Estate and Elder Law

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Caregiving Crisis Is a Women's Issue
Posted on 3 Jan 2012 by karplaw

Elder advocate Jane Gross is perplexed. In a recent New York Times blog, Gross expresses surprise that Americans are not pressing harder for a policy overhaul that would provide appropriate care for our elderly population. Gross wonders "why... Read More

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Survey of Long Term Care Costs for 2010
Posted on 18 Jun 2010 by Sandra L. Smith

Nearly two-thirds of Americans 65 years of age and over will eventually require some form of long-term care. This care can be nursing home care, assisted living care, or in-home care. Whatever the setting, the care is extremely expensive and can deplete... Read More

Are Convicts Treated Better than our Elderly?
Posted on 14 Jun 2010 by Deirdre R. Wheatley-Liss

I already tweeted this great post from South Carolina Nursing Home Blog, but it has been sticking with me. All seniors have done is work hard their whole lives, age, and not have planned to need to spend $10,000 a month on the care they need to stay alive... Read More

It Has Come to This – We Now Need Shelters to Protect Our Grandparents
Posted on 28 Jan 2013 by Travis Burchart

Hey, trusted loved one, stop abusing your elderly mother, father, aunt or uncle! Of course, your abuse doesn't depend on you being a loved one, and the victim doesn't have to be a relative - just a senior who trusts you to treat him or her... Read More

Greene v. County of Sonoma et al.: Sonoma County Separates Elderly Gay Couple
Posted on 30 Apr 2010 by LexisNexis Estate and Elder Law Community Staff

Recently, Clay M. Greene, a 78-year-old gay man from Sebastopol, CA., filed a lawsuit against Sonoma County, accusing the County of, among other claims, elder abuse, elder financial abuse, and violation of the Patient's Bill of Rights. Mr. Greene... Read More

Are Americans Overtreated to Death by the Medical Establishment?
Posted on 1 Jul 2010 by Deirdre R. Wheatley-Liss

A truly valuable article from the AP today " Americans are treated, and overtreated, to death ". The article stares down a hard question - When do we stop focusing on a cure and start caring about how we die? The statistics are disturbing... Read More

In Pennsylvania, if Your Elderly Parents Can’t Pay for Their Long-Term Care, Then You Might Be on the Hook for It
Posted on 13 Nov 2012 by Travis Burchart

Colonial Poor Law Imposing Liability on Today's Adult Children Last April, Julian Gray and Frank Petrich, both elder law attorneys, authored a Pittsburgh-Post Gazette article on a Pennsylvania law that can potentially saddle children with the... Read More

States That Could Make Children Pay for Dad's Care
Posted on 20 Jul 2012 by David Goldman

Unpdaid long-term care bills are increasing and becoming more of a problem in many states. All 50 States have statutes that obligate adults to care for children or other family members; if your parent lives in one of 29 states, you could be held responsible... Read More

Questions for Aging Parents
Posted on 15 Aug 2010 by Sandra L. Smith

A recent Real Simple magazine article examines how adult children and their parents can have an open discussion about their concerns, and together face the challenges of aging. This discussion is often not an easy one to have; a 2001 AARP study revealed... Read More

Keys to Living a Longer, Happier Life
Posted on 27 Jun 2010 by Sandra L. Smith

What is the secret to living a longer, healthier, happier life? A recent article in the AARP Bulletin reviews the answers to this question as provided by Robert Butler, M.D., one of the country's foremost experts on aging. The 83 year-old Butler is... Read More

Tags: elder care

Caregiving from Afar
Posted on 29 Oct 2010 by Sandra L. Smith

A recent article in Money magazine discusses the challenges faced by adult children whose aging parents live far from them. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC), approximately 7 million Americans care for a senior relative long-distance... Read More

Dementia Cases and Costs
Posted on 1 Oct 2010 by Sandra L. Smith

Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) recently published the World Alzheimer Report 2010, The Global Impact of Dementia. ADI is the international federation of Alzheimer associations throughout the world. The report includes information regarding... Read More

Wall Street Journal is Wrong that Seniors want to "Game" Medicaid
Posted on 6 Apr 2010 by Deirdre R. Wheatley-Liss

Over the weekend the Wall Street journal ran an article on elder law planning entitled " Inoculating Estates From Health Costs ". While I'm always happy to see an article about elder care planning in the news because it's such... Read More

Compensating Family Caregivers
Posted on 3 Dec 2010 by Sandra L. Smith

During the holiday season, many adult children return home to visit their parents and find that their parents need assistance in order to remain at home. A recent article in Financial Advisor Magazine discussed compensating family members for providing... Read More

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Life Care Planning
Posted on 17 Jul 2010 by Sandra L. Smith

As we age, the questions and options we face grow more complex and confusing. Managing medical issues, finances, where we will live and how to maintain quality of life requires thoughtful planning. Too often, seniors or their families turn to an elder... Read More