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Can I Give My Kids $14,000 a Year?

Posted on April 24, 2017

This particular question is one that we hear from our clients all of the time. The short answer is, if you have it to give, you certainly can. HOWEVER, there

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In the world of Medicaid, one of the phrases that many people are familiar with is the 5 year look-back period. Unfortunately, it is also the one area of Medicaid

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 Although their names are confusingly alike, Medicaid and Medicare are quite different programs. Both programs provide health coverage, but Medicare is an “entitlement” program, meaning that everyone who reaches age

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This week, we kick-off a month long discussion about Medicaid Benefits and Planning. Medicaid, also known as Medical Assistance or MA in Pennsylvania, is a federal program administered by the

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Over the past month, we have examined the uses of and differences between Revocable Trusts, Living Trusts, Testamentary Trusts, and Special Needs/Supplemental Needs Trusts.  This week, we will discuss the

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In last week’s blog post, we took a closer look at the Revocable Living Trust and explored some reasons that you may want to utilize one when creating your estate

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As we discussed last week, there are a number of different types of trusts that can be employed when creating your estate plan and/or planning for long term care. This

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Let’s Talk About Trusts

Posted on March 06, 2017

In the world of Estate and Elder Law Planning, there are many reasons why we may want to utilize a Trust when formulating an estate plan for a client. Many

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A Key Resource – The Elder Care Coordinator

Posted on February 27, 2017

This past month, we have discussed the many considerations to be weighed when researching long term care options for your loved one. Beginning with an assessment of your loved one’s

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Finding the Right Place

Posted on February 19, 2017

When a loved one gets ill, most families are venturing into unchartered waters. The options for long term care are extensive and finding the right fit can seem like an

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A New Year’s Resolution to Keep

At the start of a new year, it is inevitable that people will make one or several resolutions to accomplish in the year ahead. Unfortunately, in many cases, these resolutions fall by the wayside and are never accomplished. The start of 2017 is a perfect time to examine your personal situation and come up with a list of things to accomplish.

One important goal that should be at the top of everyone’s list is a review or creation of your estate plan, including a Will and/or Trust, Durable Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney, along with a Living Will/Health Care Directive. Creating these important documents will ensure that your wishes are carried out in the event something happens to you. Without these documents, important decisions regarding your healthcare and financial matters may be decided by someone you would not have chosen.

While many people believe that the creation of an estate plan is an onerous prospect, in reality, it is fairly painless process. At Zacharia Brown, we ensure that your time spent with us is both productive and easy so that we can prepare these important documents and put your mind at ease. Please contact us at 724.942.6200 or visit our website at to set up an appointment and keep this important New Year’s Resolution.  You will be glad that you did!