Is the Charitable Tax Deduction Gone for 2018?

Q. I give to charities every year during the holiday season. However, I’m concerned about the ramifications of doing so this year with the new tax law. Can I give as I usually do and take tax deductions, or is there something … [Read more...]

Will You be a Financial Burden to Your Adult Children?

Lois has a long history of money mismanagement, but she’s gotten much better about saving money as she’s gotten older. When her mother died, Lois inherited a modest sum, and was quite disciplined with the money. She didn’t buy the … [Read more...]

Yikes! Our Top 10 Scariest Articles of 2018

Believe it or not, in Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Special Needs Planning, there are some news stories that sound more like the scary plots of horror movies than real life. The topics can be so horrifying that suddenly, you … [Read more...]

Is Suicide a “Rational” Option for Seniors?

Robert Shoots was a retired house painter who was happily remarried and enjoyed good health. He went fishing and played golf often, showing no signs of depression or other mental illness. Yet, Shoots took his own life, and he … [Read more...]

Do You Have an Advocate to Speak on Your Behalf?

Q. My sister, Penny, has advanced Parkinson’s and is beginning to experience symptoms of dementia. She’s been in the hospital several times over the past year for aspiration pneumonia, falls, and urinary tract infections. Although … [Read more...]

Falls Aren’t Just a Normal Part of Aging — They Are Preventable!

It’s fall -- an ideal time to put on a light sweater, take a walk in the crisp air, and watch the green leaves being replaced by dazzling amber, maroon, gold, and bronze hues. Besides the rustic colors, crunchy leaves beneath … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Using Telehealth to Age-in-Place

Dear Ribbit, I am interested in possibly using telehealth instead of visiting the doctor's office. What are the advantages of doing so? Thanks, Em Helth --- Dear Em, Telehealth (sometimes also known as mHealth), is … [Read more...]

Adult Children Seek Guardianship of Their Astronaut Dad, Buzz Aldrin

In July 1969, the first person to set foot on the moon's surface was Neil Armstrong. Nine minutes later, Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. touched down. History was made! On the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 next year, astronaut … [Read more...]

The Biggest Misconceptions About A Power of Attorney

Q. My lifelong friend, Peter, has an aunt who was never married and never had children of her own. Peter was the closest family member she had, but she was not a very trusting person, and didn't trust Peter or anyone, especially … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Can Dad Still Manage his Finances?

Dear Bebe, My dad has mild cognitive impairment. Sometimes he's completely out of it, while at other times he seems like himself. When he’s out of it, he does silly and sometimes reckless things involving money. What are some … [Read more...]