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ABOUT MARY ELLIS PATTON

Mary Ellis Patton is an associate at Bluegrass Elderlaw, PLLC in Lexington, Kentucky. In her practice, Mary uses customized Powers-of-Attorney, Wills, and Trusts to help clients to achieve their financial, legal, and health care goals. Mary is licensed to practice law in both Kentucky and Ohio. She is the author of Chapter 13, Age Discrimination, of the Kentucky Practice Series, Elder Law Volume. She serves as the Secretary to the Elder Law Section of the Kentucky Bar. She is also a member of the Fayette County Bar Association and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Mary earned her B.A. in Communication magna cum laude from the University of Kentucky in 2004. In 2007, she graduated with her J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law.

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT GIFTING, THE $14,000 ANNUAL GIFT EXCLUSION, AND MEDICAID

Perhaps one of the most special gardens on earth is in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Keukenhof Gardens is the international independent showcase for the Dutch floricultural sector, with a special emphasis on flower bulbs. Keukenhof is considered the royal supplier of flowers.

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LONG TERM CARE - YOUR ESTATE PLAN MAY BE BROKEN

At our firm, we recommend clients personally review their estate plan every two or three years and have an attorney review them every five years or whenever they experience a major life-event. There are two reasons for this. First, major life events can affect your existing estate plan. Secondly, laws change and generally citizens are

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5 REASONS WHY LIVING TRUSTS ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE

One of the most common things I hear from my estate planning clients is that they want a Living Trust so that they can “avoid probate.” So, I’ve started asking them “why?” They tell me one of two things: first, they have heard that probate is expensive, or secondly, they need to save on estate taxes.

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