“Who would take our children? I am not sure anyone would be willing to take them,” remarked Shelly to her attorney, Jim. “It’s not that they aren’t good children. They are all fine, but there are 11 of them! If something happens to Pat and me, who will take them?” Continue reading
As an outside observer, often times, it is the child who first notices changes in Mom that signal it may be time for her to move to an assisted living community. How will she react? How should you bring it up? Knowing what to say and how to begin can be the most difficult part of the entire conversation. So here are a few tips to help you talk with Mom about moving to an assisted living community. Continue reading
What is the most important estate planning document? Answer: The one estate planning document that everyone 18 and older should have is an Advance Health-Care Directive. It is not the sexiest tool in the estate planning toolbox, but can head off family strife, heartache, and needless attorney’s fees in ways that no other document can. Continue reading
While day-to-day obligations can certainly get in the way, at some point as a parent of a child with special needs you will need to create a special needs trust to shelter and manage whatever you may leave the child. This is the only safe way to make sure that the funds you leave are protected and well managed and that the child, who by then is probably an adult, can continue to qualify for vital public benefits.
Here are some of the questions you will need to consider in guiding your attorney to create the trust: Continue reading
Hollywood can be a great platform to provide mass exposure to many of the issues and challenges that plague society. It’s like the cliché, “art imitates life.” For example, the film Still Alice portrays some of the challenges families endure when one family member suffers from the Alzheimer’s disease. The success of the film, and the awards won by its leading lady, Julianne Moore, have brought awareness of these trials to the forefront of society. However, when the lights of the theatre dissipate and the box office numbers dwindle, the real-life caregivers and their challenges with their Alzheimer’s patients continue. Continue reading