Greetings - Welcome to our firm's Blog! Curious to learn more about topics of interest in regards to Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning/Asset Protection and other elder law matters in general? Be sure to check out our online blog! 

To see a listing of our website blog articles tagged and sorted by their own specific topics,  just click on their corresponding 'Blog Categories' links below, located directly under the 'Contact Us Today' field on the lower right of this page. (If viewing this on a desktop or laptop computer.)

Prefer to listen to podcasts on the go instead? Our newest media offering from the firm is an ongoing podcast put out by Robert and Cricket Haley, called 'Aging Intelligently'. 

Welcome to Aging Intelligently, where we walk with you down the path of getting older and together, climb those obstacles that seem insurmountable. Information and preparation can change your perception of aging. To learn more, we invite you to also check out our Aging Intelligently website, located here.

Certified Elder Law Attorney®, Robert W. Haley, and his wife, Cricket, a Certified Elder Care Manager, share their journey from fat to fabulous. They discuss their research, personal experience and interview other experts in the fields of Elder Law, Care Management, Finance, Nutrition, Fitness, and even Travel, so you too, can be holistically well and secure wherever life's path may lead.

*This podcast is accessible through many applications, including AppleSpotify, Anchor, Breaker and Google podcastsSubscribes Welcome! 

Do you have a blended family? What happens when you want to be cremated and your family wants you buried instead?

Be sure to join us for an online discussion with Cricket Haley of Covenant Care Management. Online events presented are re-occurring and typically hosted on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. 

Our next Zoom meeting is set for Wednesday, September 16, 2020 6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada).

To register, please email us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a confirmation email containing information about joining this meeting, or click on the event link below:

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Please join us in saying Happy Anniversary and Congratulations this morning to Managing Attorney, Robert W. Haley of The Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia!

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of when he began his law practice in his hometown of Bassett, Virginia. #attorniversary#congratulations#anniversary

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So, exactly what is a 'Death Cafe''? Join Covenant Care Management today online via Zoom (08-19-2020) at 6:00 PM today to find out!

For a brief overview and general information on this topic, click here:

To join the Zoom Meeting set for 6pm today, click the link below:

Meeting ID: 872 8235 0550 


#endoflifeissues #endoflifeplanning#healthandwellness

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File this next one under the 'be aware/scam' category: Let's say you recently visited an attorney to have a deed done on your home, and once that deed is drafted, finished and completed by the attorney, you are called to come to their office and sign it in front of a notary, and then take it to the clerk's office as directed by that attorney to put it on record. After that, you most likely put it out of your mind.

But wait - what's this? A few weeks later, you then receive a 'Recorded Deed Notice' in the mail. This letter may certainly look legitimate at first, and claims that you need to send money (anywhere from $20.00 to $100.00, or more in some cases) to get a copy of your deed. The letter states that a copy of your deed is necessary to prove ownership.

Do not send money or respond to these companies. The truth is, you can get a copy of your recorded deed locally from your clerk of courts office in your county for a nominal charge if do you need one.

Once a deed has been filed and recorded, it is in the court system and is legally processed, regardless of whether or not you have a personal copy of it. If you receive a letter claiming that you should send money to obtain your deed, or any other document pertaining to your deed, and you are unsure if that letter is truly legitimate, contact the original attorney who prepared your deed, your county tax assessor, or your county clerk of court for more information.

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For those at risk for falling, the bedroom can be a hazard zone. You may not hear about bedroom falls in the news, but falls for a variety of reasons, are a well-known and documented danger that the senior population face in their day-to-day lives!

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The IRS is warning nursing home and other care facilities that Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) generally belong to the recipients, not the organizations providing the care.

The IRS issued this reminder following concerns that people and businesses may be taking advantage of vulnerable populations who received the Economic Impact Payments.

"The payments are intended for the recipients, even if a nursing home or other facility or provider receives the person’s payment, either directly or indirectly by direct deposit or check," the agency said in a statement. These payments do not count as a resource for purposes of determining eligibility for Medicaid and other federal programs for a period of 12 months from receipt. They also do not count as income in determining eligibility for these programs.

To read the full article on this courtesy of CPA Practice Advisor, click here.

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Courtesy of, this article below explains how some Americans who are still eagerly awaiting their coronavirus stimulus payments may be in for an unwelcome surprise:  Receiving less money than they had expected!

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This is pulled from the site - Scammers may use #COVID19 as an opportunity to commit Medicare fraud. In some cases, they might tell you they'll send a Coronavirus test, masks, or other items in exchange for your #Medicare Number or personal information. Don’t fall for it; it’s a scam.

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Congratulations are in order! Managing Attorney Robert W. Haley has been named to the list of America's Most Honored Lawyers for 2020! In addition, Mr. Haley is among the top 5% of all those who were awarded.

Each year The American Registry catalogs the accolades of attorneys around the country. These ratings and awards are given by trusted professional organizations, peers, judiciary, media and clients.

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I was in with some clients this afternoon and the date sunk in...June 1st 24 years ago I took over the long time law firm of Philpott & McGhee! I moved back home and opened my practice in 1995 but on this day in 1996, Dale McGhee retired from the private practice of law while remaining the County Attorney for Henry County. Thanks Dale for setting me up and thanks Betty Wright for hanging around to take care of me all those years!!

I’ve been blessed much more than I ever deserved!!!

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It’s not unusual for a person to pass away and leave behind some unpaid debt. For heirs, typically the surviving spouse or children — the question often is what, exactly, happens to those obligations. The quick answer is it depends on both the type of debt and the laws of the state. 

Creditors generally try to collect what’s owed to them by going after the decedent’s estate during a process called Probate, or Estate Administration. There are instances, however, where the surviving spouse, or another heir, may be legally responsible! 

Click the link below to read the full article, or contact us to schedule a one-on-one consultation if you were named executor in someone's will, or if you qualified as administrator on the estate (if no will was in place at that person's passing.) We are here to help!

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