Elder Law

  • How to Protect Your Partner Even if You Choose Not to Marry

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau the number of senior couples choosing to cohabitate instead of marry (or remarry) has risen significantly. Although this may seem like a shocking choice that goes against tradition, the truth is that there are quite a few reasons why senior couples might choose not to tie the knot: * […]

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  • Providing Care for Divorced or Remarried Parents

    Divorce is difficult on a family no matter what the circumstances. Even when a divorce is best for all involved, there is always an amount of stress and emotional trauma involved. In fact, it has recently become apparent that the effects of divorce—stress, family upheaval, and tighter finances—can last years into the future. Our firm […]

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  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s: Is It Too Late For Mom Or Dad To Execute Legal Documents?

    The question of competence has become a very big issue in the estate planning/elder law world over the past few years. As the population ages, and awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia diagnoses grow, more and more adult children are questioning the ability of their elderly parents to make legal and financial decisions. Some children are […]

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  • A Woman’s Work Is Never Done

    Do you know who will take care of you when you are unable to take care of yourself? Studies show that most caregivers for aging seniors are likely to be women, and most likely to be your daughter or daughter-in-law. What this means is that unless parents have a plan for their future long term […]

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  • Facing the Challenges of Caregiving as a Family

    As senior issues and caregiver concerns get more media attention, more and more families are making the question of who becomes mom or dad’s primary caregiver a family decision. Although one sibling may still take on the role of “primary caregiver,” families are making the conscious decision to try to share caregiving responsibilities more equally. […]

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  • How Should A Caregiving Relative Be Compensated?

    It is common knowledge in our society of aging Baby Boomers that many adult children end up taking months or even years off from their lives and careers to provide care for their elderly parents. Most children do this out of love and a sense of duty, but even in the closest of parent-child relationships […]

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  • Veteran Journalist Shares Her Personal Experiences Entering the Medicare System

    Trudy Lieberman has had plenty of experience with Medicare—of course up until now most of it was from the outside looking in. As a journalist for more than 40 years specializing in insurance, health care, health care financing and long-term care, one would think that when the time came this year for her to enter […]

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  • What to Do When Mom Can No Longer Manage Her Own Money

    One of the most difficult aspects of caring for an elderly parent (or helping an aging parent who lives far away) is keeping one step ahead when that parent begins to lose the ability to manage his or her own finances. Many seniors can be very resistant to discussing what they feel is an extremely […]

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  • New Criteria for Alzheimer’s Can Lead to Early Diagnosis, Better Treatment and Planning

    In our practice, we often encounter clients who have family and friends who suffer from Alzheimer's Disease. This is a devastating illness which affects families all over the country; from the adult child who fears that her father’s recent forgetfulness might be a harbinger of something more sinister, to the elderly gentleman who wonders how […]

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  • The Benefits (And Risks) of a Multi-Generational Household

    Throughout history, the multi-generational household has always had its place in our society. At times the multi-generational family has been common and plentiful, at other times rare and seen only on the fringes of society.  In the past few years, for reasons of both economy and practicality, the percentage of Americans living in multi-generational households […]

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