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Long-Term Care Insurance Now Available Through Harwell & Plant

Paul B. Plant
Harwell & Plant
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

When I first started practicing law about 40 years ago, my late father-in-law and senior partner, Judge W. A. “Bud” Harwell offered Mike Bottoms and me a lot of good advice. Possibly the best advice he ever offered to us was that no matter how hard we tried we would be unable to do all things for all people. He did tell us, however, that that if we worked hard and conducted ourselves as the professionals he wanted us to be, we could create a network of relationships that would offer us services and skill sets far beyond what we could acquire on our own.

I am most gratified to say that throughout my career as a practicing attorney, I have done my best to create those relationships. I’ve been blessed with a vast number of friends and colleagues in and around the legal profession on whom I have called any number of times to assist me in meeting the needs of my clients. I am pleased to say I believe I have done that once more.

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What is Elder Law??

South Carolina Elder Law Attorney, Mitchell Paine, recently shared the following thoughts on my Elder Care Matters Website. What is elder law? It is a question I am often asked and I think my colleague, Mr. Paine, gives an extraordinary answer.

Well among attorneys there seems to be no clear definition for the term elder law because it encompasses so many areas. An elder law attorney will be involved in estate planning, Medicaid eligibility, Medicare law, Social Security law, Wills, Trusts, Probate, retirement planning, healthcare planning, disability incapacity, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and the list goes on.

Perhaps the best definition of elder law is “an area of law which applies a holistic approach to addressing the unique legal needs of senior citizens, including retirement benefits, estate planning, healthcare, and other issues.”

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Tips to Manage Caregiver Stress

A colleague in Chicago, Robert Stelletello, Owner of Right at Home Oak Park / Chicago, has shared these thoughts in an ElderCare Matters piece recently:

It starts with your Father needing help monitoring his daily medications.

Not too much later he needs regular at-home care.

If you are a primary family caregiver, you understand the tough sacrifices and joys of helping your elderly loved one with daily routines such as bathing, dressing and eating, or making medical and financial decisions. Yet, without realizing it, your efforts to comfort and support your loved one may be eroding your own health by contributing to elevated risk of high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and anxiety. Stress from caring for an aging loved one can also increase the likelihood of headaches, disrupt your sleep, and cause depression.

To help, try the following caregiver stress relievers:

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