Elder Law

In-Home Paid Health Care

Today, many people are planning to age in their homes, which may result in the need for in-home paid health care.  There are many considerations to be made for the protection of the person being cared for, the caregiver, and the family of the aged.  Are you hiring a companion or a health aide?  The […]

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Financial Elder Abuse

Do you have a family member who needs help and you have hired someone who comes into the home periodically or who may even stay in the home full time?  If the answer is yes, where are financial documents kept?  Who gets the mail?  If the aide or caregiver or helper – whatever title you […]

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Practicing in a Rough Neighborhood: The Trust Hacker Podcast

Over the past year, Bob Mason, a nationally elder law attorney from North Carolina, has created a podcast known as the Trust Hacker.  In these podcasts, Bob interviews attorneys from all over the country regarding issues effecting trusts, estates, elder law and special needs planning.  Recently, I was humbled to be interviewed by him. The […]

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When an Asset Becomes Income

Last week, in the case entitled J.G. v. Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services and the Morris County Board of Social Services, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court ruled that monthly payments from an annuity are considered solely as income for purposes of determining the rights of a Community Spouse to receive a […]

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Elder Law – 25 Years and Counting

In 1986, a group of attorneys from around the country met at the California Bar Association’s Annual Meeting to discuss the ever increasing senior population and how to deal with the myriad of issues facing them.  The theme of their talks was “How can we help?”  These attorneys came from diverse backgrounds including private practice, […]

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Establishing Effective Fiduciary Relationships

A frequently contentious area in the elder law arena is the establishment of effective fiduciary relationships. Such relationships are frequently established through powers of attorney, living trusts and other inter vivos documents. Problems frequently arise when writings, establishing these relationships, are poorly drafted and when fiduciaries are not properly selected. Such problems are further compounded […]

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