Elder Law Articles

  • 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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  • 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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  • Stepping In as Alzheimer's Progresses: When the Court Must Decide

    Getting your affairs in order now can help ease the pain of stepping in when a parent's ability to make financial and health care decisions slips away. These important legal and financial documents can help you avoid costly court battles.

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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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  • 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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  • 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 Instruction for End-of-Life Wishes

    A letter of instruction acts as a comprehensive guide to end-of-life matters for surviving family members. Learn what kinds of personal, financial and funeral planning information to include in this document and how often it should be updated.

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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 financial tools that can be used for Medicaid planning, estate planning and tax planning purposes. It is important to know how this tool works and make sure it is the best fit for your assets, personal situation and goals.

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  • How to Select (and Afford) an Elder Law Attorney

    Use these expert tips to help you find a lawyer who is knowledgeable, effective, understanding, and in your budget.

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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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  • 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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  • 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 the reasons why financial institutions hesitate to grant POAs access to accounts and how you can remedy this situation.

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  • Top 5 Strategies for Protecting Your Money from Medicaid

    Many aging adults must apply for Medicaid in order to afford long-term care. Here are some strategies for preserving some of your wealth while qualifying for financial assistance.

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  • Estate Tax Q and A for Family Caregivers

    Taxes are an important element to consider when engaging in estate planning. Discover the answers to 5 key estate tax questions.

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  • The Top 8 Medicaid Planning Mistakes People Make

    Proper Medicaid planning is crucial when it comes time to pay senior care costs. Here are some common mistakes people make when trying to plan for Medicaid.

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  • Why Elder Law Attorneys Aren’t Just for Seniors

    Working with an attorney who specializes in legal planning for older and disabled individuals gives senior clients peace of mind and allows their family members to understand and accept their roles and responsibilities before they must act on them.

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  • 19 Free and Discounted Services for Seniors and Their Caregivers

    With so many seniors living on limited incomes, finding affordable products and services is crucial. Get the inside scoop on freebies and discounts available to you and your loved one.

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  • How to Legally Force a Loved One to Move to a Senior Living Facility

    What is a caregiver to do when a senior is no longer safe living at home but refuses to consider moving to long-term care? Guardianship is a tool that allows adult children to make decisions on behalf of an aging parent when competency is in question.

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