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In all of the Spanish regions where inheritance is covered by the Spanish Civil Code, children are legally entitled to two-thirds of the deceased parents’ assets.  However, on October 3, 2015, a new law came into effect in Spain’s Basque Country region which allowed parents to disinherit their...

One of the toughest decisions a guardian will have to make is whether a senior should continue to remain at home by himself/herself.  A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology indicated that living alone was NOT superior in every way for people over 65.  Those who share a...

Another potential medical nightmare: obtaining medical records The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA") was enacted by the United States Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996.  The HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect...

Real estate licensees have a duty of absolute fidelity to their client.  How then, can you not violate that duty when you serve as a dual agent?  Agents have been asking themselves this question for longer than I have been practicing law and don’t always like the answer.  One prominent real...

A Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare Decisions (also known as a “Living Will”) authorizes your agent to make decisions about your care when you are unable to do so.  One of the most important sections of this form pertains to the ability to withdraw “life-sustaining treatment”. Many...

Helpful Information for Guardians and Caregivers Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans aged 65+ falls every year?  Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls are costly in dollars and in quality of life.  However, falling is not an inevitable part of...

Special Administrators Assets which are not subject to probate administration are referred to as “non-probate assets”.  Examples include life insurance, joint bank accounts, and payable on death accounts.  In each of these examples, the contract with the institution (and not the Decedent’s...

Engaging in regular physical exercise, eating a Mediterranean Diet, not smoking, and drinking alcohol in moderation were all found to decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in a recent study conducted in the United Kingdom.  In addition, preventing and treating...

This was the question I posed to many real estate licensees recently when discussing whether they should inquire as to whether medicinal marijuana has been grown at a home they are being asked to list for sale.  NRS 645.252 requires real estate licensees to disclose any material conditions of the...