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?
If you are acting as a caregiver for an elderly loved one, you will undoubtedly feel overwhelmed at some point (if not on a regular basis!) One thing that may be able to help is contacting a geriatric care manager. We hope this report will help you decide if a geriatric care manager is right for you. Caregiving by the Numbers For a caregiver, it often feels as though they are the only person in the world going through the trials and tribulations of providing care to an elderly loved one. … [Read more...] about Is a Geriatric Care Manager Right for You?
The most significant action of Congress in 2019 relating to retirement and estate planning was the late December passage of the “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019”, commonly known as the “Secure Act”. It was signed into law shortly thereafter and is effective January 1, 2020, for most purposes. In this and future newsletters, we will look into the provisions of the Secure Act and also some strategies to maximize benefits and minimize problems created by this … [Read more...] about CONGRESS PASSES THE SECURE ACT: HOW DOES IT AFFECT YOU?
Though they come with promises of relaxation and time with family, the holidays can also be the source of a significant amount of stress. This is especially true if you have elderly parents and visiting them during the holidays makes you realize just how old they’re getting. It can sometimes come as a shock to learn that your parents are no longer as able to care for themselves as they once were, and this holiday season it may be a good time to have a discussion with your parents about their … [Read more...] about T’is The Season To Think About Your Elderly Parents’ Needs
For an adult child, watching a parent’s physical and/or cognitive decline is extremely painful. At some point, a role reversal may occur, turning the parent into the child and vice versa. At this point, it is probably time to consider petitioning to become your parent’s conservator. Taking what seems like such a drastic step may feel like you are stripping your aren’t of his/her freedom and dignity. However, your parent may actually benefit from a conservatorship. What Is an Adult … [Read more...] about Conservatorship: Good or Bad?
In today’s society, family members are often scattered throughout the country and even abroad. This phenomenon can cause much stress and worry when an elder family member who is not nearby now needs additional assistance in managing his or her affairs. The first step to long-distance caregiving is to understand your loved one's situation and needs. Schedule a visit with your relative or friend spanning several days to observe how they make decisions, solve problems and complete daily tasks, … [Read more...] about Caring For a Distant Elder Family Member
If you are concerned about the future of an elderly loved one, you are not alone. As we watch our elderly loved ones age, we can’t help but be concerned about the care they will need and how to finance it. Health care in America is among the most costly in the world, with costs continuing to rise. As a result, the average American is unable to pay for a lengthy stay in a long-term care facility or for the costs of a serious, long-term illness. While we all hope that our elderly loved ones are … [Read more...] about Qualifying for Medi-Cal
It can be heart wrenching to decide if a family member or friend you love can no longer safely live in their own home. It can be scary for that loved one to think about his or her care needs and possible new living environments. If you have concerns about a loved one , consider the following questions when determining care needs. If you need help, consult with an experienced and qualified estate and elder care attorney. Does your loved one have medical needs that require special … [Read more...] about Deciding if Some You Love Needs a Care Facility
Aid in dying laws, also referred to as physician-assisted dying or death with dignity laws, are very controversial in the United States as well as in other countries that have them. Those who support these laws typically do so because they believe that someone with a terminal illness should have the right to choose how and when they die. Those opposed to aid in dying laws often do so for ideological, moral, or religious reasons. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, if you are a California … [Read more...] about What Is an Aid in Dying Law?