Feeling Smug Because You Have an Estate Plan?

Certified Elder Law Attorney Lisa Hostetler Brown knows that many people assume that estate planning is a once-and-done proposition. As the founder of LawyerLisa, a Life Care Planning Law Firm based in Lexington, South Carolina, Lisa sees people every day who are resting on their estate planning laurels. “These people find out the hard way that the documents they created at age 40 don’t necessarily work when you’re 70,” she said.

Add a Life Care Planning Law Firm to Your Dementia Caregiver Toolkit

If you’re caring for an elderly loved one with dementia, you already know that it takes a special person and a unique set of skills to make life comfortable for a person living with the disease. When it comes to caring for your loved one without sacrificing your own well-being in the process, having the right systems and support in place can make all the difference. Many dementia caregivers create a “toolkit” of resources to make the journey easier.

She Got Her Will on the Internet - A Horror Story

By Lisa Hostetler Brown, CELA

You can have crappy estate planning documents you got off the internet and think you’re all set. It’s after you’re dead that the problems start. Litigation is the only solution.

Right now, I'm tens of thousands of dollars into an estate litigation case that is a classic story of what can go wrong when you get documents online.

How to Shorten the Elder Care Crisis

By Franklin Drazen, CELA

Many people who call my office are in the midst of an elder care crisis, but they can’t see it.

What is an elder care crisis? It’s what happens when the older adult has a problem that throws the family into chaos. It could be a medical event, a fall, an accident, a car wreck, or something else.

For these families, the elder care crisis isn’t a special event. It’s an everyday occurrence.

Get Ready for Hot Weather!

If you’re caring for elderly loved ones, it’s important to know the facts about heat-related illnesses.

People aged 65 and older are more prone to heat stress than younger people. Older people don’t adjust as well to sudden changes in temperature. They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat, and they are more likely to take prescription medicines that impair the body's ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibit perspiration.

Will Your Advance Directive Be Ignored?

If you go to the trouble to create an Advance Directive, is there a chance that the document will be overlooked or even ignored by time-pressed healthcare professionals?

It’s possible.

Do Elder Care Coordinators Provide Care?

Not everyone understands what an elder care coordinator in a Life Care Planning Law Firm does. One of the biggest misconceptions involves the role the elder care coordinator plays in the delivery of care to an older adult. Steven Rubin, a Certified Elder Law Attorney and partner at Drazen Rubin Law, a Life Care Planning Law Firm in Milford, Connecticut, sees this confusion all the time.

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