John L. Roberts, J.D., is an Elder Law Attorney serving clients in Hampden County, MA. After practicing for 15 years, he confronted the challenges of family caregiving when his own father developed dementia. The experience transformed his practice, enabling him to help clients who are family caregivers from a place of true understanding.

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Being an elder law attorney prepared me well for the day when the symptoms of my father's memory loss became debilitating. I knew what documents to prepare and what information to have on hand.

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Painful legal battles amongst family members over Kasem’s care overshadowed his final years of life, highlighting the importance of obtaining legal documents and having clear conversations about end-of-life issues sooner rather than later.

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Donald Sterling's legal battle really began when he and his wife Shelly became co-trustees of the family trust. By signing that document, the couple agreed on two clauses that became keys to the case.

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Can you be sued by a hired caregiver who gets hurt while taking care of your loved one? A recent California court case highlights the legal issues at stake for families of older adults.

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A lawsuit brought against legendary singer Glen Campbell, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, highlights the serious responsibilities that develop when we delegate authority with a POA.

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It is crucial to find out whether your elderly loved one has been admitted as an inpatient or on observation status to ensure that Medicare will pay for post-hospital extended care services in a skilled nursing facility.

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When a group of adult children tried to sue their father's partner and caregiver, they received a shocking verdict. This cautionary tale exemplifies how misusing a power of attorney can have serious legal and financial consequences.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs gave notice that it will be changing the rules for Aid & Attendance pension eligibility. This will impact benefits for veterans and for you as the caregiver.

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VA Aid & Attendance benefit, including information on caregiver reimbursement and the transfer of annuities and trusts.

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Special Needs Trust Funds can help safeguard disabled individuals against becoming impoverished. However, the use of these funds must comply with government agencies' income guidelines.

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Some individuals may consider transferring property to a trusted family member as a part of their estate plan or Medicaid planning. However, there are a few different scenarios to consider before opting for such a strategy to ensure you do not lose the property altogether.

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If the trust was revocable (a revocable living trust) and intended simply as a way to avoid probate, your attorney and accountant will tell you that she still owned the real estate at death, so there will be a “step up in basis” for you and the other beneficiaries.

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Capital gains taxes play an important role in careful estate planning and the probate process. Knowing the specific rules for these taxes and any potential changes to them will help you and your family plan effectively.