advance directives


It’s Not Just Death and Taxes: You Need an Incapacity Plan That Works When It’s Needed

Estate planning is not only about having a plan in place to deal with what happens at your death.   You need an incapacity plan that works to deal with what happens if you become mentally incapacitated.  In this issue you will learn: ·         What happens without an incapacity plan. […]


Helping Families Deal With the Financial and Emotional Costs of Dementia

This post will discuss a debilitating condition that many Americans eventually face as they age:  dementia.  First, we will describe what dementia is and what it isn’t.  Then we will turn our focus to its costs to the individual, the family and our nation.  As Elder Law attorneys we are specially […]


Durable Power of Attorneys for Medicaid Planning

Most elderly people who need skilled nursing care usually do not have legal capacity to sign appropriate documents. Legal capacity is needed to restructure assets to qualify for Medicaid benefits to pay for nursing home care.  A properly drafted durable power of attorney signed by the elderly person before she loses legal capacity is a […]