• Expediting Your VA Pension Claim

    If you’re filing a claim for a VA pension for a loved one, is there anything you can do to speed up the process? We posed this question to Steven Rubin, a Certified Elder Law Attorney and a VA accredited attorney at Drazen Rubin Law, LLC, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Milford, Connecticut. Steven has been advising clients on VA-related issues for more than eight years.

  • Estate Planning Screw Ups of the Rich and Famous – Part 2

    By Linda Strohschein, CELA

    If you’re a certain age, you may remember Sonny Bono. He was one half of the popular duo Sonny and Cher who were riding high in the 1960s and 1970s. After Sonny left the music business, he went into politics. He served as mayor of Palm Springs, California, and then ran for the U.S. House of Representatives and won.

    You might also recall that Sonny died on a ski slope in 1998 after an unfortunate encounter with a tree. When he died, he was married to wife number four, and had two adult children and two minor children.

  • Estate Planning Screw Ups of the Rich and Famous - Part 1

    By Linda Strohschein, CELA

    Do you think that celebrities have it better?

    When it comes to estate planning, the answer may be no. You would think that anyone with so much money would automatically have access to the best legal advice. What we find is that celebrities are just like the rest of us. They make estate planning mistakes. Unfortunately, their mistakes make headlines.

  • When Families Can’t Agree

    When an aging parent needs help, it’s the family who steps in to provide the needed care. What happens when family members disagree about what should be done? What happens when there are disputes about what type of care is needed and who will provide that care?

    This scenario is more common than you might think. There’s nothing like an elder care crisis to resurrect simmering sibling rivalries and ancient power struggles. If you’re in this situation (or think you might be someday), what can you do?

  • Navigating the Halloween Season

    Do you love Halloween? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. Halloween is the nation’s second most popular holiday (Christmas holds the top spot).

    Though Halloween is a beloved tradition, it creates unique challenges for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. For those who suffer from confusion, disorientation and other symptoms, Halloween can be a truly frightening holiday.

    If you’re looking after an older adult who suffers from one of these cognitive conditions, here are a few things to keep in mind.

    When Older Adults Live Alone

  • Estate Planning with Steps & Exes

    Every so often, a story pops up in your news feed about a high-profile family conflict following a celebrity death. Maybe the celebrity died without a will. Maybe the family disagrees with the will. Maybe there’s feuding between the celebrity’s children from an earlier marriage and the current spouse.

    Conflicts like these happen all the time—and not just to the rich and famous. They happen to your neighbors. They happen to your friends. They could happen to you if you are not careful.

  • Will Simple Mistakes Derail Your VA Pension Claim?

    If you’re thinking of applying for VA Pension benefits for yourself or someone you love, you need to know that it could be a long, hard slog. The VA isn’t known for its efficiency. Though you don’t have any control over the employees of the VA and their skill (or lack thereof) at processing applications, you do have control over what you submit. Here’s what to do if you want the best possible results.

  • Scammers Try Their Luck with Kim Kimbrough

    By William H. (Kim) Kimbrough, Jr., J.D., LL.M.

    Frauds aimed at older adults are becoming more creative. Scammers stay on top of whatever is new, such as the popularity of Zoom, COVID-19 vaccines, and online shopping, and then move fast to create ploys that best fit the moment. They also capitalize on the availability of public information to bilk unsuspecting seniors.
    It's not just vulnerable older shut-ins who are targeted. Everyone is--even me. That's why I wanted to give you a glimpse of two scam letters I received recently.

  • My Elder Care Story - Julia Price

    When it comes to elder care, Julia Price hasn’t just had a front row seat. She has been in the ring. In fact, if you look up the term “Sandwich Generation,” there’s a good chance you’ll find Julia Price’s picture next to the definition. “Six years ago, I didn’t even know that elder care law was a thing,” said Julia. Today, she helps people access public benefits to pay for long-term care in her role as a VA accredited attorney at Elder Law of East Tennessee, a Life Care Planning Law Firm with offices in Knoxville and Johnson City, Tennessee.

  • When a Caregiver Can't Let Go

    An older loved one needs care. A family member steps up. The elder’s condition worsens, and the burden on the caregiver increases. Outsiders can see that the elder needs more help, but the family caregiver can’t let go. What are the options? We posed this question to Carolyn Northrop, the elder care coordinator at Strohschein Law Group, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in St. Charles, Illinois.