Author Archives: Helen Cripps

In the words of the comedian Larry the Cable Guy, get er done!

If you’re waiting to do your powers of attorney until you think you might need them, you’ve waited too long.  Too often we have children contact us because they need to get a power of attorney for their parent.  A power of attorney is not something a child gets from or for the parent – read more…

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Why Won’t My Parents’ Lawyer Talk to Me? I’m Just Trying to Help Them!

We understand individuals can sometimes become frustrated when we are ethically prevented from communicating with them.  They call and want to ask questions about their parents’ estate planning, or schedule an appointment on behalf of their parents, who have not done any planning and whose health is now failing.  The family member wants and expects read more…

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The Intersection of Business Ownership and Estate Planning

At Cripps & Simmons we consider all of a client’s assets when doing estate planning, including any interests they may own in a business entity. Whether your interest is only as an investor, or you actively participate in a business, we want to know about it. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that a business is read more…

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When Is It Time To Update Your Estate Planning?

The short answer is NOW. If you have not at least reviewed your estate planning within the last year or two, you may be leaving loose ends that need some tidying up. While contemplating incapacity and death is never an enjoyable task, it’s critical that your affairs be in order at all times. A good read more…

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Self-Settled Special Needs Trust

A Long Awaited Special Needs Trust Amidst all of the post-election chaos, a long-awaited change in the availability of Supplemental Needs Trusts was signed into law. The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act , which was part of the 21st Century Cures Act, allows a disabled individual, who is under the age of 65 and has read more…

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What Does It Mean To Be On A Bank Account?

When we meet with clients, often one of the first things we need to review is the client’s assets and how they are owned. This is true for estate planning clients as well as elder law and estate/trust administration clients. One of the most misunderstood assets is the checking account (although the following could apply read more…

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Be Careful What You Wish For …

Be Careful What You Wish For ….. I just returned from the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning. While we covered a lot of topics over the week, mostly related to taxes and other estate planning issues, like most attendees, I went with the hope that I would have answers to questions our clients have right read more…

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Checking the List Twice

Well it’s that time of year again. I’m sure no one needs anything else added to their “to-do” list, but since the end of the calendar year always seems to arrive in a rush, here are just a few things on that all important list that should be checked twice: • Have you taken your read more…

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One Size Fits All……or does it?

One Size Fits All……or does it? I’m sure we’ve all looked at many things that are tagged “One Size Fits All” and thought to ourselves, “There’s no way that would fit everyone”. The same is true for estate planning. One size does not fit all. I am reminded of this every time I hear about read more…

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Why Won’t My Lawyer “Friend” Me?

Since I have received a number of “friend requests” from FaceBook, many from clients, I thought I’d take this opportunity to explain why I am not able to accept those requests (even though I’d really like to). We at Cripps & Simmons take our duty of client confidentiality very seriously. Attorney ethical obligations extend to read more…

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