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Learning About Guardianships

Palm Beach, Florida Elder Law Attorney Lisa Goldstein talks about all aspects of Guardianship – what it is, how it is established, the costs involved and what the guardian is mandated to do. Lisa’s website is www.LKGLawPA.com

ELDER LAW AND GUARDIANSHIP

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. released this video on Guardianship. It’s a subject I personally need to know more about. It’s short, yet informative. Happy learning.

Any family looking for a reputable and knowledgeable attorney who specializes in elder law should visit the website for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys at www.naela.com

Digital Publishing for Seniors – find digital editions of senior resource guides, magazines, brochures and newspapers at the the web’s only interactive library for aging adults at www.after55.com

ELDER LAW AND MEDICAID

Another great and yet brief video by The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. on Medicaid.  Any family looking for a reputable and knowledgeable attorney who specializes in elder law should visit the website for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys at www.naela.com . You will find a list of Elder Law attorneys in your state.

Digital Publishing for Seniors – find digital editions of senior resource guides, magazines, brochures and newspapers at the the web’s only interactive library for aging adults at www.after55.com

ELDER LAW and MEDICARE

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. released this video on Medicare.  I always look for short videos which provide good food for thought. It is easy to get overwhelmed when faced with the complexities of medicare. Broken down into smaller parts it doesn’t seem quite as daunting. Take a little bite and chew on the rest when you have a chance. Mentioned in the video is the government site which is packed with a lot of information. There are 2 more videos in this series; Medicaid and Guardianship. Any family looking for a reputable and knowledgeable attorney who specializes in elder law should visit the website for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys at www.naela.com

Digital Publishing for Seniors – find digital editions of senior resource guides, magazines, brochures and newspapers at the the web’s only interactive library for aging adults at www.after55.com

ELDER LAW AND HEALTH CARE DECISION MAKING

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. has released a few videos which are short but full of good information. This video on health care decision making is excellent. Over the next few days I will share more videos by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. There are 3 more videos in this series; Medicare, Medicaid and Guardianship. Any family looking for a reputable and knowledgeable attorney who specializes in elder law should visit the website for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys at www.naela.com . I’ve had first hand experience with attorneys from this group and have nothing but deep respect for their dedication to serving all aging adults. Enjoy the video…

After 55 Living Radio Episode 15 – The Role of a Certifed Fiduciary

Who can you turn to when a mature adult can no longer look after their finances, medications or other personal affairs? We spoke with Candace Bow of Arizona Guardians about the role of a Certified Fiduciary. She discusses guardianship, conservatorship and how to engage a certified fiduciary to protect seniors from exploitation and abuse. She also talks about the certification process and why it is important to only engage the services of those who have been certified by the state to assist seniors.

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After 55 Living Radio Episode 5 – Advance Directives and your Living Will

When doing your estate planning, it is important not to overlook the creation of Advance Directives and a Living Will. While many people routinely include Durable Powers of Attorney for their financial decisions in the event of incapacity, many neglect to execute similar instruments for healthcare decisions.

We spoke with Barbara Volk-Craft of The Hospice of the Valley about the various documents involved in a properly executed set of Advance Directives, including Healthcare Power of Attorney, Living Will and Pre-Hospital Medical Care Directive (DNR).

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Power of Attorney – Is your paperwork in order?

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Being prepared in advance of an emergency is like carrying an umbrella just in case it rains. In our home, we recently went through the loss of my father-in-law. After he died we decided it was time for mom to make sure she had her papers in order. Why is it that when we try to help our parents they think we are trying to pull a fast one on them? We got dad’s paperwork in order but barely in time. We did not want to take the chance that we would not have the proper legal paperwork in order for mom in case she got ill suddenly. So the first document we tried to discuss with her was her power of attorney. “Tried” to discuss  is the operative word, tried. What an argument it sparked….

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After 55 Living Radio Episode 4 – Seniors and Trusts 101

If you have questions about the basics of creating a trust, we have the answers. In this week’s episode of After Living 55 Radio, elder law attorney Emily Kile and financial planner Lynda Elley discuss this important component of estate planning and when trust is (and isn’t) appropriate.

Find out about the different types of trusts, how a trust can save money for your heirs, what assets pass (and don’t pass) through a trust and how routine real estates transactions such as refinancing and purchasing out of state property can affect the funding of your trust.

Have that pad and pencil ready!

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Seniors and Wills – Be sure you understand the Will

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Having a will drawn up is one of the necessities of life yet many of us either don’t do it or we hurry through it and don’t really understand it’s implications. Once the will is drawn up I think it is necessary to have someone you trust review it. Here’s why…. (more…)