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 […]

Federal Benefit Rate

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Long Term Care Planning and the Recession of 2008 – What To Do Now?

A global economic crisis is upon us. Everyone has been affected by recent events. These events have been worrisome for most of us, but absolutely terrifying for our fixed income, retired or disabled parents and loved ones. A global economic crisis is upon us. Everyone has been affected by recent events. These events have been […]

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 […]

Why Do I Need a Power of Attorney?

There is one thing I always tell clients about their estate planning – it is nice to have a Will but it is essential to have a Power of Attorney. There is one thing I always tell clients about their estate planning – it is nice to have a Will but it is essential to […]

House Reportedly Set to Vote on Estate Tax Bill Permanently Setting 2009 Levels

Dow Jones Newswires is reporting that the U.S. House of Representatives will vote during the week of November 30 on a bill recently introduced by Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) that would make permanent the 2009 estate tax rules. Last Updated: 11/27/2009 2:22:22 PM Dow Jones Newswires is reporting that the U.S. House of Representatives will […]

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. […]