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Estate Planning

Life planning in New Mexico: Guide to state law on powers of attorney, right to die, nursing home benefits, wills, trusts, and probate / by Merri Rudd

From Senior Citizens Law office:   

It Takes More Than a Will to Plan Your Estate
Should I Have a Will?
Transfer on Death Deeds
Organizing Important Information for Your Personal Representative, Family and Friends
Joint Accounts – There’s a better way than putting your child’s name on your bank account
Why You Should Not - Put your child’s name on your primary residence
Delegating Health Care and Financial Decisions

Durable Power of Attorney

  • New Mexico Form Statutory Power of Attorney
  • Uniform Power Of Attorney Act Commentaries
  • Bankruptcy


    Health Care and End of Life Decisions



    • Probate Judges Manual - A Guide for New Mexico Probate Judges by Judge Merri Rudd with assistance from Lori Frank
    • Ask The Probate Judge - articles originally printed in the Albuquerque Journal, Business Outlook by Merri Rudd

    Legal Assistance Programs

    • Senior Citizens Law Office serves seniors age 60 and older in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia Counties, New Mexico, with a wide range of free legal services.
    • Lawyer Referral for the Elderly - A program of the New Mexico State Bar Foundation that provides legal information, advice, brief services, and referrals to all New Mexico residents 55 years of age and older.
    • Law Access New Mexico provides legal advice, brief service and referrals to eligible low-income New Mexicans over the telephone and help remove barriers to the justice system.
    • New Mexico LawHelp - A guide to legal information and free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors. Provides information on how to contact programs offering legal assistance in New Mexico.


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