• Powers of Attorney 101

    If something happens to you and you’re unable to communicate, how will those caring for you know how to manage your affairs? That’s the basic question answered by the power of attorney, a legal document that gives another person the authority to act on your behalf. If you are unable to make your own decisions due to illness, injury, or other circumstances, a power of attorney helps your loved ones manage your affairs and make important decisions about your business, finances, and health. The person who acts on your behalf is called the “attorney-in-fact” or “agent.”

  • Journey into Life Care Planning: Marty Fogarty

    “Life’s struggles serve to awaken our individual strengths and purpose.” That’s how attorney Marty Fogarty describes how he came to practice Life Care Planning. Marty is founder of The Heartland Law Firm, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Glenview, Illinois.

    In 2000, Marty launched his firm focusing on estate and financial planning. As an attorney with a CFPTM designation, Marty envisioned a law firm that offered a holistic practice with multiple disciplines.

  • Alzheimer's Disease and Holiday Celebrations

    There’s no escaping it: the holiday season is a stressful time for everyone. It’s even more challenging when you factor in a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

    How do you celebrate the holidays without making things worse? To answer this question, we consulted Claire Merendino, R.N., an elder care coordinator at Bratton Law Group, a Life Care Planning Law Firm with offices in Philadelphia and New Jersey.

  • My Elder Care Story: Linda Strohschein

    Linda Strohschein’s elder care story is like that of many attorneys who head up Life Care Planning Law Firms. Her first exposure to the elder care world happened at home.

  • What Not to Say When A Parent Has Dementia

    When dementia strikes, you will likely observe many changes with your loved one’s behavior, language, memory, and ability to perform familiar tasks. One of the areas that dementia will impact dramatically is communication. You may notice that your mom or dad struggles to find certain words, doesn’t seem to understand what you say, and can no longer communicate the way they once could.

  • That Special Friend in the Nursing Home

    It’s not unusual for people to find new friends when they move into a nursing home. But what happens when those friendships turn into something more? We posed this question to Pati Bedwell, an elder care coordinator at Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Hendersonville, Tennessee. A veteran of the senior care industry, Pati has truly seen it all.

  • Are You Caregiving from Afar?

    Do you live far away from elderly loved ones?  If so, you know how difficult it can be to stay connected when you can't help with caregiving duties. You may feel guilty for not being closer. You may wish you could be there to help. Hopefully, you have siblings or other relatives nearby who can care for your relative, so you can rest easy knowing that their needs are being met.

  • Tips for a Successful VA Pension Application

    Have you heard how challenging it can be to interact with the Department of Veterans Affairs (the VA)? The VA’s reputation may be well-earned, but there are steps you can take to expedite the VA pension application process, according to Chris Johnson, an attorney at Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Chris, a Marine Corps veteran who served as an attorney in the U.S. military for nearly a decade before joining Takacs McGinnis, shares four “Pro-Tips” that separate successful claims from those that get stuck in the system.