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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.

When a parent's declining mental capacity becomes an issue

Many adult children worry about the health and safety of their aging parents. This is especially true in cases where a parent's mental capacity begins to deteriorate. When a parent exhibits symptoms that are readily associated with dementia or Alzheimer's, it's important to take steps to ensure for not only a parent's physical safety, but also his or her financial security.

The importance of planning for long-term care needs

As an individual ages and moves through different stages in life, there are always concerns that must be addressed and questions answered. For individuals nearing retirement, chief concerns often relate to ensuring for one's own financial security as well as that of a spouse. As one lives out his or her retirement years, concerns may shift to include health matters as well as living arrangements.

Real estate deed transfers: the importance of doing them right

There are certain things a person may be rather concerned about in their elderly years. One is what will ultimately happen with the real estate that they have. There are many different types of real estate a person could have: a family home, a condo, a vacation home, an investment property, etc.

Did you know? Medicare sometimes does pay for nursing home care

The cost of living in a skilled nursing care facility is astronomical. As we mentioned in an earlier post, New Yorkers currently pay an average of about $136,000 a year for a private room in a nursing home. Other care options do cost less but they're still not cheap: $49,200, on average, to live in a New York assisted living facility; $52,000 a year for a home health aide.

Undue influence: Is it elder abuse?

Undue influence is a common topic when discussing estate planning, elder law and other financial issues. However, what may not be clear is that undue influence, often defined as any persuasive act that overcomes an individual's free will, can also be considered a form of financial elder abuse.

Work with experienced attorney in seeking guardianship for loved one

The more you look at the way estate matters are handled for the rich and famous, the more convinced you become that it is really difficult for families to handle these matters peacefully. Unfortunately, the family of blues legend B.B. King is experienced turmoil right now as the artist deals with some serious health issues.

How will you pay for nursing home care in the future?

Whether you are someone who is currently taking care of an aging parent, or you are starting to think about your own care in the future, it can be shocking at first to learn about just how high long-term care costs are. We are not talking about a few hundred dollars either. Rather, care may cost tens of thousands of dollars per year -- even upwards of $100,000 -- leaving many wondering just who is going to foot these bills.

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