What To Do When a Loved One Passes Away

Whether your spouse has just passed away or you have lost your mom or dad, the emotional trauma of losing a loved one often comes with a bewildering array of financial and legal issues demanding attention.

New Yorker Article Highlights Abuses in the Guardianship System

Serious problems with the public guardianship system in the United States can lead to elder abuse, according to an in-depth article in The New Yorker. 

Use Your Will to Dictate How to Pay Your Debts

The main purpose of a will is to direct where your assets will go after you die, but it can also be used to instruct your heirs how to pay money that you owe.

Elder Law Attorneys Specialize in Helping the Elderly

Many elderly persons rely entirely on their children, family members or other individuals to help them. This dependence upon caregivers or family members makes an older person more vulnerable to abuse and financial exploitation. Legal arrangements and protective actions by family may be necessary to shield loved ones from making bad decisions or from being […]

Elder Law Attorneys Specialize in Helping the Elderly

Many elderly persons rely entirely on their children, family members or other individuals to help them. This dependence upon caregivers or family members makes an older person more vulnerable to abuse and financial exploitation. Legal arrangements and protective actions by family may be necessary to shield loved ones from making bad decisions or from being […]

What is an Elder Law Attorney in Pennsylvania?

As the name suggests, an elder law attorney in Pennsylvania focuses on the needs of elderly individuals. While this may sound simple, as you dive into the finer details you will find that nothing could be further from the truth. Most elder law attorneys advise clients regarding a variety of areas, including but not limited […]

Elder Law Survival Kit – Part 1

With so many television shows devoted to survival and doomsday preparation, I thought it appropriate to discuss what families should do to prepare for a long term care event. Given that one out of two people will either receive nursing home level care at home or in a facility, this kit may actually be worth […]

Hospice Care and discussions about care – Some very surprising facts.

Many of our clients tend to think of hospice as a death sentence for their sick family members.   Some look at it as the medical professionals “giving up” on treatment.   Neither of these things is actually true.   In reality, hospice care is not about giving up or giving in, it is about giving someone a better quality of […]

It’s a Beautiful Thing?

It’s a Beautiful Thing? We recently accompanied an elderly client and her family through assisted living, nursing and then hospice care.  When I first met Mary (not the real name of our 80-something client), I thought her an attractive and vibrant woman, full of fun and just a bit of flirtatiousness.  I liked her when I met […]

BCWJ Article on Defining “Elder Law”

Elder law is an emerging and growing legal specialty that roughly refers to working with people who are entering the long term care system – usually a nursing home. The Truth About “Elder Law” Elder law is an emerging and growing legal specialty that roughly refers to working with people who are entering the long […]