Nursing Homes seek Guardianship over Residents to Collect Debts

The New York Times ran an article today on nursing homes filing for guardianship over incapacitated residents in an effort to collect on nursing home bills, even when other family members are available to serve as guardian. The Times article covered a woman with a dementia in a Manhattan nursing … Continue reading

Special Needs Trust vs. ABLE Account

At the end of 2014, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act became law in the United States, allowing people with disabilities to create ABLE accounts. ABLE accounts allow a person who became disabled before age 26 to create a special bank account.  Money in the account is not … Continue reading

What’s your New Years Resolution?

Happy New Year!  This is the time of year when people make resolutions, and a good one for 2015 may be to get your legal affairs in order. The could mean creating an estate plan, or updating an old one.  Having a quality will, power of attorney and healthcare directive … Continue reading

Congress Passes ABLE Act for People with Disabilities

Congress Passes ABLE Act for People with Special Needs The Senate just passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. The House had previously passed the bill, and it will likely be signed by President Obama and become law. ABLE creates a new way for people with disabilities to … Continue reading

Can You be Paid to Care for Your Parent?

A parent who becomes frail or starts to develop dementia rarely can be alone full time even if not yet ready for long term care in a facility. While an elder law attorney may arrange for Medicaid to fund some care at home, an adult child may need to care … Continue reading

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