Elder Law

  • Why a Letter of Competency Should Be Part of Every Senior’s Legal File

    Adding this one simple step when a loved one creates or changes their will, powers of attorney and other crucial legal documents can minimize unnecessary stress and familial discord down the road.

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  • How to Choose an Elder Law Attorney

    Elder law issues are typically difficult for a senior and their family to address. Use these tips for hiring an elder law attorney for help with long-term care benefits, power of attorney or guardianship issues, and creating or probating a will.

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  • Applying for Medicaid: An Elder Law Attorney Can Help

    The Medicaid application process can be extremely complicated, so be sure to do your research beforehand. When applying for state Medicaid benefits, you may want to consider hiring an elder law attorney to help.

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  • Why Elder Law Attorneys Aren’t Just for Seniors

    Planning ahead benefits seniors and their family caregivers. Working with an attorney who specializes in elder law gives seniors peace of mind and allows family members to understand their roles and responsibilities before they must act on them.

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  • Legal Competency: When Is It Too Late to Create a Will, Trust or POA?

    It is crucial to engage in proper legal planning with family members while they are still of sound mind. An elder law attorney outlines competency criteria that must be met in order to obtain valid legal documents before a crisis strikes.

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  • Getting Your Affairs in Order: Preparing for the Possibility of Dementia

    Encouraging aging loved ones to plan ahead legally and financially can make it easier for a trusted individual to step in and help them should they lose the ability to make decisions due to an unexpected diagnosis like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

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  • 3 Legal Documents Caregivers Need to Manage a Senior’s Healthcare

    HIPAA authorization, medical POA, and advance directives are the three legal documents family caregivers need to make critical care decisions on behalf of their elderly loved ones.

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  • The Difference Between POA, Durable POA and a Living Will

    Familiarize yourself with the basic elder law documents that seniors and caregivers need. Create a cohesive legal, financial and medical plan that includes a will, advance directives and powers of attorney (POA).

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  • How Much Does It Cost to Get a Power of Attorney Document?

    It’s easy to purchase an affordable power of attorney (POA) form online, but this option comes with some risks. An elder law attorney can explain how this tool works, help you avoid pitfalls and customize POA documents to meet your unique needs.

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  • 5 Common Legal Issues That Caregivers Face

    Seniors and their caregivers are prone to many unique legal challenges. Explore issues with POA, guardianship, elder abuse and why it's important to enlist the help of an elder law attorney in a senior's care planning.

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  • Planning Ahead for Mom and Dad's Elderly Care

    Advance care planning can make a critical difference in the lives of your parents as they age. An elder law attorney can help your elderly parents with advance directives, wills, living trusts and power of attorney before they get sick.

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  • How HIPAA Impacts Caring for Aging Parents

    If you have concerns about an elderly loved one’s health and are involved in their daily care, it is very important to understand the impact of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) on caregiving for seniors.

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  • How to Prepare a Letter of Last Instruction for End-of-Life Wishes

    A letter of instruction is an informal estate planning document that clearly communicates instructions and desires that are to be handled after a person dies. It guides surviving family members through personal, financial and funeral information.

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  • How to Find out If a Loved One Had a Will

    Learn how to find out if a valid will exists and get tips on where to look for one so you can begin the probate process.

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  • How to Set Up a Miller Trust for Medicaid Eligibility

    A senior’s income and assets must fall below certain limits to qualify for long-term care Medicaid. “Income cap” states allow applicants to use a Miller Trust to help them meet income eligibility guidelines.

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  • When POA Isn’t Enough: Other Forms Needed to Act on a Loved One’s Behalf

    Power of attorney documents allow caregivers to advocate for elderly loved ones, but some institutions require additional documentation. See what specific permissions you’ll need to access personal information and make vital decisions.

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  • Weighing the Pros and Cons of a Living Trust

    A living trust is a popular financial tool that can be used for Medicaid planning, estate planning and tax planning purposes. However, a trust may not be the best the best approach, depending on a person’s long-term goals and unique financial situation.

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  • Power of Attorney Explained

    One of the most powerful tools for managing your affairs should you become mentally incapacitated is a durable power of attorney (DPOA). Understand the legal powers and responsibilities of assigning and holding POA.

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  • Can You Change or Cancel a Will?

    People, families and finances change over time, and these changes should be reflected in one’s estate-planning documents. Consult an elder law attorney about your options for updating or revoking a will to ensure your wishes are followed.

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  • What to Do When the Bank Refuses a Financial POA Document

    Sometimes even a legally prepared power of attorney (POA) document is refused by the bank. Know why financial institutions hesitate to grant POAs access to accounts and how to remedy this situation.

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