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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 . . .


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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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 . . .


Monday, November 18, 2019

Estate-Planning for the Elderly: Choosing an Executor


Estate planning for the elderly involves many decisions. One important decision elderly individuals make when developing an estate plan is the choice of an executor for their estate. An executor has the task of administering a person’s estate. Choosing the right individual for this task is essential to reduce family conflict and ensure that the person’s final wishes are carried out. Our Read more . . .


Friday, October 4, 2019

Do You Have These Five End-of-Life Documents?


Discussing issues related to end-of-life health care, personal care, and property protection can be emotional and stressful. However, conversations related to these issues are necessary to protect the individual and the family. Without certain end-of-life documents, the state or the courts may step in to make personal decisions for you and your family members. A Read more . . .


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Are You at Risk for Needing Long-term Care?


Planning for retirement can be tricky. It is impossible to know the future; therefore, you cannot know for sure if you or your spouse may need long-term care. While there are a few factors that might give you an indication of whether you might be at risk of needing long-term care, you are taking a gamble if you assume you will not need nursing home care or other long-term care. A Read more . . .


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Will Medicaid Cover My Nursing Home Expenses?


Nursing homes can be expensive, causing a lot of people to forgo the expense. What many people do not know is that there could be another option: Medicaid.
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