To our valued clients and friends, We sincerely hope everyone is taking care and following all of the recommended precautions during these unprecedented times. WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT DURING THIS TRYING PERIOD, WE ARE HERE FOR YOU. In light of recent governmental directives for most persons to "shelter in place", effective immediately, for the most part, our firm will operate remotely. Fortunately, we are experienced with remote workplace operations and have the appropriate technology to … [Read more...] about Important Notice Regarding COVID-19
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?
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
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
If you have an elderly loved one, it is important to provide care and support in a number of ways. As scams against the elderly continue to grow, it is important to make sure that your elderly loved one is not taken advantage of! Take note of the following scams! Mail fraud A lot of junk mail is aimed at taking advantage of the elderly Many mail scams involve convincing the elderly to enter various sweepstakes Telemarketing Many telemarketers speak with vulnerable people … [Read more...] about Protecting the Elderly from Scams
Qualified and experienced elder law attorneys help those, who need long term care, qualify to have the care paid by Medi-Cal benefits. For both Medi-Cal, you need to financially (and medically) qualify. Here are 12 ways in which elder law attorneys help people qualify for financial assistance, if they are not immediately eligible. Consult with a qualified and experienced elder law attorney whose practice includes Medi-Cal long term care benefits to determine which strategies are best for … [Read more...] about There are Many Ways to Qualify for Medi-Cal to Pay for Long Term Care
Elder law attorneys vary in what they charge for Medi-Cal planning; a common fee is equivalent to the average cost of one month in a nursing home. However, it will typically vary depending on the complexity of the needed planning. Why should you pay thousands of dollars for Medi-Cal planning? The answer is simple: To save what you have. If you don’t bother with nursing home planning and you need care, you will continue to pay with your private funds until they run out. Once you’re broke, … [Read more...] about Should I Pay a Lawyer for Medi-Cal Planning?
If you have a loved one with special needs and you want to include him or her in your planning, you need to take advantage of special needs planning tools. Such planning allows you to leave assets for the care of your loved one, without disqualifying him from receiving vital governmental assistance. Take a look at how a special needs trust can fit in with your overall estate plan. Another alternative may be the use of what is commonly called a "pooled trust". If you have any questions, or if … [Read more...] about Special Needs Planning Offers Critical Protections