Elder Law Attorney Articles

  • 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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  • 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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  • How much does a power of attorney (POA) cost?

    Getting a durable power of attorney (DPOA or POA) online can be completed for very little cost. However, the importance of this legal document may warrant hiring an elder law attorney.

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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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  • 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 Use a Miller Trust for Medicaid Eligibility

    Qualifying for Medicaid coverage is a complex process that involves making sure a senior’s income and assets fall below certain levels. “Income cap” states allow applicants to use a specific kind of trust to help them meet these eligibility guidelines.

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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 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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  • How to Pay for In-Home Care

    Use this guide to explore all your options, such as insurance coverage, benefits and out-of-pocket sources, that can be used to pay for home care.

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  • Advance Care Directives: Preparations for the Unforeseeable Future

    An advance directive is a legal document that identifies a person’s health care preferences in the event that they become unable to make decisions for themselves. Advance care planning provides invaluable guidance and peace of mind for family members.

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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 Can My Elderly Parent Qualify for Medicaid?

    Find out how annuities play into Medicaid planning for your elderly parents. It may seem hard to believe that annuities can help the elderly qualify for Medicaid - yes, Medicaid. This is sometimes called the "Half-A-Loaf" approach, and in certain cases, it can be a lifesaver for those who need the help the most.

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  • Dealing with an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

    Finding out that a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease can be stressful, frightening, and overwhelming. Take these steps for coping with a dementia diagnosis that will protect you, your family and your loved one.

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  • “Spending Down” to Medicaid: One Caregiver’s Personal Journey

    For many families, navigating Medicaid eligibility seems complicated and the spend down process is one of the trickiest parts. Use this caregiver’s experiences to inform your own Medicaid planning strategy.

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  • Power of Attorney: Why Not Buy a Form Online?

    Looking to save money on legal fees by purchasing a Power of Attorney form online? Here's how that approach could end up costing you more in the long run.

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  • When Family Members Feud Over Power of Attorney

    Power of attorney forms are a crucial part of planning for future health care needs and financial decisions, but it is important to understand how these legal documents can be drafted and the effects they can have on family relationships.

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  • Selling Your Parent's Home When They Have Alzheimer's

    When a parent is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, at some point you or a family member may need to sell their home so they can move into senior housing. Here's what caregivers need to know before trying to sell their aging parent's house.

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  • Can a Caregiver Change a Loved One’s Power of Attorney?

    Two common scenarios are when a caregiver no longer wishes to be POA and when a family member wants to challenge the legality of a POA’s actions. Changes are dependent on the principal’s competency, how the document is written and the desired outcome.

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