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Articles and news related to all areas of elder law, estate planning and administration, special needs planning, guardianship, veterans benefits, and medicaid applications.

Protecting Seniors From Elder Abuse

by Dana Bookbinder

Financial exploitation, physical or emotional abuse, and neglect of the elderly is more common than most of us realize. The cumulative amount taken from seniors each year...Read More

Loved One’s Health Crisis = Family Financial Crisis

by Dana Bookbinder

Being unprepared for a health care crisis is not only a potential physical and emotional catastrophe, it can be a financial catastrophe as well. In the case of the elderly, for example, a diagnosis of dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons, cancer, or ALS, or the occurrence of a stroke is likely to require long term care at some point....Read More

Elder Care Financial Tools for Caregiver Children and Parents

by Dana Bookbinder

Many adult children no doubt traveled across the country to visit parents over the holiday season, but a large number of adult children live with or spend substantial time with a parent while serving as the caregiver...Read More

As Young Ones Leave the Nest: Estate Planning Documents

by Dana Bookbinder

While we tend to think that estate planning documents are necessary for older individuals, they are equally as critical to have in place for younger individuals. Once a child reaches 18 years of age, a parent no longer has the legal authority to sign on his behalf...Read More

Personal and Spiritual Task of Estate Planning

by Dana Bookbinder

Estate planning is a personal process that should reflect the individual or couple’s values, family circumstances, and even religious beliefs. While many estate planners do not take the time to listen and assist the client in wading through their thoughts on asset disposition, health care, and potential incapacity later in life, this process is critical...Read More

How to Apply for Medicaid

by Dana Bookbinder

Many families who cannot sustain the monthly rates of over $10,000 per month on average for a semi-private room in a facility must turn to Medicaid benefits to cover the cost of care.Planning for long term care is increasingly difficult as nursing home costs, as well as the cost of long term insurance continue to rise...Read More

Special Needs Planning Requires a Specialist

by Dana Bookbinder

Parents of a special needs child know too well the level of detail that they must tend to on a daily basis for the comfort and progress of their child in both the classroom and at home. Some may not be aware, however, of the legal planning that must be addressed...Read More