Noticing the Subtle Signs: Our Guide to Recognizing Early Indications of Dementia

It’s a diagnosis many dread and fear, but the truth is that when dementia touches you or a loved one, knowing as early as possible gives you the power to plan. At Elder Advisors Law, we urge our clients and their families to be on the lookout for signs of dementia, while also understanding dementia’s complexities and the reality that a little forgetfulness here and there isn’t necessarily cause for alarm. We hope Read More

What You Need to Know About Alzheimer’s and Capacity

Among the many challenges of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia is trying to get a sense of where they are in the progression of their disease and what that means. Caregivers know that there can be good days and bad days. This poses a challenge for assessing how best to interact with them as well as what level of oversight they need. It also poses a legal challenge: the issue of capacity.  “Legal Read More

Four Tips for Helping a Loved One Transition to Life in a Nursing Home

Maybe your elderly loved one has clear intentions of living independently. Or perhaps he or she lives with you and you’re happy to have them do so for as long as possible. In either of these scenarios, unfortunately, a health crisis can force you to reconsider. When living independently or with family becomes unsustainable for your loved one, these tips will help you ease their transition into life in a nursing Read More

Medicaid Asset Test Q&A

Here’s what happens to a lot of people: They don’t make a plan for how they will handle the high cost of living in a long term care facility, then when they end up needing long term care, they are told they must spend-down their life savings before turning to Medicaid for help. Luckily, there is a better way. Whether you’re years from ever needing long term care or that time is coming faster than you expected, you Read More

Top Four Estate Planning Considerations for Veterans

At Elder Advisors Law, we have the honor of serving many veterans who have bravely fought for our country over the years. Estate planning for veterans is different from estate planning for others because they have special resources available through the Department of Veteran Affairs that others do not. In today’s blog post, we’re looking at four of the top considerations that we have learned veterans need to keep in Read More

Four Medicare and Medicaid Myths

At Elder Advisors Law, we are committed not only to helping our clients with estate planning and asset protection, but also with educating the public about these subjects. Over the years, we’ve learned just how many misconceptions people have about managing their money as they age, especially when it comes to Medicare and Medicaid. That’s why in today’s blog post we’re busting some of the most common myths people Read More

The Asset Protection Trust Explained

At Elder Advisors Law, we take an innovative approach to estate planning. It matters to us that there is intention behind everything we do and everything we urge our clients to do. We’re not going to urge you to do X, Y, and Z or use so-and-so estate planning documents just because it’s what we’re used to or because it’s what’s always been done. When we make a recommendation or build a customized estate plan, we like Read More

Three Reasons Coronavirus Makes Estate Planning More Important Than Ever

These unprecedented times are scary for us all. Though the numbers are still out, it seems that while coronavirus is mainly life-threatening only for the elderly and immunocompromised, it can also in some cases claim the lives of the young and the healthy. For many, this is a wakeup call. Between accidents and undetected medical issues, the young and seemingly healthy have never been death-proof, but the highly Read More

Dealing with a Dementia Diagnosis: 4 Ways to Help Your Parent Plan for the Future

Sometimes a parent’s dementia diagnosis comes as a surprise, and sometimes you’ve known it was coming for a while and hearing it officially diagnosed is simply a confirmation of your fears. Whether you’ve been in denial or just chalked the forgetfulness and unusual behaviors up to old age, or you’ve spent weeks or months reading up on dementia in anticipation of this diagnosis, getting that diagnosis is your cue to Read More

The Difference Between Pre-Planning and Crisis Planning

In life, we never know what the future will hold. Tomorrow is not guaranteed and the unexpected could be waiting around any corner. This rings especially true when you’re a senior. That’s why it is important to have a plan in place that can help you in various scenarios — such as if you develop dementia, if you need to move into an assisted living facility, if you have a health emergency, or if you stay well and Read More