• The Skinny on the Power of Attorney

    If something happens to you and you can’t manage your affairs, how will your affairs get managed?

    That’s the basic question answered by the power of attorney, a legal document that allows you to appoint someone to manage your property, medical, or financial affairs. A power of attorney is an important part of any estate plan, and anyone over 18 can create one. In fact, the power of attorney is often the first document people think to create whey they are ready to start formalizing plans for their future.

  • A Day in the Life of Elder Care Coordinator Cassandra Ignatowicz

    What’s a typical day like for an elder care coordinator in a Life Care Planning Law Firm? Cassandra Ignatowicz, an elder care coordinator at LawyerLisa, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Lexington, South Carolina, laughs at the suggestion that any day is typical. “No two days are alike,” she said, “and that’s one of the things I love about my work.”

  • Journey to Life Care Planning – Kevin Pillon

    By Kevin Pillon, CELA

    I came to Life Care Planning in the way that many other attorneys do. I had a successful career as an estate planning attorney in Washington, D.C., until I was suddenly thrust into the role of caregiver for my mother and father after they were both diagnosed with dementia. Eventually, I left my work to focus completely on my parents. They had always loved their home on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and that’s where they wanted to stay as they aged. My goal was to honor their wishes.

  • If You Don’t Apply for VA Benefits, the Answer is Always No

    By Chris Johnson

    When I ask people why they don’t apply for VA benefits they might be entitled to, I often hear things like this:

    • It will be too hard.
    • It will take too long.
    • I don’t have the time.
    • I won’t qualify, so why bother.
    • No one ever gets these benefits, so why try?

  • Senior Scam Update

    Family caregivers, keep your eyes open! Financial scams targeting seniors have become so common that they are now considered “the crime of the 21st century.” These crimes are devastating to older adults and can leave them in a very vulnerable position with little time to recoup their losses.

  • The Best Way to Choose a Long-Term Care Option

    When it’s time to choose a long-term care facility, how can you be confident you’re making the right decision? How can working with an elder care coordinator in a Life Care Planning Law Firm make the process easier?

    Cassandra Ignatowicz can answer these questions. As an elder care coordinator at LawyerLisa, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Lexington, South Carolina, Cassandra is involved in residential placements every day. She believes that relying on the guidance of an elder care coordinator pays benefits families in four ways.

  • Never Underestimate a Person Living with Dementia

    By Joshua Hunter

    When I was in college, I worked as a hands-on caregiver for a home care company. One of my clients—I’ll call him Sam—had vascular dementia. I helped him three days a week for 12 hours a day.

  • Journey to Life Care Planning - Lisa Hostetler Brown

    By Lisa Hostetler Brown

    I decided that I wanted to be a lawyer when I was twelve years old. I didn’t have a backup plan. Nobody ever said, "Well, what if you don't get into law school?" I've always known that law was the profession for me.

    When I graduated from law school in 2007, I got a job working as an attorney for a general practice firm that handled real estate cases. This was transactional work. You met your client at the signing, and then they were gone. Maybe you would hear from them a decade later. Maybe not.

  • Making Sense of Senior Living Options

    Are you concerned about an older relative’s ability to live independently? You’re not alone. This is the time of year when many of us discover that our elderly loved ones aren’t doing so well on their own. Google the term “senior living options near me” and you could get more than 2 million search results.

    How do you make sense of it all? One of the first things to do is to think about senior living options as a continuum. As you move through this continuum, the level of support increases—and so does the cost.

  • How to Avoid the Elder Care Crisis

    When you think of the kind of person who might need an elder law attorney, what is your first thought? For most people, what comes to mind is an older adult in crisis. A crisis starts when the person has some sort of acute medical event or accident and can no longer live safely at home. The urgent need to find a place for the older adult to live creates a financial, legal, and care-related crisis—for the older adult and the family. Life Care Planning Law Firms are well-known for their ability to guide families through this type of crisis.