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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. […]


Caregiver Contracts Should Be in Writing When Paying Relatives for Care

A growing number of people are entering into caregiver contracts with their family members.  These contracts, also called personal service or personal care agreements, have many benefits, including rewarding the family member for indispensable help.  But some fail to memorialize these caregiving arrangements in writing and instead keep them as […]


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 […]


Medicaid Study Released by GAO: Methods Used to Reduce Assets to Qualify for Medicaid

On Monday of this week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office released its report “Financial Characteristics of Approved Applicants and Methods Used to Reduce Assets to Qualify for Medicaid.”  This report was requested by several members of Congress, including:  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and Reps. Darrell Issa […]


New Yorker Magazine Cartoonist Likes Elder Law Attorneys

The popular New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast has created a graphic memoir of coping with her parents’ final years, titled Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? The book has received widespread attention and critical praise. At one point in the book Chast, an only child, takes her parents to see an elder law […]


Elderly Couple Awarded $1.2 Million + Attorneys’ Fees

A financial arbitration panel has ordered  a subsidiary of John Hancock Financial Network to pay nearly $1.6 million to an elderly California couple and the estate of their now-deceased mother.  The sum includes a $454,000 award for attorneys’ fees under California’s elder abuse statutes.  Florida has a similar financial abuse […]


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 […]