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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Using Irrevocable Trusts In California Medi-Cal Planning


Many individuals will eventually need long-term care at some point in their lifetimes. Because the cost of long-term care is expensive, a vast majority of those individuals will need assistance paying for that care. Medi-Cal is the name of California’s Medicaid health care program.

However, individuals must qualify for Medicaid to receive assistance with long-term care costs. Our Read more . . .


Monday, March 16, 2020

How a Pour Over Will Works


A detailed estate plan can provide asset protection now and in the future. It can also protect your family and ensure that the legacy you build is available for the next generation and generations to come. Read more . . .


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Four Things You Didn't Know About Advance Directives in California


Everyone needs an advance health care directive. Even though many people believe that only seniors need these types of documents, the truth is that no one knows when an accident or illness might result in incapacitation. With an advance health care directive, you have more control over your health care even when you cannot speak for yourself. Our Read more . . .


Monday, February 17, 2020

10 Tips That Elderly Californians Should Know About Medi-Cal Planning


Medi-Cal is the Medicaid health care program in California. If you have limited income and assets, you might qualify for several types of medical services through Medi-Cal. Medi-Cal offers health coverage at little or no cost if you are eligible and live in California.

Your age, income, and resources are some of the factors that the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will evaluate when determining whether you qualify for coverage. A Read more . . .


Thursday, February 13, 2020

8 Signs You Should be Exploring Long-Term Care Facilities


Eventually, most of us wonder whether we should be exploring long-term care facilities for a spouse or parent. This decision can be emotionally charged. You might feel guilty and ambivalent with either conclusion. A California long term care planning attorney can help you evaluate the situation objectively and develop appropriate legal documents.

Should You Look Into Long-Term Care Options?

Here are 8 signs that you should be exploring long-term care facilities for your loved one.
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Monday, February 10, 2020

New Home Improvement Scam Targets Seniors


Con artists love to target seniors. One of the favorite scams of crooks is to rip off older adults on home improvements. Your home is your castle and your nest. You want to take care of your shelter and keep a secure roof over your head. Crooks know this, so they try to scare you into signing up for work that your house does not need.
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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Don’t Make it Harder on Your Family: Plan for Your Digital Assets


One of the very best things that you can do for your family when it comes to planning ahead, is executing a comprehensive estate plan for when you become incapacitated or pass away. This ensures that your family need not stress about decisions regarding your assets, as you have already made such decisions for them.
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Monday, January 13, 2020

Top 12 Scams Targeting Seniors


Elderly individuals are common targets for scammers seeking to steal money and property from unsuspecting victims. Some scams targeting seniors have been around for years, but it seems that new scams are invented each year that target seniors in particular. Our Read more . . .


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Understanding the SECURE Act


The SECURE Act was part of the spending bill President Trump signed on December 20, 2019. Proponents have praised the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act as giving individuals the ability to plan more effectively for their retirement. Contacting your California elder law attorney to discuss your current estate plan is advised because some of the provisions of the SECURE Act could impact your current estate and retirement plans.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Balancing Elderly Driving Rights with Family Safety


Taking away the keys from an elderly family member is a difficult decision. Driving a vehicle gives a senior adult a sense of independence. When family members decide it is time for a senior adult to stop driving, they are taking away that person’s independence. The person must rely completely on other individuals to run errands or take the senior where he or she needs or wants to go. A Read more . . .


Thursday, December 12, 2019

What Are the Criteria for Admission to a Nursing Home?


When a person can no longer care for him or herself, the person may need long-term skilled nursing care. Nursing homes provide skilled round-the-clock care for individuals of all ages. Paying for nursing home care can be expensive. A Read more . . .


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