Articles by Evan H. Farr, CELA, CAP

About Evan H Farr, CELA, CAP

Evan H. Farr is a 4-time Best-Selling author in the field of Elder Law and Estate Planning. In addition to being one of approximately 500 Certified Elder Law Attorneys in the Country, Evan is one of approximately 100 members of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is a Charter Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners.

Caring for the Pet of a Loved One When They Can No Longer Do So Themselves

When Melissa's father died and her mother moved into a nursing home, Melissa adopted her parent’s poodle, Margot. During the three-hour drive to her house from where her mother was staying, Margot was shaking and afraid. Melissa … [Read more...]

How Can Patient Advocates Help on Your Health Care Journey?

Q. I recently came across a Next Avenue article where a 72-year-old woman was told she had a benign brain tumor and needed surgery. The surgery was supposed to be simple, and the family was told she’d recover quickly, but things … [Read more...]

Cognitive Testing Doesn’t Have to Cost Thousands — AARP Offers Free New Option

Many don’t realize that the brain is continuously changing and developing across our life span. This doesn’t just happen when we’re young. Some cognitive functions become weaker with age, while others actually … [Read more...]

Are Transfer on Death Deeds a Good Alternative to Estate Planning?

Q. I was recently discussing with my husband what would happen to our house in Annandale, Virginia when we are no longer around, especially since we don’t have our estate planning in place yet. One my friends’ parents recently … [Read more...]

Is Retirement Good or Bad for Your Mental Health?

Retirement is supposed to be one of the best times in your life. You’ve worked for so many years to finally reach this point, and now you can relax and enjoy your time with family and friends. You can move to a warmer climate if … [Read more...]

How Are Taxes Filed if One Spouse is on Medicaid and the Other Spouse Has an Irrevocable Trust? And Does Getting Social Security Change How Taxes Get Filed?

Q. Thank you again for working with our family last year to protect our parents' assets, get our father approved for nursing home Medicaid, and set up an irrevocable Living Trust Plus for our mother. Now that it's tax time, we … [Read more...]

Jay Leno Files for Conservatorship Over His Wife’s Estate

TV icon Jay Leno and his wife, Mavis Leno, have been married for 43 years — and by all accounts they are still in love. Mavis, 77, suffers from dementia, and according to a recent court filing, she has been “progressively losing … [Read more...]

The Darker Side of Medicare Advantage Plans

Q. Last year, during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period, my wife and I saw a commercial on television for a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan that sounded almost too good to be true. The company seemed reputable, so we took the claims … [Read more...]

Coping with the “Transfer Trauma” of Moving a Loved One

Rachel, a caregiver for her mother who is in the early to mid-stages of dementia, is on the emotional roller coaster of moving her mom to an assisted living facility. It’s taking quite a toll on her and her mother, because … [Read more...]

Amazing, Innovative Senior Tech that Was Spotlighted at CES 2024

Each year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) provides us with amazing demos and concepts, including technology specially designed for seniors and caregivers. The technology showcased this year (Jan 9-12, 2024) to help seniors … [Read more...]

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