Like most people, you probably take the ability to make decisions for yourself for. What would happen, however, if you were unable to make decisions for yourself one day because of your own incapacity? Chances are good you would prefer to make as many of those decisions ahead of time as possible to ensure that they are honored. One way to do that is to execute an advance directive. In this blog, we'll explain who will make healthcare decisions for you if you can’t make them. Are Your … [Read more...] about Who Will Make Healthcare Decisions for Me If I Can’t Make Them?
Watching a parent go through the physical and mental deterioration that accompanies the natural aging process can be extremely difficult. As an adult child, you want to do something to help. Knowing what to do and when to do it can be difficult to determine. Here are some suggestions that may hep guide you as you help your parents age. Topics for Discussion As you help your parents through the aging process, you may wish to keep the following topics in mind and discuss some, or all, of … [Read more...] about Helping Your Parents Age
The health and safety of our clients, staff, and friends of the law firm are top of mind amid concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As estate planning and elder law attorneys, our practice is dedicated to serving our most vulnerable citizens, including seniors, those who are ill, disabled, experiencing mental health challenges and children with special needs. The uncertainty around the pandemic has many people with immune system challenges concerned about exposure to the … [Read more...] about Our Available Services During COVID-19/Coronavirus Pandemic
The increase in the senior population in recent years has caused a corresponding increase in issues that impact the elderly, including nursing home abuse. Fortunately, there are nursing homes that provide competent, caring, and compassionate care to patients; however, you must remain vigilant and on alert for signs of abuse or neglect if you have a loved one in a nursing home. To help ensure that you know what to look for, lets discuss the signs of elder abuse and what to do if you spot … [Read more...] about How to Recognize the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, many of our clients were already assisting elderly or disabled family member and friends with such things as meals, medications, medical visits and shopping. Regular visits just to check in were also part of many folks’ normal routines. COVID-19 restrictions have had a large negative impact on many of these activities. So, how can you continue to assist under these new circumstances? Here are a few thoughts: Medical Issues Under a federal … [Read more...] about Assisting Family and Friends During These Trying Times
A strange, and often uncomfortable thing, frequently happens as our parents age – a sort of role reversal begins to occur. The parent who has been your caregiver, your rock, for as far back as you can remember begins to appear weak and vulnerable – and in need of a caregiver. Like many adult children, you may find yourself becoming the caregiver to an aging parent who appears to become more childlike with each passing day. At what point do you need to consider petitioning for conservatorship … [Read more...] about When Is Conservator of a Parent Warranted?
The elderly are constant targets of electronic theft. Although all of us are potential targets, the elderly are especially vulnerable because they may have less experience with computers and electronic technology. Adults age 60 and older may not have as much technical experience as younger generations. Furthermore, as we age, we become subject to memory loss, which may cause us to believe we recognize email addresses or senders’ names. However, this makes them more likely to open phishing emails … [Read more...] about Protecting An Elderly Person’s Privacy On the Internet
As an adult child, one of the most difficult things you may go through is watching your parent slowly succumb to the natural aging process and/or to one of the many age-related dementia conditions, such as Alzheimer’s. At some point, you may need to consider become your parent’s conservator. Petitioning for conservatorship, however, often feels as though you are taking away your parent’s independence and autonomy. What you need to focus on, however, is that failing to act could put your parent … [Read more...] about How Can I Protect My Aging Parent?
You have likely heard at least one horrible story recently that involves elder abuse and/or neglect. Sadly, elder abuse is becoming a common topic in the news media given the frequency with which it occurs in the United States. While you may be aware that elder abuse is a very real problem in the U.S., you may not know everything that you need to know. With that in mind, a Roseville elder law attorney at the Northern California Center for Estate Planning & Elder Law discusses the little … [Read more...] about The Truth about Elder Abuse
Elder Law 101: Do you have some concerns about an older family member's driving safety? As our older family members continues to age, you probably have a lot of concerns about his or her health and safety. Are you unsure if he or she should continue to drive? Take a look at the below guide to learn more about when it is the right time to take away the keys. With this knowledge, you will be able to keep your loved one and the others around him or her safe. If you have further questions, … [Read more...] about When Should An Elder Stop Driving?