New Name and Website

Martha C. Brown & Associates recently changed its name to Mitchell, Brown & Associates. This name change does not mean any change in the firm’s focus on elder law and special needs. Mitchell, Brown & Associates will continue to serve clients in the areas...

Stimulus Payments, Benefits, and COVID-19 Funeral Costs

With a new round of stimulus payments arriving due to the 2021 American Rescue Plan, some individuals have concerns about how these payments may impact eligibility for need-based government benefits. The good news is that these payments are not considered income and...

Costs of Guardianship and Conservatorship

If a person becomes incapacitated and is unable to manage their own affairs, a guardianship and conservatorship may be necessary if the incapacitated person did not make other arrangements in the form of a power of attorney. However, the process of appointing a...

When to Establish a Special Needs Trust

A Special Needs Trust, also known as a Supplemental Needs Trust, is a type of trust that allows for a person with special needs to receive support while still maintaining eligibility for government benefits. One question parents, or other relatives, of special needs...

Pet Trusts

Thinking about what will happen to one’s pets can be a major concern for pet owners. The questions about what will happen to any pets involves both deciding who will take care of the pets and also how to pay for the expenses of pet ownership. To deal with these...