Understanding Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts: A Guide with Real-Life Examples

Navigating the complexities of Medicaid eligibility can be a daunting task, especially when it involves the protection of your hard-earned assets. One effective tool in this arena is the Medicaid Asset Protection Trust (MAPT). In this blog, we’ll explore what MAPTs are, how they work, and provide real-life examples to illustrate their benefits. What is […]

Navigating Assisted Living Concerns

When the time comes to consider assisted living for a loved one, families often find themselves with a list of questions and concerns. It’s a big transition, and understanding the financial implications is crucial. Here’s where an elder lawyer can offer clarity and guidance to help you make informed decisions. Will Assisted Living Force the […]

Estate Planning Considerations for Veterans: Tips to Ensure Your Service is Honored

For those who have served in the military, estate planning takes on unique considerations. Veterans have earned specific benefits and honors due to their service, and it’s essential that these are incorporated into an estate and long-term care plan. Here are some key points veterans should consider: Safeguarding Your DD214 Your DD214, or Certificate of […]

Understanding ‘Community Spouse’ in Medicaid Context

When navigating the intricacies of Medicaid, particularly when planning for long-term care, you’ll encounter terms that might be unfamiliar yet profoundly influential. One such term is “community spouse.” I’m here to demystify this concept and its implications for Medicaid eligibility and benefits. What is a ‘Community Spouse’? A “community spouse,” sometimes referred to as the […]

Understanding Powers of Attorney and Guardianships for Seniors

If you’ve ever questioned the difference between guardianships and powers of attorney for seniors, you’re not alone. As a New York elder lawyer, I often field questions about these two distinct yet related legal mechanisms. Here’s an explanation to help you understand the nuances of each. Guardianships Explained Guardianships typically come into play when an […]

Understanding Sundowning and When to Seek Support

As an elder lawyer, I often counsel families grappling with the challenges of caring for a loved one with dementia. A common and particularly distressing symptom of dementia is sundowning, characterized by increased confusion, agitation, and restlessness during the late afternoon and evening. Understanding what happens during sundowning and when to seek support can help […]

Safeguarding Your Future: Legal Tips for Unmarried Seniors Cohabiting

As we age, companionship and shared responsibilities become more valuable. Many seniors are choosing cohabitation over solitude for mutual support and to cut costs. However, this arrangement brings about some legal nuances that need addressing. Here, we will delve into the necessary legal steps for unmarried seniors living together. Financial Talks are Crucial Money matters […]

Pros and Cons of Adding an Adult Child to a Bank Account

Are you a senior who is contemplating adding an adult child to your bank account to help manage your finances? It may seem like an easy solution for getting assistance with bill payments, but it’s crucial to weigh the pros and cons before taking action. We are here to guide you through this decision. The […]

How to Intervene When an Older Loved One Becomes an Unsafe Driver

Are you worried about the safety of an older loved one on the road? If so, you are not alone. Countless families face this issue every year, and it can be devastating for both the senior and their loved ones to deal with. The senior is often forced to confront the reality of losing their […]

How to Intervene When an Older Loved One Becomes an Unsafe Driver

Are you worried about the safety of an older loved one on the road? If so, you are not alone. Countless families face this issue every year, and it can be devastating for both the senior and their loved ones to deal with. The senior is often forced to confront the reality of losing their […]