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Justice Matters, And so Does Access to Justice

Lola Waterman, OP-EDOur Time PressRacial justice. Social justice. Retributive justice. Restorative justice. Distributive justice. Justice as we individually know it comes in different forms. But what is justice? What does it mean? Is it a vague, unattainable concept? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines justice as “the quality of being just, impartial, or fair.” But how can […]readmore

The Prevalence of Financial Exploitation

Ms. Benita is retired and currently lives alone in a home she owns jointly with her spouse, now deceased. She has no children, and her closest relatives are cousins who live in another state.Ms. Benita attends Bedside Pentecostal Church and has several friends there. She is on a fixed income, but thankfully, her mortgage has […]readmore

Lola Waterman Esq. on Elder Abuse

In last week’s Estate Planning column, Attorney Lola Waterman covered Elder Abuse and its forms, ranging from physical, sexual and emotional to financial exploitation.It is a tragic issue of our time, she noted, and one that may not go away anytime soon.“ One out of ten adults over the age of 65 have experienced some […]readmore

Lola Waterman Esq. on Elder Abuse

One out of ten adults over the age of 65 have experienced some form of elder abuse, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. https://www.justice.gov/file/1098056/download. By year 2060, the U.S. Census Bureau projects that 95 million Americans will be aged 65 or older. In a study conducted by the New York State Office of Children […]readmore

Lola Waterman Esq. on Guidelines for Aging in Place

Widowed. Never married. Single. No children. If you fall into any of these categories, do you often wonder what would happen when you are no longer able to take care of yourself, be it due to frailty, mental incapacity, physical limitations, or for any other reason? A recent study by the Pew Research Center found […]readmore

Attorney Lola Waterman Speaks on… Testacy

The antonym of testator is the noun intestate, meaning “one who dies without a will.” In Merriam-Webster.com. Last week, we discussed the importance of having a will. This week, we will shift our focus to the process of distributing the estate of a person who dies without a will.It is important that we begin this discussion with an overview […]readmore

Attorney Lola Waterman Speaks on… The Will

A Last Will and Testament has roots buried deep in ancient Greece, Rome, the Church and English law. In ancient Greece, the concept of a Last Will and Testament (“will”) was a means of dispossessing of a person’s estate solely to his or her family members.Over the years, and more specifically, in the United States, […]readmore

Attorney Lola Waterman Speaks on …Guardianships

Health care proxies and powers of attorney are two of the legal documents that can be used in planning one’s estate for incapacity, as discussed in recent articles. Other available tools include, but are not limited to, trusts, living wills (not to be confused with a Last Will and Testament), Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment […]readmore