Critter Corner: What if the Bank Refuses to Accept a Power of Attorney?

Dear Bebe, My friend’s brother had a stroke and is now incapacitated. As his agent under his Power of Attorney, my friend needs to take over his finances. She recently went to his bank and was told that the bank will not accept … [Read more...]

Is Guardianship the Best Course of Action?

Q. My mother hasn’t been herself for some time now. She has suffered from chronic depression throughout her life and now she is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s. She often forgets to take her depression medication, so we … [Read more...]

What it Really Means to Be an Agent Under a Power of Attorney

Q. My lifelong friend, Declan, has a family that has a history of early-onset Alzheimer’s. Declan is worried that he will get sick when he is still young and will not be able to pay his bills or make other decisions about his … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How Much Should an Agent Under a Power of Attorney Be Paid?

Dear Ernie and Jannette, Both my parents signed Power of Attorney documents naming my sister as their financial agent. They now both have dementia and live in an assisted living facility. My sister wants to pay herself to do … [Read more...]

Family Feuding Over the Power of Attorney Decision

Maddie was asked by her mother to assume the role of agent under her Power of Attorney, entrusting her to act on her mother's behalf and to place her mother's interests ahead of her own when the time comes. Maddie lives the … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Should new Virginia residents Update their Out-of-State Estate Planning Documents?

Dear Ernie and Janette, I recently moved to Northern Virginia from Florida to be near my children and grandchildren. Although I really miss the warmer weather, I adore having family close by. I went to an estate planning … [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...]

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...]

Estate Planning for the Modern Family

Q. My family is not what many would consider "ordinary." I am divorced and have been remarried for five years. I have a 40-year-old stepdaughter, a 25-year-old daughter, and a 10-year-old grandson, all of whom reside with us. My … [Read more...]