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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Clues Your Elderly Loved One Is Being Financially Abused


Millions of seniors get taken advantage of financially every year, bullied to hand over cash, and swindled out of their life savings. Tragically, in the vast majority of cases, the perpetrator is a relative, neighbor, friend, caretaker, or person in a position of trust. If you suspect that your elderly loved one is being financially abused, a Read more . . .


Monday, August 24, 2020

Should I Give Gifts During My Life or Leave Them in My Will?


California elder law attorneys are frequently asked, “Should I give gifts during my life or leave them in my will”? The answer, “It depends.”

If you have a modest estate and are relying on the bulk of it to live, gifting assets during your life might not be a good idea.
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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Do I Automatically Get Medicare When I Turn 65?


No, you do not automatically get Medicare when you turn 65. You have to apply for Medicare and meet the eligibility requirements. You can face financial penalties if you do not sign up for Medicare by the deadline. There are multiple parts to Medicare and many options available for coverage. A California elder law attorney can help you navigate through the application process and appeal denials of eligibility or coverage.
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Monday, July 27, 2020

Can I Visit my Aging Loved One During the Coronavirus Pandemic?


Caring for aging loved ones is a great responsibility, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. The CDC reports that people 65 and over are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, facing a 31-70% hospitalization rate after contracting the disease, and up to a 27% mortality rate.
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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Alternatives to Nursing Homes: Protecting Your Elderly Loved Ones During a Pandemic


COVID-19 poses a severe health risk to the general population, and our seniors are especially vulnerable. According to the CDC, 8 out of 10 deaths reported in the U.
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Monday, June 29, 2020

5 Qualities of a Great Elder Law Attorney


Whether you need someone to advise and assist you with your elder law questions or you need help for an aging loved one, a California elder attorney can help. If you need to find someone to guide you through the process, it can help to know the five qualities of a great elder law attorney.
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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Should My Aging Parents Add Me to Their Bank Accounts?


If you are thinking about getting added to your aging parents’ bank accounts, you should realize and understand the risks. It is not automatically an unwise decision to get added to your parents’ accounts, but sometimes people experience adverse outcomes they did not anticipate.

It might seem convenient to have a joint bank account if you help your parents manage their finances. You might be able to accomplish the same goals through less risky alternatives. A Read more . . .


Monday, April 20, 2020

When Caregivers Are Abused: Setting Boundaries with Your Aging Loved One


We often discuss elderly abuse and nursing home abuse. However, caregiver abuse is also a serious problem for many individuals and families throughout the country. Elderly or incapacitated family members abuse their caregivers physically, verbally, or emotionally. Caregivers may excuse the behavior as a side-effect or symptom of an illness or medication, but this is not always the case. Our Read more . . .


Thursday, April 16, 2020

Assisted Suicide in California: 7 Things Children of Aging Adults Need to Know


If you have an older loved one who has a terminal diagnosis, you might have concerns about your relative’s right to chooses Death with Dignity, also called physician-assisted suicide. A California elder law attorney can help you understand how California law applies to this sensitive situation.
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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 . . .


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