The legal needs of New Mexicans did not go away when COVID-19 came calling and disrupted everyone’s lives. In fact, the virus made legal issues more urgent, particularly for individuals who needed an estate plan or Powers of Attorney. Many of our clients are older adults, one of the most at-risk groups for the virus. Rather than delay addressing their … Read More
According to The Special Needs Alliance’s publication, The Voice, financial fraud is on the rise for those individuals with special needs or disabilities. Financial abuse can be devastating to anyone, but individuals with disabilities and elderly individuals are particularly vulnerable. If you have a loved one, you should be aware of the following types of fraud or scams currently on … Read More
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Pregenzer, Baysinger, Wideman & Sale, PC is pleased to announce that they have been named one of 31 finalists in “Best Places to Work 2020” in New Mexico by Albuquerque Business First. As a finalist, PBWS Law is recognized for providing a comfortable job atmosphere for its staff and employees and going above and beyond to provide benefits and job … Read More
As quarantine for COVID-19 continues, many people are wondering how much longer they can stand it. But there are ways that seniors, caregivers, and parents can help make the stay-at-home orders bearable for those that still need to stay home. Excitement as States Reopen The Governor of New Mexico recently announced that the state was lifting some restrictions that had … Read More
Many individuals are seeking to update their existing wills or start their estate plans due to the uncertainties around COVID-19. Erin Wideman, Managing Partner at Pregenzer, Baysinger, Wideman & Sale, spoke with The Albuquerque Journal about why the pandemic is driving people to update their documents, and the legal process involved. Read the story
On May 7, 2020, the attorneys of PBWS presented an update on Special Needs Planning, with a focus on: The ABLE Act IEPs special education Medicaid/Medicare the SECURE Act family law If you missed the Webinar, you can access it here. You will need to register with your name and email address and use password 9U#A2t55. If you would like … Read More
PBWS Law attorney Daniel J. Monte was interviewed by Albuquerque Business First regarding how tenants and landlords can both approach issues of paying or collecting rent during the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. You can read the article here.
On April 15, PBWS attorney, Daniel J. Monte, spoke with Kai Porter of KOB TV News in Albuquerque regarding what business owners who are struggling to pay rent during the stay-at-home order can do right now. You can watch the interview below.
Wesley L. Enns, Associate Attorney at PBWS, recently spoke with KRQE News in Albuquerque regarding tips on co-parenting during the coronavirus pandemic. You can watch the clip below.
Divorce is generally a tumultuous time, no matter when it occurs. Financial issues are a common cause of strain during the divorce process, from how resources will be divided to alimony or childcare payments and which assets are included in the calculations. But you may be surprised to learn that those who divorce after the age of 50 are in … Read More
Wesley L. Enns and Jensen N. Wallace Join the Team September 3, 2019 ALBUQUERQUE — August 27, 2019 — The attorneys at Pregenzer, Baysinger, Wideman & Sale, PC (PBWS Law), a woman-owned law firm specializing in estate planning, probate, special needs planning, family law, guardianships and conservatorships, and fiduciary litigation are pleased to announce Wesley L. Enns and Jensen N. … Read More
Pregenzer Baysinger Wideman & Sale is approaching an exciting milestone—our tenth anniversary! Our firm opened for business on August 4, 2008. You may remember 2008, the year that the U.S. economy almost collapsed. In September of that year, when our firm was operating out of a small office in the basement of our building, using camp chairs and boxes for … Read More
The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act (SNTFA) was signed into law by President Obama, after being approved by the House and Senate, in 2016. While Special Needs Trusts have been since the Omnibus Reconciliation Act was passed in 1993, there was an oversight when the Act was drafted. Before the SNTFA was signed into law, individuals with disabilities who had … Read More
The Alzheimer’s Association released a report on March 7, 2017 with updated statistics related to the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s dementia and the growing cost and impact of the disease on families and the economy. Some startling findings: Unless a cure or improved treatments are discovered, the number of people age 65 or older with Alzheimer’s dementia may nearly … Read More
In December, 2014, Congress passed the Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (“ABLE”). The federal law amends Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code as a new Section 529A. Only people whose disability was established prior to age 26 can open an ABLE account. Anyone can contribute to an ABLE account, but the total of all contributions … Read More
Leaves are turning color and falling, turkeys are on sale and our thoughts turn to thankfulness. In addition to the most obvious blessings of family, health, life, and friends, I am thankful for my law practice and for my clients. In an elder law practice, we meet people every day who live with incredible challenges, whether it be dementia, a … Read More
No, New Mexico does not allow physician Aid in Dying…yet. This is a controversial and extremely polarized subject. Where some consider physician Aid in Dying to be assisted suicide, others look at it as opportunity to die with dignity. Oregon was the pioneer in Aid in Dying legislation, adopting the Death With Dignity Act in 1997. Since then, Aid in … Read More
The United States Supreme Court Upholds the Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry. On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, authored by Justice Kennedy, upheld the right to marry as a fundamental right in the U. S. Constitution, no matter the genders of the two who wish to marry. There were several appellants in … Read More
On January 4, 2011, The National Alzheimer’s Project Act (“NAPA”) was enacted by Congress. This Act creates an integrated national plan to overcome Alzheimer’s, which includes providing information and coordination of research across all Federal agencies aimed at improving the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and to coordinate the care and treatment of patients who have Alzheimer’s. According to the … Read More
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, also known as the Tax Relief Act of 2010, was signed by the President on December 17, 2010. For those of us interested in estate and gift taxes, we learned right away that this Act provides significant estate and gift tax relief by increasing the federal applicable exemption … Read More
Last week the annual Southern New Mexico Estate Planning Institute was held. This is the 18th year of this institute, and it continues to be very high level and the best two day program addressing the issues of estate planning that is held in New Mexico. It attracts lawyers, accountants, trust officers, development professionals and financial planners mostly from the … Read More
Ordinarily we would not do a blog about restaurants that we like, but this is not an ordinary restaurant. We had lunch on Friday at Tim’s Place. You may have read about this eatery in the local newspaper, because it opened just recently. It was recommended to me by a friend in California. Really! From California. He had heard about … Read More
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) enacted many reforms of the health insurance industry in the United States. The kingpin, or crown jewel, of the ACA is access to health insurance for everyone. As of 2014, everyone will be required to have health insurance in the United States. As a corollary, no one can be denied … Read More
No federal estate tax in 2010. No step up in basis in 2010 (except for $1.3 million). Will the Bush tax cuts expire? No more two year GRATs? What will happen in 2011? Uncertainty. Like we do not have enough of it! Are there opportunities for planning in all of this uncertainty? Here are a few: If you have an … Read More