Many of us have read that our Social Security retirement checks can be expected to shrink by 23% beginning in 2034. But what about the impact of the creeping effects of inflation? And the rising costs of housing and medical expenses for retirees?read more
Many estate planning attorneys focus on writing wills and testamentary trusts, documents which divide up your “stuff” when you are gone. But, what about when you’re still alive? Who will help protect you, keep you in charge and help you get what you want? An elder law attorney can help. Learn more here.read more
Becoming a caregiver for a family member or other elderly person involves a lot. Learning to do it right can ease the burden. Read more for helpful resources to help your learning curve.read more
Do you shop or pay bills, bank or invest online? Do you use Facebook or Google dox, share photos on Shutterfly or Pinterest, use email, have frequent flyer miles, keep pictures or records on your computer? Old or forgotten online accounts can become zombie accounts. How do you protect your online accounts?read more
Is your loved one, neighbor or friend at risk of elder abuse? How can we tell? What should we do? Read more for red flags to look for indicating elder financial exploitation.read more
Knowing what’s on your bucket list can help you prioritize. Sharing it with your doctor can help the two of you make better treatment decisions. A February 2018 article in the Journal of Palliative Medicine* found that 91.2% of survey participants have at least mental bucket lists. Here is what they said they want to do.read more
Most people think that Medicaid is for other people, in particular for poor people. Medicaid is the primary payer for long-term care, whether at home or in the nursing home. Will you need Medicaid for long-term care?read more
The downside of living longer is that some of those extra years will come with extra difficulty. We are likely to have trouble getting around, whether that means trouble operating the car safely, needing a walker or a wheelchair. We are likely to have trouble doing the laundry and the housework. Grocery shopping and cooking will become too burdensome. Even bathing, dressing and grooming; using the toilet and maintaining continence may well become a problem. You may be wondering, do I need long-term care insurance? Nearly 70% of us will need some form of long-term care.read more
Perhaps your situation is simple. You have no spouse. You have no children. You have no house, no car and no more than $2,000 in the bank. Your memory is intact and your mind is sharp: you can complete the Medicaid application all on your own.
But, what if your situation is less simple? You may need an elder lawyer’s help to get things done.read more
Although in Texas probate can be relatively straight-forward, fast and cheap, who can be blamed for wanting to cut expenses further by doing it themselves?
Can you DIY probate in Texas? Maybe.read more