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Five Key Tools in Plannin…

Five Key Tools in Planning for Children with Disabilities

Americans are living longer than they did in years past, including those with disabilities. Planning by parents can make all the difference in the life of a child with a disability, as well as that of his or her siblings who may be left with the resp… Read More
Caregiver Appreciation: Compensating an Adult Child Caregiver

Caregiver Appreciation: Compensating an Adult Child Caregiver

March 3 is Caregiver Appreciation Day, which is a specific day to express your appreciation to those who care for someone who is ill, disabled, or elderly. As noted on Holiday Insights, caregivers, who are often family members, “give their time… Read More
Planning for Children with Special Needs

Planning for Children with Special Needs

Americans are living longer than they did in years past, including those with special needs or disabilities. According to one count, 730,000 people with developmental disabilities are living with caregivers who are 60 or older. This figure does not i… Read More
Categories: Special Needs Law
Keys to Hiring a Caregiver

Six Keys to Hiring a Home Caregiver

Most people prefer to be cared for in their home rather than a nursing home, but finding a home care provider for you or a loved one can be daunting. The following are some things to keep in mind when looking for a caregiver. 1. Consider level of car… Read More
Categories: Elder Law
Alternatives to Guardianship

Alternatives to Guardianship

Because guardianship involves a profound loss of freedom and dignity, state laws require that guardianship be imposed only when less restrictive alternatives have been tried and proven to be ineffective. ore importantly, and of the alternatives below… Read More
Categories: Guardianship
Guardianship Process

Guardianship Process

Picking up from last week in this three-part series, this post covers the guardianship process. Key points are the complexity involved (this involves the court system) and the ongoing reporting requirements. Remembering some basic points of guardians… Read More
Categories: Guardianship
Guardianship Basics

Basic Principles in Guardianship (a series)

This is the first post in a series about guardianship. Over the next couple of weeks, look for two follow-ups that will further explains what’s behind this area of law. Guardianship Basics Every adult is assumed to be capable of making his or h… Read More
Categories: Guardianship
Filial & Responsible…

Filial & Responsible Parties: 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. This is a major reason why it is important to read any admission ag… Read More
Keep the Beat in Your Estate Plan

Rockin’ Your Estate Plan

Over the past weekend, I attended the REO Speedwagon and Chicago concert. At one point during REO’s performance, three of the band members (all guitar players) gathered near the front of the stage, playing some ongoing music but not a clearly ident… Read More
Categories: Powers of Attorney
Guardianship, Hippos, and…

Guardianship, Hippos, and #notallfoxes: Thoughts from John Oliver (and Others)

Sitting in my office this week, I had the opportunity to watch a clip from HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He provided an explanation of how guardianship works, with a frank discussion of the possible scary implications. Of course, be… Read More