IowaIowa

Wills & Life Planning

Legal Information

  • Are Your Legal Affairs in Order?

    Putting your legal affairs in order is important for a number of reasons. Some of the more important issues that Iowans, and especially older Iowans, should consider involve powers of attorney, living wills, and estate and Medicaid planning. Read More

    By:
    Legal Hotline for Older Iowans
    Read this in:
    Bosnian / Bosanski
  • Don’t Make Things Difficult For Those You Love–Plan Ahead

    Basic information about planning for the possibility of long term care or to pass resources on to your loved ones. Read More

  • Do You Need a Will?

    Iowa Law on distribution of property after a person's death, including what happens when someone dies without a will. Read More

    By:
    Legal Hotline for Older Iowans
  • Probate Questions and Answers

    Probate is the formal court process of distributing an estate at death. Probate is often necessary to transfer title to the estate's assets, settle claims of creditors, and resolve disputes between heirs or other people. Here are answers to some common questions about probate. Read More

    By:
    Legal Hotline for Older Iowans
  • Substitute Decision-Making

    Competent individuals have the right to make all sorts of decisions about their lives. Examples are the right to decide about getting health care, and what kind of care to get. What does it mean to be competent and who makes decisions for someone who is not competent? Read More

  • Know How to Hold it - Pros and Cons of Certain Types of Property Ownership

    The manner in which you own your property can have important consequences. The common forms of ownership are sole ownership, joint tenancy with right of survivorship and tenancy in common. Each form of ownership has its pros and cons. Read More

    By:
    Legal Hotline for Older Iowans
  • Repayment of Medicaid under Iowa's Estate Recovery Law

    Iowa's Estate Recovery Law requires reimbursing the state from the estate of a person who received benefits under certain Medicaid (Title 19) programs. Read More

  • Wills and Probate Questions & Answers

    When you die in Iowa, your property can be transferred by trust, joint ownership or by naming a beneficiary for property like an IRA, insurance policy or bank account. Property can also be transferred at your death under Iowa's probate laws. Read More

    By:
    Legal Hotline for Older Iowans
  • Inheritances and SSI

    People who get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) know they need to report changes in income and resources to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Most people do not think they need to do anything until they actually get the money. If you get SSI and you are going to inherit something, that could create a problem. You could end up having an overpayment or even lose your SSI benefits. Read More

  • What Is a Living Will?

    A living will is a written document authorizing health care providers to withhold or withdraw life sustaining procedures in certain cases. A life-sustaining procedure is any medical procedure, treatment or intervention which utilizes mechanical or artificial means to sustain, restore, or supplant a spontaneous vital function, and which serves only to prolong the dying process. Read More

    By:
    Legal Hotline for Older Iowans
    Read this in:
    Bosnian / Bosanski
  • Estate Planning

    Designed to acquaint the reader with the considerations, problems, and tools available in estate planning. (59-page pdf) Content Detail

    By:
    Iowa State University Extension
  • Joint Tenancy

    Joint tenancy is a way for two or more persons to share equally in the ownership of property. When one of the owners dies, the entire property belongs to the surviving owner(s). Content Detail

    By:
    Iowa State Bar Association
LiveHelp

Contacting the LiveHelp service...