Critter Corner: Why Do Many on Medicare Still Struggle to Afford Needed Care?

Dear Oakley, My 70-year old mother, Lucy, is on Medicare, but she still seems to struggle to afford the medical care she needs, and often puts off making appointments. I thought Medicare was supposed to help make healthcare … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: IRS Announces Contribution Limits for IRAs in 2022

Dear Hayek, I heard that the Treasury Department has announced inflation-adjusted figures for retirement account savings for 2022. It seems that contribution limits are up for workplace plans. Are they also up for Individual … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What is the Virginia Auxiliary Grant Program

Dear Oakley, I was looking at your key elder law figures page to see if it had been updated for 2022. I see that there is something on there about Virginia Auxiliary Grants? What are they and how do you qualify? Thanks for … [Read more...]

Are There Universal Rules for Trusts in U.S. States?

Q. Last week, in your article about Power of Attorney documents, you discussed the Uniform Power of Attorney Act, a law that was created to give universal rules for POAs across the states that have adopted it. Is there a similar … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Why Would You Revoke a Revocable Trust?

Dear Hayek, This question is more for curiosity than anything. I know that revocable living trusts can be revoked. How would someone go about doing so and why would they ever want to? Thanks! Reva Cabull --- Dear … [Read more...]

David Hanson’s “Grace” May Be the Answer to Shortage of Senior Health Aides

Ever turn on the TV, scan Facebook, or check out viral news stories online and see Sophia, an extremely life-like humanoid robot? Well, if you haven’t seen her, Sophia is a robot that is designed to look very human that has gotten … [Read more...]

What You Can and Can’t Do With a Power of Attorney

Q. My brother, Larry, who never married or had any children, asked me to be an agent under his Medical and Financial Powers of Attorney. Before I accept, I’ve been reading about what my role would entail. I am also considering … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Helping Mamma Get Rid of Stuff

Dear Oakley, When my mom was doing her estate planning, she realized how much stuff she has that has no monetary value, but lots of sentimental value to her. Upon speaking with her children and grandchildren, she realized that … [Read more...]

Georgetown University Study Shows that Mental Abilities Can Actually Improve with Age

It’s commonly believed that mental abilities decline across the board as we grow old. New research from Georgetown University Medical Center shows that this isn’t always the case. A new study, published August 19, 2021 in … [Read more...]

Should My Mother Let Her Life Insurance Policy Lapse?

Q. My mother, Sandra, is considering letting her life insurance policy lapse. She claims that she is low on funds and that it is difficult to make the monthly payments. She is also concerned about Medicaid eligibility. Do you have … [Read more...]

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