As a family caregiver, we are constantly asked to set aside our own lives and priorities to tend to the needs of a loved one. Over time, this can take a tremendous toll on the caregiver – we can only be stretched so thin. A caregiver who is worn out, burned out and stressed out, is not going to be the best caregiver they can be to their loved one – or themselves for that matter....Read More
Have you thought about what would happen if you got so sick you couldn’t communicate with your doctors? Would you be surprised to hear that thinking about such difficult questions, as where you would want the line drawn, between a life worth living and the other kind, can be rewarding?
Here is why that process can be more beneficial than you might first imagine.
Peace of mind
Imagine that you...Read More
Life expectancy in the United States has continued an upward trend over the last several decades. The average life expectancy for men is 76.4 years and the average for women is a healthy 81.2 years of age. What has not trended upward, however, is the number of people engaging in long-term care planning. The fact is, 63 percent of Americans age 65 or older will need either in-home nursing care...Read More
An elder law attorney specializes in the legal needs of elderly people, veterans, and adults with special needs. Elder law is a specialization that has only been around for about twenty-five years and was born out of necessity. With life expectancy increasing, people are dealing with rising health care costs and an increase in debilitating diseases like dementia.
A major role of elder law...Read More
Senior adults can be more susceptible to identity theft than others. Identity theft is a crime that is on the rise. It involves a criminal stealing personal identifying information to create a new identity or to steal money from the victim. Senior adults are targeted for a few reasons. One reason is that they often have more money saved after a lifetime of working than younger people. Another...Read More
Most people dream of the day they can retire. The problem is that many do not move beyond dreaming to planning. Planning can be done no matter what your age, but experts encourage people to start as early as possible. Retirement planning can seem like a daunting endeavor for many people as they focus on day-to-day financial obligations. Many people have no idea where to start. A few simple...Read More
Veterans are an important class of our population and as such, it is important to know about the various benefits available to them. Many of the benefits are based on the type of service by the veteran, the health of the veteran, or a combination of these factors. The next several paragraphs will outline benefits veterans should be aware of, however, it is recommended veterans speak with a...Read More
Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December of 2017 which is aimed at cutting taxes for corporations and all Americans. While the bulk of the legislation went into effect January 2018, most taxpayers will not see much of a difference in their taxes until 2019, when they file their 2018 taxes. However, there are several important changes seniors need to be aware of now that could...Read More
Passing personal property on to family can be tricky. When drafting an estate plan, an individual can make specific bequests of certain property to beneficiaries. However, if the item is lost or destroyed the gift fails. If the recipient is no longer alive or does not accept the gift, other provisions in the will or trust must deal with this alternative scenario. So drafting language to...Read More