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Things to Consider Before Signing a Contract for Assisted Living

When someone gets ready to move into an assisted living facility there will inevitably be a lot of paperwork involved.  Much of that paperwork is fairly straightforward and need not be a cause for concern.  However, amid the big stack of needed signatures, there is one document you must review carefully before signing.  That document is the admissions agreement.  An assisted living admissions agreement is really a contract.  And like all contracts, there are important provisions you need to understand fully.  In the October 2017 edition of Consumer Reports, Penelope Wang does an excellent job of listing the key provisions you need to understand when reviewing an admissions agreement.  See “Putting the Assisted Living Facility Contract Under a Microscope,” Penelope Wang, Consumer Reports, October 2017. Continue reading

Writing a Memorandum of Intent for Your Child with Special Needs

How can you ensure that your child will remain well cared for and secure once others assume the role of guardian or caregiver? While creating a financial plan and establishing a specialized trust are central to preparing for your child’s future, special needs planners also advise families to write down their intentions and expectations in a document referred to as a Memorandum of Intent, also known as a “Letter of Intent.” This document can be used to describe your child’s health care and therapeutic needs, identify lifestyle preferences and provide contact information for doctors, therapists and teachers. It also can be used to convey insights into your child’s personality and history that future caregivers might not easily gain on their own. Continue reading

Helping Children Today

When children are in their 30s and 40s, they frequently are starting a new career or beginning a family. Many are still paying off school debts. For these reasons they could benefit from some additional help. Continue reading

Helping Children Tomorrow

Parents and children often have a different perspective on saving and spending. Parents of retirement age today were born during the Great Depression or during the 1940s and have a strong desire to save and invest in order to increase economic security.

Some of their children may have a different perspective. Because their children did not grow up during adverse economic times, they tend to consume more and save less. Understandably, many of these parents hope that their children could have greater economic security during retirement. Continue reading

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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