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 […]

IRS Cost of Living Limitations for 2015

IRS Cost of Living 2015 IRS Cost-of-Living Limitations 2014 2015 Deferral Limit for 401(k), 403(b), Salary Reduction SEPs $17,500.00 $18,000.00 SIMPLE Plan Deferral Limit $12,000.00 $12,500.00 Catch-up Limit 401(k), 403(b) (Ages 50+) $5,500.00 $6,000.00 Catch-up Limit SIMPLE Plan (Ages 50+) $2,500.00 $3,000.00 415 Dollar Limit for Defined Contribution Plans $52,000.00 $53,000.00 415 Dollar Limit for […]

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 […]

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 – Questions and Answers

An elder law practice encounters various legal and social issues related to aging and disability.  We are often called upon to address, among other things, nursing home care and contracts, legal capacity, elder abuse, special needs planning, VA benefits and planning, Medicare and Medical Assistance and advocacy, estate planning and administration, trusts and trust administration, […]

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 […]