New Medical Conditions — Including Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease — Now Qualify for Automatic Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are paid to individuals who, after having worked for many years, develop a disabling condition, prior to their normal retirement age, that is so severe that they are no longer able to … [Read more...]

How to Make the Best Nursing Home Placement for Your Loved One

Most nursing home admissions happen under extremely stressful circumstances. If you are faced with the overwhelming task of finding the best nursing home placement for a loved one, where do you begin? Although this is a job that … [Read more...]

Upcoming Seminars for Lawyers and Clients

  I'm conducting two seminars this week on the topic of Income Only Trusts. The first one is a teleseminar for attorneys around the country who are members of the professional group ElderLawAnswers.  Entitled Using Income Only … [Read more...]

Using a Reverse Mortgage to Pay for Home Care

Many of my clients ask me how I feel about reverse mortgages, and even more so this past week because of a favorable story that appeared in last week's Washington Post entitled "Reverse Mortgages are Not the Next Subprime."  This … [Read more...]

Important Elder Law and Estate Planning Numbers for 2010

Under current law, there will be no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in Social Security in 2010 — the first time that has happened since automatic cost-of-living adjustments began in 1975. Several bills before Congress would grant … [Read more...]

Did you see last Sunday’s Washington Post article?

Did you catch last Sunday's Washington Post article by David Hilzenrath, about the October bankruptcy filing of Erickson Retirement Communities? My phone has been ringing all week with people concerned about this news, because … [Read more...]

What Does the Bible Teach us About Estate Planning?

Sorry for the last minute notice, but I just found out that my church, Fairfax United Methodist Church (10300 Stratford Avenue, Fairfax, VA  22030), has space left for a course I'm teaching tomorrow evening entitled What Does the … [Read more...]

Evan Farr Teaches Course for Elder Law Attorneys Natonwide

~You Can Sign Up for a Similar Course for Consumers~ Last Thursday, Evan Farr conducted a national, attorney-only teleconference sponsored by the National Business Institute (NBI) on the topic of the Income Only Trust -- an asset … [Read more...]

Planning for Long-Term Care (Part 3)

In Part 1 of this series I outlined the necessity to create a good Long Term Care Plan and in Part 2 I discussed the three most essential documents found in that plan. The first essential document is a General Power of Attorney … [Read more...]

Planning for Long-Term Care (Part 2)

"Long-Term Care" refers to the broad spectrum of medical and support services provided to persons who have lost some or all capacity to function on their own due to a chronic illness or disabling condition, and who are expected to … [Read more...]

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