November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to honor the more than 50 million unsung heroes who support their older loved ones in aging with dignity and grace. Many family caregivers are working caregivers; that is, they have a primary occupation in addition to caring for an aging loved one. Choosing to work while… Continue reading Survey Uncovers Caregiver Support Needs, Possible Solutions
Anyone experiencing the struggle of simultaneously caring for children and aging parents is part of the sandwich generation. Although “generation” is part of the phrase, it doesn’t refer to people born at a specific time. Typically, these family caregivers will be in the 30- to 40-year-old age range, providing for their families and balancing care… Continue reading 6 Ways the Sandwich Generation Can Plan for The Future
A part of long-term care planning can include finding the right nursing home facility for yourself or your loved one. When you are searching for the right nursing home, you may find yourself sifting through piles of paperwork, and in that mountain of documents can be an arbitration agreement. Some nursing homes may attempt to… Continue reading Understanding Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements
Although death benefits are available to veterans, as well as their families and veterans who did not engage in combat, less than half of those who are eligible for death benefits use them, according to the American Association of Retired People. Available veterans death benefits may include burial in a national cemetery, compensation for expenses, or grave… Continue reading What Are Veterans Death Benefits?
Ten percent of adults 65 and older experience elder abuse each year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Elder abuse happens when a caregiver or another trusted individual causes physical, mental, or financial harm to an older adult by an act or omission Types of Elder Abuse Abuse of an elder may encompass financial exploitation,… Continue reading What Is Elder Abuse? Elder Law Q&A
Preparing and organizing your financial information for when you are no longer capable will bring peace of mind to you today. At the same time, it may relieve your loved ones’ burden in the future. You’ll ensure proper management of your financial situation and remain in control over your end-of-life care and legacy. The goal… Continue reading Is Your Financial Information in Order?
Many family circumstances can increase the risk of probate litigation. High-risk factors that often bring about probate litigation can include sibling rivalry, second marriages without a prenuptial agreement, and dysfunctional family dynamics. Also, a non-standard estate plan may treat children differently, omit a child, maintain an overly detailed trust, or appoint a substandard fiduciary. There are… Continue reading Reducing the Risk of a Family Fight in Probate Court
When working with an attorney to prepare for your future and address the challenges associated with aging, you will likely come across the term “incapacitated.” Incapacitated Definition Someone who is incapacitated cannot make personal decisions or understand legal documents. An incapacitated person requires a surrogate decision-maker, such as an agent under a health care power… Continue reading What Does Incapacitated Mean in Elder Law & Estate Planning?
After losing a spouse or longtime partner, it’s difficult to look past your grief. However, it’s crucial to understand the important and timely decisions you must make regarding your finances and personal estate plan. Estate planning is an ongoing process, as it accounts for changes in marriages, deaths, divorces, and births of children and grandchildren.… Continue reading Estate Planning for Surviving Spouses
In a major win for nursing home residents and their families, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the right to sue government-run nursing homes under the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act (FNHRA). In a 7-2 decision, the court decided that these plaintiffs could seek relief in federal court. Background of the CaseIn 2019, the family… Continue reading Supreme Court Preserves Right to Sue Public Nursing Homes