Columbia County Legal Blog

A Tax Break From Big Bird

By Marianne E. Kreisher Esq., CELA on November 16, 2018

photo-1515606378517-3451a4fa2e12 (1)Today’s legal advice is brought to you by the letter “R,” as in REDUCE your income tax by setting up a charitable trust. What is a charitable trust, you may ask, and what …Read more

Posted in: Estate Planning

When Is It Time to Take Away the Keys?

By Marianne E. Kreisher Esq., CELA on November 5, 2018

photo-1533558701576-23c65e0272fbNo one enjoys being stripped of their freedom, and no one succumbs to the loss of freedom willingly. It’s something inherent in human beings, the desire to be free. Unfortunately, as we age, there may come a time …Read more

Posted in: Elder Law

Group Life Insurance Through Work? What You Need To Know, Part 2

By Marianne E. Kreisher Esq., CELA on October 25, 2018

photo-1531816494000-90d3ae302088Last week, we met Charles, a fictional insurance company employee who has a group life policy that, unfortunately, won’t be giving his family the coverage they need. Here’s why.
While getting life insurance through …Read more

Posted in: Estate Planning

Group Life Insurance Through Work? What You Need To Know, Part 1

By Marianne E. Kreisher Esq., CELA on October 18, 2018

photo-1527664557558-a2b352fcf203The following fictional story explores a common insurance situation that many families may face upon the death of a loved one.
Charles is 65 years old. Though he doesn’t know it, he will be …Read more

Posted in: Estate Planning

Signature Here, Paw Print Here

By Marianne E. Kreisher Esq., CELA on September 20, 2018

animal-cat-feline-38867In the autumn years of one’s life, a pet can become more than just a pet. She is a constant comfort, a loyal companion, and a mighty warrior. Your little dog or cat can …Read more

Posted in: Estate Planning

The Last Thing on Your Mind

By Marianne E. Kreisher Esq., CELA on August 23, 2018

contract_2977241Anyone who has gone through the process of a divorce knows how overwhelming the experience can be. There are tons of things to consider and everything seems to be a priority. What do we do with …Read more

Posted in: Estate Planning

The Different Types of Senior Living

By Marianne E. Kreisher Esq., CELA on June 25, 2018

apartment-comfort-contemporary-260046One of the most difficult decisions that family members have to make is when to move an elderly relative into a nursing home. Making it even more complicated, there are different places where your …Read more

Posted in: Seniors

Three Big Reasons to Hire This Elder Care Law Firm

By Marianne E. Kreisher Esq., CELA on June 7, 2018

grandparents-1703766_1920Laws aren’t the only things constantly changing—people do, too. Your needs grow up with you. Once you reach your sunset years, the legal landscape looks very different, and it’s best to get your affairs in order …Read more

Posted in: Elder Law

Why Should You Have a Living Will?

By Marianne E. Kreisher Esq., CELA on May 9, 2018

pexels-photo-959816A topic we get asked about more and more frequently is living wills. People want to know what a living will is, and whether they need one or not. The answer to the second question is …Read more

Posted in: Estate Planning

Do You Need to Fairly Divide Your Assets Between Your Children?

By Marianne E. Kreisher Esq., CELA on April 30, 2018

hands_grow_12181088Dividing your assets between your children can be a stressful ordeal. Many parents want to be fair to everyone, which they equate with an even split of all assets. But for most families, an even split doesn’t …Read more

Posted in: Estate Planning