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Using A Lifeline

Using A Lifeline

The call woke me up at 3:15am. Everybody knows a call at that hour cannot be good news. The caller said, “Your mother’s lifeline alert went off and we did not receive a response to our return call to see if she was OK. Can you check on her?” “OK”, I answered.

 

Long Term Care for Veterans

Long Term Care for Veterans

In 1930 congress established the Department of Veterans Affairs. Although not well known, the VA has programs that provide several types of long term care services. Veterans with service connected disabilities who are receiving a VA Pension or who meet the guidelines for low income, can get medical care, home care, assisted living, nursing home care, possibly prescription drugs, and other services.

Living Wills – A Miracle Story of Life or Death

Living Wills – A Miracle Story of Life or Death

Living wills are a relatively new development in the law. They came about due to increase in longevity and because of the dramatic advances in medicine after World War II which allows the doctors and machines to keep us technically alive although permanently unconscious or in a persistent vegetative state. Modern medicine is most often a blessing, but prolonging life where there is no hope, can be a curse. 

Living Trusts – What do They Do?

Living Trusts – What do They Do?

Many people respond to advertisements about “living trusts”. Invariably the advertisement has an enticement, such as “avoid probate”, or “avoid taxes”. Sometimes people create a living trust, and sometimes they do not, but in almost all cases, it is my experience that the family has little understanding of what the trust does, and very often, a mistaken impression that the trust will protect their assets.

Inheritance Tax Laws in State of Confusion

Inheritance Tax Laws in State of Confusion

Every client coming in to prepare a will or trust is fearful of inheritance taxes, and the question is always asked, “How much will I lose to inheritance taxes?” Although many people are not subject to any tax, the unfortunate answer we have to give varies on what year a person might die, and the law is so silly it will either make you laugh or cry.

How to Select an Elder Law Attorney

How to Select an Elder Law Attorney

If your family is facing the need for long term care at home, or the immediate crisis of a nursing home placement, one of the first things that comes to mind, is do you need an elder law attorney. The variety of programs for homecare and the qualifications to receive Federal, State, or veteran benefits, often results in a jig saw puzzle that leads to confusion and frustration. A true elder law attorney will devote most or all his practice to elder law issues, and will have staff that understands the problems faced by families, and the solutions. So how can you select a competent elder law attorney?

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