About James Ward

Jim Ward is a longtime South Valley resident who resides in Morgan Hill. He went to law school in New England and obtained a post-graduate law degree in Estate Planning at the University of Miami. Jim worked as an Estate Planning and Elder Law attorney in Florida, and then returned home to open his own law firm focusing on both Estate Planning and Elder Law. He maintains one office in South Valley and another in Willow Glen.

Your Estate . . . with James Ward – Make sure documents are in place to pay for nursing home care

By |2019-04-23T23:13:03-07:00August 21st, 2018|Business|

Published in the August 15 - 28, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life Most experts quote the following statistics: If you reach the age of 65, there’s a 50 percent chance you’ll spend some time in a [...]

Your Estate . . . with James Ward – Some nursing homes act aggressively with false billing and improper evictions

By |2019-04-23T23:11:07-07:00July 13th, 2018|Business|

Published in the July 18 - July 31, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life James Ward A recent story in the New York Times stated, “We have a big problem paying for long-term care in [...]

Your Estate . . . with James Ward – There are three good reasons to ensure your trust is valid and up to date

By |2019-04-23T23:07:43-07:00May 5th, 2018|Business|

Published in the May 9 - 22, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life James Ward Why should someone have a trust? Some of the main reasons for a trust are (1) to avoid a conservatorship, [...]

Your Estate . . . with James Ward – Do you really know what your estate planning documents say?

By |2019-04-23T23:07:24-07:00April 7th, 2018|Business|

Published in the April 11 - 24, 2018 Issue of Morgan Hill Life Photo by Marty CheekJames Ward at his desk in his Gilroy office. He works in the area of elder law and estate planning. [...]

Your Estate . . . with James Ward – When it comes to your legal documents, determine who you trust?

By |2019-04-23T23:06:50-07:00March 9th, 2018|Business|

Published in the March 14 - 27, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life When you have your legal documents in place, you first need to make certain they are properly prepared and executed so they are valid [...]

Your Retirement . . . with James Ward – One part of living is being ready and prepared for the inevitable

By |2019-04-23T23:05:52-07:00January 13th, 2018|Business|

Published in the January 17 - 30, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life Cases frequently come through my door when someone has died unexpectedly in their 40s or 50s from some freak accident or even from a [...]

Your Estate . . . with James Ward – What exactly is hospice care and do you know how it really works?

By |2019-04-23T23:05:12-07:00December 16th, 2017|Business|

Published in the December 20 - January 2, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life The formal definition of hospice, as per Medicare, is that hospice is for people who are terminally ill and not expected to live [...]

Your Estate . . . with James Ward – Find someone qualified to help with your estate planning needs

By |2019-04-23T23:03:52-07:00November 18th, 2017|Contributors and Opinion|

Published in the November 22 - December 5, 2017 issue of Morgan Hill Life If you get a new roof put on your house, you want it to look nice. But more importantly, you want to ensure [...]

Your Estate . . . with James Ward – When the time comes, how will you pay for the nursing home stay?

By |2019-04-23T23:03:10-07:00October 31st, 2017|Business|

Published in the October 25 – November 7 issue of Morgan Hill Life Most people hope they never go to a nursing home. That shouldn’t be surprising news to anyone. Most people want to die at home [...]