When you're caring for a parent with dementia, there are some things you need to do to stay on the right side of the law. It's common for aging adults to deal with conditions like dementia or Alzheimer's disease, so understanding when your parent is no longer able to...
‘Do Not Resuscitate’ orders and your preferences
On Behalf of Salem Shor & Saperstein, LLP | Feb 13, 2018 | Elder Law
At your request, you're able to have a "Do Not Resuscitate" (DNR) order in your medical charts. There are a few restrictions, though. For example, if you have a disease that affects your mental state, you may not be able to sign legally binding documents. All adult...
Should you work with an elder law attorney?
On Behalf of Salem Shor & Saperstein, LLP | Jan 25, 2018 | Elder Law
An elder law attorney may be familiar with many kinds of law, but he or she generally practices and is experienced in elder law. He or she handles legal matters involving estates, planning for guardianship, long-term health care planning, Medicare and Medicaid, wills,...
Visiting an attorney? Know what to expect
On Behalf of Salem Shor & Saperstein, LLP | Jan 11, 2018 | Elder Law
As you age, you may realize that there are many legal documents you need to complete. You need to create a will, an estate plan and may want to design a trust. You want to protect your assets and avoid losing them because of needing nursing care. Yes, there are many...
Medicaid: You can shield some of your assets
On Behalf of Salem Shor & Saperstein, LLP | Dec 22, 2017 | Elder Law
Medicaid has it's place, and it helps the elderly get the medication and care they need as they age. Patients have only three choices when it comes to paying for extended care. They can use their own money and pay privately, use Medicaid or use long-term care...
Planning early for elder law issues is key to an easy transition
On Behalf of Salem Shor & Saperstein, LLP | Nov 28, 2017 | Elder Law
It is no surprise that some people don't want to talk about estate planning. It's not a comfortable topic. Discussing your estate plan means you need to accept that you won't be around forever, and you need to address what you want to do with your assets, debts and...
An elder law power of attorney helps protect your assets
On Behalf of Salem Shor & Saperstein, LLP | Nov 14, 2017 | Elder Law
As someone who is getting older, you've probably started to think about your estate plan. One thing that's important to have is an elder law power of attorney (POA). An elder law power of attorney isn't quite the same as a typical POA. Normally, a POA gives appointed...
Choosing the right nursing home makes a difference for elders
On Behalf of Salem Shor & Saperstein, LLP | Oct 25, 2017 | Elder Law
Choosing the right nursing home can be the difference between your loved one receiving good care or finding that he or she has been injured at a nursing home. It's hard to know which facility to choose; many are expensive, and some may seem better than others on the...
Why should you work with an elder law attorney?
On Behalf of Salem Shor & Saperstein, LLP | Sep 14, 2017 | Elder Law
As you age, you may find you have specific legal needs. In those cases, it may be in your best interests to work with an elder law attorney. An elder law attorney is experienced in the needs that elderly people and their advocates may have. They are familiar with...
Wills versus revocable trusts: The benefits of a living trust
On Behalf of Salem Shor & Saperstein, LLP | Aug 23, 2017 | Elder Law
A revocable living trust is not the same as a will, and it has some special benefits. To start with, you need to understand the differences. A revocable living trust is able to be altered at any time if you change your mind, similarly to how a will works. However, a...
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