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Don’t Fall Victim to a Social Media Scam


As more of us use social media as an investment tool, scammers are coming up with innovative ways to separate us from our money, and some of these scams target seniors directly.  How can you avoid becoming a victim of fraud?  The first step is to exercise the same kind of … Continue reading


Child Liable for Mother’s Nursing Home Bill


Pennsylvania (like many other states) has a filial responsibility law that generally requires children with means to support an indigent parent. While it may seem unfair, a Pennsylvania court recently enforced the law to hold a son liable for his mother’s $93,000 nursing home bill despite the son’s claim that … Continue reading


Should You Become Guardian for Your Special Needs Child?


[While this article focuses on guardianship for special needs children, similar considerations arise when a spouse, parent, or other loved one’s ability to make important decisions is impaired by dementia, traumatic brain injury, or other condition. We address such guardianships throughout SpecialNeedsNJ.com, particularly in the elder law articles and practice … Continue reading


New Case Supports Medicaid Annuity Planning


To qualify husband or wife for Medicaid, a couple must reduce [“spend down” in Medicaid parlance] money and most other valuables (not counting principal residence, a vehicle, and certain jewelry) owned by either spouse to the smaller of about $110,000 or half the total countable assets of husband and wife. … Continue reading


Lawrence Friedman to Moderate New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Senior Citizens Law Day Conference


For the sixteenth consecutive year, attorney Lawrence Friedman will moderate the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Senior Citizens Law Day conference. He also will speak on will, trust, and long term care planning. With nursing homes charging around $10,000 per month for a decidedly institutional setting, care may suffer and … Continue reading


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Interior photo: Somerset hills pastoral scene by Lawrence Friedman.