Guardianship and Conservatorship

Every adult is assumed to be capable of making his or her own decisions unless a court determines otherwise. If an adult becomes incapable of making responsible decisions due to a mental disability, the court will appoint a substitute decision maker, called a “guardian.” If the adult also has financial assets that must be managed, […]

Medicaid Home Care

Traditionally, Medicaid has paid for long-term care in a nursing home, but because most individuals would rather be cared for at home and home care is cheaper, all 50 states now have Medicaid programs that offer at least some home care. 

Guns and Dementia: Dealing With A Loved One’s Firearms

Having a loved one with dementia can be scary, but if you add in a firearm, it can also get dangerous.  To prevent harm to both the individual with dementia and others, it is important to plan ahead for how to deal with any weapons. 

Fall 2018 Estate Planning Special

Welcome November! Today marks the beginning of my favorite time of year. As we prepare for the holiday season, we are often intentional about spending more time with our families and loved ones. Accordingly, it is the perfect time to create or review your estate plan. Fall Estate Planning Special To encourage prospective clients to […]

Thanksgiving 2018 Dinner Giveaway

I would like to give away a basket comprised of everything needed to make a complete Thanksgiving meal to a family in need this year. However, I need your help! Do you know a family in need this Thanksgiving season? If so, please nominate them for my giveaway using the link below. I will collect entries […]

When Can an Adult Child Be Liable for a Parent’s Nursing Home Bill?

Although a nursing home cannot require a child to be personally liable for their parent's nursing home bill, there are circumstances in which children can end up having to pay.

Fear of Losing Home to Medicaid Contributed to Elder Abuse Case

A California daughter and granddaughter’s fear of losing their home to Medicaid may have contributed to a severe case of elder abuse. If the pair had consulted with an elder law attorney, they might have figured out a way to get their mother and grandmother the care she needed while also protecting their house. Amanda […]

End-of-Life Care Decision Making

Just as we create estate plans for our eventual demise, we also need to plan ahead for the possibility that we will become sick and unable to make our own medical decisions. 

New Federal Law Puts Focus on Preventing Elder Abuse

A new federal law is designed to address the growing problem of elder abuse. The law supports efforts to better understand, prevent, and combat both financial and physical elder abuse. The prevalence of elder abuse is hard to calculate because it is underreported, but according to the National Council on Aging, approximately 1 in 10 […]

Fall Estate Planning Special

Happy Fall! I love the cooler weather and the warmth that the change of seasons brings. As we enter this wonderful time of year, and prepare for the holiday season, we are often intentional about spending more time with our families and loved ones. Accordingly, it is the perfect time to create or review your […]