government will pick up the tab. Updated with materials on recent changes in Medicaid laws, this indispensable guide shows seniors, disabled people, and their families how to preserve assets while ensuring long-term care.

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(Mostly Probate but some having to do also with Elder Law, Living Trusts or Medicaid)


This guide discusses how to handle the probate process quickly and without costly legal fees. It explains how to read a will, handle probate paperwork, collect life insurance and other benefits, pay bills and taxes and distribute property left through trusts. Includes all the necessary forms and instructions.





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