What Questions will your Elder Law Attorney Ask?

We try to make our clients as comfortable as possible, but nonetheless, meeting an attorney for the first time can be intimidating. Often, people don’t know what to expect. So in this post I’ll set down a few questions that we’ll typically ask elder law clients (or their families) who … Continue reading

Assisted Living Facility Contracts can Limit Medicaid Planning

If you or a loved one is entering a long term care facility, you should be aware that the admission agreement may impose onerous obligations.  Nursing home agreements may include liability waivers and binding arbitration clauses that limit your ability to sue if the nursing home injures you.  Admission agreements … Continue reading

Retirement Advisors required to put Customers’ Interests First

The federal government will issue a new rule holding financial professionals who manage retirement accounts to a fiduciary standard. This means that advisers will have to put clients’ interests before their own.  For example, if there were a choice between two identical funds, and one had a higher fee for … Continue reading

Dying while Divorcing in New Jersey: the “Black Hole”

New Jersey has laws meant to protect a person from becoming impoverished if his or her spouse is no longer in the picture. New Jersey’s elective share law protects a spouse from being disinherited when the other spouse dies. For example, imagine a man writes a will leaving his entire … Continue reading

Be Careful when Signing Nursing Home Contracts

Take care when signing a contract, and always know what you’re signing. That’s advice that leapt to mind  when I read the recent New York Times article on a nursing home killing.  According to the Times, an elderly woman in a nursing home was suffocated to death by her roommate, an … Continue reading

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