• Should Your Loved One Get the Flu Shot?

    With all the controversy over COVID vaccines, flu shots seem to have been lost in the shuffle. Should people over age 65 get the flu shot?

    The answer is yes. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people 65 years and older should receive the flu vaccination by the end of October each year, before the flu season starts.1 The flu shot is also encouraged for family members and caregivers of seniors.

    Why is the flu shot important?

  • What Does an Elder Care Coordinator Do?

    When you first walk into a Life Care Planning Law Firm, the atmosphere might feel a bit different than what you will experience when you enter an ordinary elder law firm. Ordinary elder law firms don’t have registered nurses, social workers, or other non-legal professionals on staff. That’s because they’re not equipped to assist families with care-related concerns.

  • Why I Love Life Care Planning

    By Bob Mannor, CELA

    There’s a lot to love about the Life Care Planning approach to elder law, but the thing I like best is that it’s the only approach that is truly holistic.

  • What Elder Law Credentials Mean

    If you’re in the market for an elder law attorney, you may have noticed that some have “CELA,” “LL.M,” or “VA accredited” after their names. What are these credentials? What do you gain by working with an attorney who has them?

  • Gratitude and Caregiving

    Caring for an elderly loved one can be hard work. Did you know that focusing on what you’re grateful for can make things easier?

  • Filing Long-Term Care Insurance Claims

    Long-term care insurance claims are just one of the many things that can overwhelm family caregivers. Policy documents are long, filled with exclusions, and written in difficult language. The claims process is complicated.

  • 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?