Elder Law & Estate Planning

Thoughtfully guiding clients through advanced planning and in times of crisis

Are you or a loved one worried about the current or future expense of long-term nursing care? Are you afraid of losing your home, your farm or life savings? We can help!

Who we are

Paula Coody has been a practicing attorney in the areas of elder law and estate planning since graduating from Valparaiso University School of Law, summa cum laude, in 1998. She had earlier graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor’s degree in finance/business.

What we do

  • Nursing home asset protection/Medicaid eligibility planning
  • Estate planning, including Wills, Trusts, non-probate planning, powers of attorney, and health-care directives
  • Help after the passing of a loved one

Most of our pricing is flat fee pricing, so you know exactly what to expect in advance.

What's New?

Thinking About Beneficiary Designations (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this post I discussed:  1)  beneficiary designations in general, 2)  order of precedence between beneficiary designations and a Will, 3)  primary ...
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Thinking About Beneficiary Designations (Part 1)

Certain assets often have beneficiary designations: life insurance, annuities (which are life insurance products), 401(k)s, IRAs and other retirement accounts. Setting up your beneficiary designations ...
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What Happens to My Stuff When I Die?

So, you have a house, a bank account, a 401(k) and a car…then you die. What happens to those things? Well—it depends. Is there a ...
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Do You Know How You Own Your Home—Really?

Do you really know how you own your home? What does the wording on your deed mean? If you die, what will happen to your ...
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What is a “Power of Attorney” (and why you probably need one)? [Part 5]

In Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4, I covered the important things you need to know about Powers of Attorney. Now that ...
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What is a “Power of Attorney” (and why you probably need one)? Part 4

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] In the first three parts of this blog series, I discussed all the types and details about Powers of ...
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