Protect Your Loved One with Special Needs

Over the 30+ years I’ve represented families of people with serious disabilities, many clients have asked how how to make gifts or leave an estate for a child/grandchild/other loved one with special needs without disqualifying the child for Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, and other means tested government programs.  If an … Continue reading

Medicare to Pay for Advance Care Planning come January

Medicare as of January 1, 2016 will start paying for patients to have conversations with their doctors about how they would like to die. In a thought-provoking New York Times article, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tina Rosenberg makes a powerful argument for why people should take advantage of this new provision. … Continue reading

What to Do if your Spouse needs Long Term Care

If your spouse is losing the ability to care for himself / herself and needs long term care, in a nursing home, assisted living facility or with home care aides, there are a lot of steps to take, like Medicaid planning and changing your estate plan.  We’ve written extensively about … Continue reading

Women Bear Majority of Costs for Alzheimer’s, Study Finds

Women bear the majority of costs for Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study from researchers at Emory University.  As reported by Pacific Standard, women bear six times as much of the cost for caring for Alzheimer’s patients. The study’s authors look at direct costs – spending money on fees … Continue reading

Hearing Loss Affects Longevity for Seniors

On Oct.1, 2015, Reuters reported that a recent study involving researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland shows that older people with significant hearing loss are at risk to die sooner than people with normal hearing.  While researchers haven’t determined the cause of the connection, the study points to hearing impairment as at … Continue reading

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