Elder Law

The Importance of Planning this Holiday Season

The Importance of Planning this Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is one of my absolute favorite holidays. Between spending time with my family and friends, eating some good food, enjoying a nice glass of wine and maybe even watching some football, it really doesn’t get any better for me. Here is a quick video I did today to talk more about why I love Thanksgiving, and why the planning that we do to prepare for this holiday makes it flow so smoothly. For those of you that would rather read, here is the full transcript! Why I Love Thanksgiving… Hey everyone. Jim Hart here, and today I want to […]

5 Things You Must Do if You or a Loved One Has Been Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s Disease

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During the past several weeks, I’ve received several calls from prospective clients who have been thrust into the role of caregiver for a family member that has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. My experience with Alzheimer’s Disease is limited – my family has primarily been the target of cancer, so Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are not something I have first-hand experience with. However, during college, I did work as a nurse’s aide at a nursing home for several years. Honestly, this was some of the most rewarding work I ever did as an undergraduate. I assisted and got to […]

What is Medicaid Planning?

Medicaid planning

A frequent misconception about Medicaid is that it is only for poor people. In reality, Medicaid is a government-run social program that is used to help people pay for nursing home expenses. However, to qualify for Medicaid, you must meet certain income and asset thresholds. An elder law attorney can help people to position their assets and income such that when they apply for Medicaid, they will be approved for benefits while at the same time retaining as many of their hard-earned assets as possible. Here is the thing about Medicaid… One way or another your loved one will have […]

What is an Elder Law Attorney and How Can They Help You?

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Defining the term “elder law” is an almost impossible task. The easiest way to think of what an elder law attorney does is to define the population of people they serve – the elderly and the disabled. But in terms of the actual work that an elder law attorney does, it runs the gamut from Medicaid and veterans pension planning to nursing home negligence and elder abuse. Many people don’t realize that Elder law is also a subset of estate planning. How Can an Elder Law Attorney Help You? Here are just a few of the things that an elder […]