Avoid These Common Mistakes When Planning for a Disabled Family Member

The largest single minority in the United States consists of 58 million individuals five years of age or older that are identified as special needs. The majority of federal and state benefits available to help persons with disabilities are needs based, meaning income and assets are strictly limited and can often by misinterpreted, resulting in […]

5 Important Financial Questions to Discuss With Your Aging Parents

As your parent ages, setting a plan in place for their care can be a difficult topic to broach. No one wants to talk about death and the financial realities that come with aging.  Instead of having a proactive conversation early in a parent’s aging process most families have a reactive discussion under high levels […]

Seniors Face Long-Term Care Costs with 8 Trillion Dollars in Home Equity

The need for affordable long-term support services has seen a dramatic increase. Whether you struggle to pay premiums for a long-term care insurance policy or monthly bills from a nursing home, costs all around are exorbitantly expensive. The US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) finds that Americans aged 65 or more have a […]

Let Your Health Care Power of Attorney State Your Final Health Care Decisions

If you are unable to make decisions for yourself, you can give this legal authority to someone else through a Health Care Power of Attorney, also called a Health Care Proxy or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. This prevents the courts from getting involved if there is a disagreement between family members and/or […]

The Benefits of the Senior Safe Act

Seniors now have federal protection, the Senior Safe Act, from financial abuse from either within a family or support system or by scammers taking advantage of them. Tens of billions of dollars each year are illegally taken from US seniors and these numbers only reflect the crimes being reported. Issue Percentage of cases reported Third-party […]

The Importance of Advance Directives During COVID-19

In a pandemic, such as COVID-19, it is critical to make arrangements for your advance care and directives quickly. Responses to vaccinations and understanding their efficacy, reinfection potential, and long-haul symptoms resulting from COVID-19 continue to baffle our scientific understanding. It appears the coronavirus will continue to challenge Americans, indeed the world, as according to […]

Beware of Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Home Contracts

Imagine you or someone you love got hurt or abused at a nursing home facility and you felt it was so outrageous you had to bring a lawsuit. You would want a jury of your peers to decide whether and how much the facility should compensate you for your loss. However, you are at risk […]

A List of Bad Reasons to Put Off Estate Planning

My family and I don’t own much. Can’t we put off planning until we can afford it?   You shouldn’t. It is crucial to give legal authority to a person of your choice, to care for your children if anything should happen to you. You don’t want your children to become wards of the court, […]

Consequences of Undue Influence

Unfortunately, our loved ones become old, become ill, and become vulnerable from fraud and theft. Targeted attacks on vulnerable older people to exert what attorneys deem “undue influence” constitutes elder abuse. It disrupts the older persons’ impulse to provide for loved ones and instead leaves assets to the manipulator. Often, family members do not find […]

Emotional Support Animals and Seniors

We all have heard jokes about them, but the use of emotional support animals is becoming more and more popular. So, what is an emotional support animal? An emotional support animal is a companion animal that provides benefits to a person who has an emotional or mental health disorder. In order to be characterized as […]