Important Elder Law Distinctions

1. A Will vs Living Will. Your Will passes your property to your heirs at your death. A Living Will is a document that sets forth your wishes for medical treatment when you are terminally ill. A Will names an Executor at your death and a Living Will a surrogate or agent while you are […]

Dementia or side effect? Anxiety drugs and the elderly.

We work with the individuals and families in crisis. We are usually called upon when a parent, grandparent or loved one starts to fail — which may be defined by being unable to perform one or more of the activities of daily living. Our clients require intervention when they exhibit behaviors that might result in […]

Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 – Individuals

Congress has extended many popular tax provisions that significantly impact individuals and businesses. Late on December 16, 2014, the Senate, following earlier action in the House of Representatives, voted 76 to 16 to pass an identical version of H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (2014 TIPA). This legislation renews, at least for […]

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 […]

Social Security Benefits to Inch Up 1.7 Percent in 2015

The nation’s elderly and disabled Social Security recipients will receive a 1.7 percent increase in payments in 2015. This is expected to raise the average monthly payment for the typical retired worker by $22. The increase is slightly higher than last year’s 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). The same COLA will apply to pensions for […]

Considering a Nursing Home, Assisted Living or Life Care Community for a Loved One?

A very sad situation is facing a lot of families today with their elderly family members. A daughter has been taking care of Mom for years. A very sad situation is facing a lot of families today with their elderly family members. A daughter has been taking care of Mom for years. Mom’s health is […]

Filial Responsibility Cost Son

Pennsylvania son liable under Filial Responsibility Laws elderlawanswers.com/resources/article.asp

Medical Assistance – Why You Need to Know How it Works

Notwithstanding the fact that most elderly patients in Pennsylvania nursing homes are financed by Medical Assistance, most people do not know anything about the program.   Since most seniors are not aware of the program or how it operates, they do not plan for it or avoid some pitfalls that would interfere with their qualification for it. […]

USING ANNUITIES WITH A NURSING HOME ADMISSION? BE CAREFUL.

We have seen a significant increase in the use of annuities among our elderly clients.   We have people in their late 80s coming to us with annuities that are less than a few years old and are still in “penalty” — meaning that getting access to these funds will result in a “surrender” charge which […]

The Foundations of Love

As a lawyer who works with the elderly, I see my share of nursing homes and hospital rooms.  Over the years, perhaps to enable me to continue to provide objective services to my clients, I tried to keep my emotional distance from all of the illness, death and dying.  In the last two weeks alone, […]