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Missouri Farm Lawyer

How Do I Nurture Mental Health in the Pandemic?

We are now in a global pandemic in which many family caregivers will likely experience the same kind of shock, uncertainty and fear that I did. We worry that COVID-19 may sicken our loved ones or as caregivers that we may somehow bring the virus into our homes. We also fear that we might fall ill and leave our care recipients in need.

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Missouri Farm Lawyer

When will Social Security Stimulus Checks Arrive?

Coronavirus stimulus checks are currently being distributed, and millions of Americans are eagerly awaiting their payment. Depending on your income, you could receive up to $1,200 (or $2,400 for married couples filing jointly), plus an additional $500 for each dependent under the age of 17.

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Ozarks Legacy Planning

What Should I know about a Financial Power of Attorney?

Has a loved one named you their financial power of attorney? Are you ready to take on all the responsibilities that entails? Hopefully, you won’t be called into action anytime soon, but with the coronavirus pandemic continuing, it’s something to think about.

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Am I Making Common Estate Planning Mistakes?

When is the last time you updated your will? Could your beneficiaries have changed? If you have a trust, did you actually fund it? Is your plan ready for the new SECURE Act? Here are five mistakes you don’t want to make.

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Rules for the HIPAA Waiver Relaxed?

Under the temporary enforcement waiver, OCR won’t impose penalties for disclosure of protected health information, if the business associate makes good-faith use or disclosure for public health activities and informs the covered entity within 10 business days.

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Requests for Estate Plans Reflect Fears about Coronavirus.

Lawyers are being bombarded with requests to write wills, update estate plans and prepare health surrogate or “pull the plug” documents, as people are confronted by the realization that they could be diagnosed with COVID-19 and dead within days.

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David Payne Law's office in Aurora Missouri

Finalizing Estate Planning Documents while Social Distancing

Besides seeking to draft or alter wills and trusts, many clients were changing trustees, executors and the agents they assigned to oversee their finances and health care, if they were unable to make decisions themselves.

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David Payne Law Estate Planning

The Coronavirus and Estate Planning For Today’s Family

The rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is creating a plethora of unique estate planning and legal challenges across the globe, particularly given the volatility of the financial markets.

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Long-term care planning

C19 UPDATE: Keeping Ourselves and Our Elderly Loved Ones Safer

If you’re caring for an older loved one, you might be worried. Here is what you need to know to keep elderly people safer, and what to do if they do show symptoms of COVID-19.

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C19 UPDATE: The CARES Act Essentials for Individual Taxpayers and Small Business Owners

Signed into law on Friday, March 27, the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act is the biggest economic stimulus package in U.S. history.  Below are essential highlights for individuals and small businesses.

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