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What is Hospice?

     Hospice is a philosophy of care. The hospice philosophy or viewpoint accepts death as the final stage of life. The goal of hospice is to enable patients to continue an alert, pain-free life and to manage other symptoms so…

Reverse Mortgage Danger Signals

Reverse mortgages, as useful as they are, can be misused as well.  These are some, not all, of the danger signals that are possible with these loans.  The single biggest danger signal is someone pressuring you to take the loan…

What is Elder Law?

     Elder Law attorneys focus on the various problems and issues that concern the elderly and their families.              The typical issues that an Elder Law attorney can assist with are: A loved one needs to be placed in a…

Medicare and Home health care providers

      While there are many people that receive home health care services through the Medicare program, the program was designed as a post-hospital benefit for those seriously ill or needing continued rehabilitation.  Medicare will not cover simple personal care services…

Incapacity–a legal concept

     Whether or not a person has capacity is a determination made by the Court.  It is a legal concept and the definition varies by jurisdiction.  A doctor’s opinion on capacity remains an opinion until a judicial ruling on the evidence…

Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning

     Many people bypass lawyers and create their own wills, trusts, powers of attorney and other estate planning documents with the help of online tools and books.  Does this approach breed mistakes?  When it comes to legal issues, does one…

What to do if you expect Elder abuse

     Elder abuse affects hundreds of thousands of senior citizens annually.  Seniors can be harmed physically or emotionally by neglectful or overwhelmed caregivers or preyed upon financially by strangers, family, or friends.  As elders become more physically frail, they’re less…

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