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The Estate Planning & Elder Law Firm of Jamieson Long & Associates
4101 John Deere Rd, Suite A | PO Box 927 | Moline, IL 61265

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“Will I Have Enough to Live On?”

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“How Can I Be Sure My Assets Are Safe As I Age?”

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“How Will My Family Remember Me When I’m Gone?”

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The Estate Planning & Elder Law Firm of Jamieson Long & Associates | 309.644.4941 | 4101 John Deere Rd, Suite A | PO Box 927 | Moline, IL 61265

Protecting Your Assets As You Age!

Everything You Wanted To Know About Planning…But Were Afraid To Ask!

“The Truth About Estate Planning”

 

Discussion Will Touch Upon These Pressing Issues:

  • What Are the Four Steps of a Successful Estate Plan?
  • How Can I Be Sure My Assets Are Safe As I Age?
  • How Can I Be Sure My Wishes Will Be Heeded After I Die?
  • How Can I Avoid the Hassles and Indignities of Living Probate?
  • How Can I Stay In Control of My Life and Estate Plan?
  • How Can I Keep My Estate Out of Probate?
  • What Are the True Costs of the Estate Planning Process?
  • The Myth of the “Magic Book:” Why Documents Alone Are Not Enough.

Looking at the BIG Picture from Where You Sit

The Estate Planning & Elder Law Firm of Jamieson Long & Associates | 309.644.4941 | 4101 John Deere Rd, Suite A | PO Box 927 | Moline, IL 61265

“You want to live your life to the fullest now, and have the peace of mind that your wishes will be respected in the future.”

When it comes to your savings and assets, there’s one thing you know: They’re yours and no one else’s.

You’ve worked hard for years at saving and investing. You want to be sure you don’t make a mistake with your money, especially not now.

You want to enjoy the fruits of your labor as long as possible, and stay healthy and strong as long as you can, so you can live your “golden days” the way you’d like, with those you care about most.

You also need to know that great care will be taken to assure your wishes and values are maintained throughout the estate planning process – that the “big decisions” you need to make will be the best for you and for those you love.

It’s important for you to know you are in control and that you can trust the integrity and expertise of your legal counsel to assist you through the confusing legal and financial process of planning your estate.

You want the legacy of your life to include your wisdom, not just your money and assets. And you don’t want to leave any “loose ends” for your loved ones to have to figure out after you’re gone.

You want to live your life to the fullest now, and have the peace of mind that your wishes will be respected in the future. Our team is at your service to assure your wishes become a reality.

Please call our office today to speak to an attorney!

The Estate Planning Process Building Blocks

The Estate Planning & Elder Law Firm of Jamieson Long & Associates | 309.644.4941 | 4101 John Deere Rd, Suite A | PO Box 927 | Moline, IL 61265

A helpful way to understand the estate planning process is as building blocks. The foundation is a thorough understanding of your needs, goals, dreams and aspirations. You want to be sure you (and your spouse, if married) are taken care of now and throughout your retirement years.

Next, we need to have a clear perspective of your family members and family dynamics – the people who you care about and who will someday receive the benefits of your success. For many of our clients, family includes children and grandchildren. For others, it may be nieces and nephews, friends, or community.

You are “the expert” on family matters. We will depend on you to teach us about your family. You can depend on us to counsel you about the law.

After the foundation of personal goals and family relationships is established, you need to understand how to utilize the law to protect and preserve your assets, save taxes, and enhance your wealth. We will educate you about the legal process so you gain the results you desire and your estate plan becomes a reality.

The final building block of your plan is made up of legal strategies and financial tools to keep you in control. This is the easiest part of your plan, once all the other blocks have been properly laid.

By using this straightforward and efficient process, we will work together with you to build your estate plan exactly the way you want it – resulting in peace of mind for you and security for your loved ones.

Please contact us today for a personal consultation.

Understanding Elder Law Basics

The Estate Planning & Elder Law Firm of Jamieson Long & Associates | 309.644.4941 | 4101 John Deere Rd, Suite A | PO Box 927 | Moline, IL 61265

Your life plan is not complete without addressing your concerns about aging.

Beyond preserving your assets and clarifying your estate plan, you are concerned about maintaining your quality of life and your independence.

You’re also aware that there may be a season in your life when you will need assistance with decision making and care for your health and safety needs. You need to be assured you will be treated with kindness and dignity during your twilight years.

You have questions about a variety of things, which may include many of the following:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Guardianship & Conservatorship
  • Veterans Benefits
  • Nursing Home Care
  • Senior Living Options
  • Social Security
  • Disability Planning

We are devoted to providing you with clear, understandable answers to your questions. Contact us today for a consultation.

Our Team is Here to Assist You

The Estate Planning & Elder Law Firm of Jamieson Long & Associates | 309.644.4941 | 4101 John Deere Rd, Suite A | PO Box 927 | Moline, IL 61265

Our unique team has a broad-based background of knowledge and experience that extends beyond the limits of law. Several members of our professional team will be working with you to educate you and your loved ones while helping develop a total life plan customized to meet your specific needs.

Click on the attorneys below to learn more.

Jamieson Long

Attorney at Law
JamieLong@qcelderlaw.com

Jamieson Long, Attorney at Law, graduated from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois College of Law earning a B.A. and J.D., respectively. He is a gifted communicator and compassionate educator, helping families in the areas of Elder Law and Estate Planning. Jamie belongs to the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys, and is a charter member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners.

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Jamieson Long

Jamieson Long

Attorney at Law

David R. Chanez

Attorney at Law
David@qcelderlaw.com

David R. Chanez, Attorney at Law, CPA, CLU-ChFC, earned his B.B.A from the University of Iowa College of Business in Accounting and his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law. David is a CPA, Chartered Life Underwriter, and Chartered Financial Consultant. David’s personal and business tax planning training allows him to provide wise counsel and customized life and estate plans according to the varied aspects of each family’s needs.

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David R. Chanez

David R. Chanez

Attorney at Law

H. Reed Doughty

Attorney at Law
ReedDoughty@qcelderlaw.com

H. Reed Doughty, Attorney at Law, earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Iowa. Reed excels in understanding and counseling seniors regarding all aspects of veterans benefits and is accredited to represent veterans before the Department of Veterans Affairs. He capably assists families in navigating probate, guardianship and real estate matters, and handles all of these concerns for the firm. Reed is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is a retired US Air Force Captain.

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H. Reed Doughty

H. Reed Doughty

Attorney at Law

 

We are committed to working in tandem with your financial planner and trusted advisors. You can feel confident that you will have a relationship with skilled, caring advocates who understand your values and know what is most important to you.

Members of your team may include many of the following:

  • Attorney
  • Care Advocate
  • Benefits Advocate
  • Legal Assistant
  • Funding Coordinator
  • Settlement Coordinator

As seasons change in your life, our team will walk alongside you and your loved ones every step of the way with counsel and care.

Our team of dedicated attorneys is skilled in every facet of elder law, estate, and tax planning. We are committed to understanding your wishes and preserving your hard earned assets, while keeping you in control throughout the planning process.

As members of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys, “we aspire to the highest ethical professional behavior that will lend dignity to the client, the planning professionals and the planning process.”

Contact us today to learn more!

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The Estate Planning & Elder Law Firm of Jamieson Long & Associates | 309.644.4941 | 4101 John Deere Rd, Suite A | PO Box 927 | Moline, IL 61265

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The Estate Planning & Elder Law Firm of Jamieson Long & Associates

The Estate Planning & Elder Law Firm of Jamieson Long & Associates
309.644.4941
4101 John Deere Rd | Suite A
PO Box 927 | Moline, IL 61265

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The Estate Planning & Elder Law Firm of Jamieson Long & Associates | 309.644.4941 | 4101 John Deere Rd, Suite A | PO Box 927 | Moline, IL 61265

Will Medicaid Count an Investment Gone Bad As an Asset?

My mother has been in a nursing home for the past three years. When she went to the home I had control of her funds through a power of attorney and have spent almost all of about $350,000 on her care. I did also make an investment that she and I had planned before she became incapacitated that did not work out. We lost roughly $80,000 between the two of us. Will this be held against her for Medicaid purposes? And if she has no money other than Social Security and two small retirement payments, what happens?

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The Ins and Outs of Estate Sales

We accumulate a lot of stuff over a lifetime and at some point – perhaps due to death, divorce, debt, or downsizing – we need to get rid of it. An estate sale is one way to dispose of possessions that you no longer want or need.

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To Ensure Your End-of-Life Wishes Are Honored, a Directive May Not Be Enough

Do you want to live out your last days hooked up to a ventilator or a feeding tube? Whether you want your life to be extended as long as possible or whether you want no life-sustaining measures at all, you need to make your wishes clear beforehand. Chances are you won’t be able to express yourself when a crisis is at hand and a decision needs to be made.

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What Is a Power of Attorney?

A power of attorney allows a person you appoint — your “attorney-in-fact” or agent — to act in your place for financial or other purposes when and if you ever become incapacitated or if you can’t act on your own behalf. The power of attorney document specifies what powers the agent has, which may include the power to open bank accounts, withdraw funds from bank accounts, trade stocks, pay bills, and cash checks, among other things. If you become incapacitated without a power of attorney in place, the court will have to appoint a guardian or conservator, which takes time and money.

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What Is a Trustee?

A trustee is the person or institution appointed to manage a trust. A trust is a legal arrangement through which a trustee holds legal title to property for another person, called a “beneficiary.” The trust document will name the trustee.

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Does Medicaid’s Lien on My Mother’s Home Mean She’ll Lose It?

Georgia Medicaid put a lien on my mother’s home and property as a way to recover the costs incurred by my father’s nursing home stay. Will she lose her property? If she leaves the home and property to a child or grandchild, will they inherit the lien as well upon her death? If the property is jointly owned with her child or grandchildren, can Medicaid still take the home and property?

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Always Put Caregiver Contracts in Writing

When hiring a caregiver, it is important to put the contract in writing. Courts can be especially strict about requiring contracts when caregivers are relatives, but a formal agreement is still necessary even if the caregiver is not a relative. A recent Michigan court ruling illustrates how failing to document an agreement with a non-relative caregiver can affect Medicaid benefits.

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