• Could You Be on the Hook?

    You’ve moved your mom or dad into a nursing home. You’re breathing a sigh of relief. The stress of caring for your parent is now behind you. You can rest easy knowing that they’ll be well cared for by skilled nursing staff, right?

    Unfortunately, long-term care is expensive. In some parts of the U.S., it can run as much as $12,000 per month. Do you know where the money will come from to pay for your parents’ care? What if your mom or dad can no longer pay the bill? Can you, the adult child, be held responsible?

  • What’s Mine is Mine

    Blended family situations can create challenges when a spouse needs long-term care. An attorney in a Life Care Planning Law Firm outlines the risks.

    If you’ve been married more than once and there are children from former marriages in the picture, estate planning is often tricky. Things can be even more challenging when you or your current spouse need long-term care. How can blended family situations create problems?

  • A Day in the Life of an Elder Care Coordinator

    What's a typical day like for an elder care coordinator in a Life Care Planning Law Firm? Kyra Clements, one of the elder care coordinators at Elder Law of East Tennessee, a Life Care Planning Law Firm with offices in Knoxville and Johnson City, tells the story in her own words.

    The only thing typical about my day is the outcome I’m trying to achieve for my clients. My job is to ensure the best quality of life and the best quality of care for my elderly clients.

  • Love or Trickery?

    When an elderly loved one needs to be placed in a facility and the response is NO WAY, what do you do?

    We posed this delicate question to Janice Fitchhorn, an elder care coordinator at Truhlsen Elder Care Law of Nebraska, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Blair, Nebraska. Janice sees this situation quite frequently.

  • Perils of Estate Planning with Online Forms

    The internet has changed many things in our society, including estate planning. Google the term “estate planning documents” and you will get nearly 200 million search results, many of them from companies who offer downloadable documents at low prices. This may seem like a great deal for the average consumer. But is it?

  • Life Care Planning vs. Traditional Elder Law

    What is elder law? What is Life Care Planning? How do they compare? One of the best ways to answer that question is to talk to someone who has worked under both law practice models, someone like Jason Penrod, an attorney at Family Elder Law, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Lakeland, Florida.

  • Caregivers on the Edge

    If you’re one of the 40 million people in this country who are caring for older relatives, have you ever felt like you just can’t do it anymore…but then you keep going? If the answer is yes, you’re probably flirting with caregiver burnout. What are the signs and symptoms of burnout? Carolyn Northrop can answer this question. An elder care coordinator at Strohschein Law Group, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in St. Charles, Illinois, Carolyn says that caregivers on the verge of burnout often show these signs:

  • Making the Most of Care Plan Meetings – Part 1

    Nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and other long-term facilities that accept Medicaid and Medicare must abide by federal laws governing residents’ rights . One of those rights involves creating a Care Plan for the resident. Federal law provides that, to the extent possible, the resident, the resident’s family, and the resident’s healthcare designee should participate in the development of the Care Plan.

  • Do You Know a Blue Water Navy Veteran?

    Did someone you love serve in Vietnam? If so, you’ll want to keep reading, especially if your loved one was among the estimated 90,000 veterans who served on ships off the coast of Vietnam.

    It took 50 years for Blue Water Navy veterans to receive disability compensation for diseases related to Agent Orange exposure. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 gave these service men and women the compensation they deserved, extending disability benefits covering medical conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure to those who served on ships off the coast of Vietnam.