Understanding the SECURE Act

The United States Congress threw a monkey wrench into the estate plans of millions by passing the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, which went into effect on January 1, 2020. How will this new law impact retirement plans? Will it change how people choose to pass down retirement plans to their loved ones? We posed these questions to Franklin Drazen, an elder law and tax attorney, and founder of Drazen Rubin Law Group, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Milford, Connecticut.

Will Your Healthcare Power of Attorney Be Ignored?

National Healthcare Decisions Day is almost here. Celebrated in mid-April (it’s on April 16 this year), National Healthcare Decisions Day exists to inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.

Sidestepping Hospital Readmissions

Research shows that 15% of older adults who spent time in a hospital will be readmitted within a month of their discharge. Why would a person who has just been discharged from the hospital need to go back? We posed this question to Dawn Usher, an elder care coordinator at Elder Law of Middle Tennessee, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Lebanon, Tennessee. Dawn sees the following situations as the most common causes of hospital readmission.

Senior Scams Update

Seniors lose an estimated $2.9 billion annually from scams and financial exploitation. The problem is so pervasive that the Senate established a committee to investigate the situation. That committee, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, produced the 2019 Fraud Book, which offers a detailed look at the senior scams.
What are the top 10 scams targeting seniors?

Behind the Scenes: The Intake Process

People rarely call a law firm because things are going well. Unless you won the lottery, you call a law firm because you have a problem.

That’s the situation with the majority of people who call a Life Care Planning Law Firm. Something just happened. Mom has Alzheimer’s disease and is wandering. Dad had a stroke and can’t communicate. No one knows what to do or where to turn.

Elders Caring for Elders: A Growing Trend

When you think of an adult child caring for an elderly parent, what comes to mind? For most of us, the first thing we envision is probably a woman in her fifties. What may not come to mind is elders caring for elders: men and women in their 70s and up caring for parents in their 90s or older.

An analysis from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College was the first to document how often this happens. Researchers found that 10 percent of adults ages 60 to 69 whose parents are alive serve as caregivers, as do 12 percent of adults age 70 and older.

Journey into Life Care Planning - Emily Monarch

How do attorneys find their way to Life Care Planning? For Emily Monarch, founder of Elder Law Solutions, a Life Care Planning Law Firm outside of Louisville, Kentucky, the path began with a position at a big law firm. “I started out practicing labor and employment law, but soon realized that it wasn't for me,” Emily remembers. “When my son was born, I decided to become a stay-at-home mom and delay practicing law until my kids got older.”

Meeting the Spiritual Needs of a Person Living with Dementia

Caring for a person with dementia is demanding. By the end of the day, you may be exhausted. Meeting the person’s physical and emotional needs, attending to their medical issues, and taking care of household tasks is so time consuming that it can be easy to overlook another important aspect of a person’s care: their spiritual needs.
Spirituality and religious traditions are important. They’re acquired early and are usually deeply engrained. Eventually, they become part of a person’s DNA.

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