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Tips to keep a loved one safe in a long-term care facility

A recent case out of Texas is calling attention to the need for family members to better ensure their loved ones are safe at long-term care facilities. The case involves an individual that gained access to long-term care units and allegedly murdered inhabitants. The prosecution states the individual would pose as a maintenance worker to gain access to the unit, smother the resident and then take jewelry and other valuable items.

Tips to help find the right elder law attorney for your needs

The current legal market is shifting from one where a single individual can handle almost any legal issue to a market that requires specialization. Much like the medical field, these days it is common for each attorney to have a specialty. As a result, just like you would not go to a cardiologist to treat a broken foot, it is generally best to avoid asking a family law practitioner about your estate planning needs.

Optimizing pension benefits for veterans and spouses

The right to independence is a core American value, something many have committed their lives to defending in service to the country. Living life independently on our own terms ranks equally high on that value scale. Sadly, aging has a way of slowly eroding our abilities to perform the basic activities of daily living.

Understanding government's 5-year look-back rule

Ensuring appropriate medical care for a loved one in old age can be a challenge. Health insurance only covers so much. Estate planning may provide the means to ensure maintenance of needed care through Medicaid, the combined state and federal government program for those in financial need, without exposing hard-earned assets to possible government recovery. But it requires careful, strategic planning that might need to be started years ahead of time

Planning is even more important if you have no family

A woman who celebrated turning 100 had this to say when asked how she felt about the achievement. "It's nothing to strive for." Not everyone feels that way, of course, but many do. And one of the certainties of the world today is that many of us are living longer. What is less certain is that our faculties and our ability to care for ourselves will remain unchanged as we age.

Actions you can take now if parent guardianship is anticipated

Let's presume you are a millennial only child and your parents are in their 60s. Maybe you are not feeling concerned about their ability to take care of themselves right now, but you recognize that the day is bound to come when they won't have the capacity to make decisions. Someone, most likely you, will have to take over that function. What should you do?

What does it mean to obtain legal guardianship of a parent?

Many middle-age New York City residents must deal with the logistical challenges and emotional stress that comes with figuring out how to care for elderly parents. In addition to possible health problems and physical ailments, as they age, many people grow increasingly forgetful and confused. In cases where a parent's declining cognitive functioning endangers his or her safety, health and financial wellbeing; it's important to explore options with regard to legal guardianship.

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