When I was originally ask to write a recurring article, the column initially was called Gray Matters. It was a double entradre—grey matter as in brain matter; but more especially, older Americans (with grey hair), really do matter.  I think if had to summarize my relationship with my clients, it would be that...

The number 40 appears 146 times in the Bible.  One instance I want to focus on was Moses guiding his people, the Israelites, in the wilderness.  They wandered for 40 years.  I suspect there was a lot of second guessing going on.  But in the end, people still had faith to keep Moses as their leader and to lead...

Very recently several of our clients have been notified of unemployment claims.

Unemployment benefits for claims that they did not make.  Evidently, someone had obtained or accessed their or their loved one’s Social Security number.  They received an unemployment claim from the State of Kansas. 

If yo...

One of my best friends is Lane. I met Lane the very first day of college in an elevator in our 12 story dorm. The elevator broke down (something we would come to expect over the next few years) and we began to visit over what now has been a 44 year conversation.  

Lane lives in Dallas, and as a result, we...

A couple of years ago, my wife and I gave each of our sons a necklace with a cross, a cross called The Jerusalem Cross. It was meant as a special gift. One of my sons wore it almost all of the time.

Last year, that son had some major changes in his life. He decided to leave his job of 10 years to return to sch...

In 1976, President Gerald Ford proclaimed May as Older Americans Month. The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys also recognizes and celebrates May as National Elder Law month. I am an elder law attorney, and it is my great pleasure and honor to get to work with older Americans.  

I don’t know that this mon...

I hope I make a point here with you.  April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD).  Why is it important?  


NHDD is set aside each year to inspire, educate and empower the public and healthcare providers about the importance of advance care planning.  The NHDD was founded in 2008 to provid...

Clinkscales Elder Law Practice, P.A. is committed to ensuring your services remain uninterrupted if our community is impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19). The health, safety and well-being of our team, clients, and friends of the office is our number one priority. 


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Changes to IRA Accounts 

The “SECURE Act” is effective beginning January 1, 2020.  In a law passed by Congress, it makes major changes in the way required minimum distributions in IRA and Roth IRAs are treated as you age and when they are inherited by your beneficiaries.  Prior to the SECURE Act, all owners of...

My stepfather (Andy) passed away just over three years ago.  Though he and my mom divorced many years ago, Andy and I remained very close.  We talked, if not every day, at least every week.  Andy was important in my life.  Through the years, he was at many important events: the birth of all three of my sons;...

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