Articles on "Elder Law"

Understand Estate Planning and Probate Elder Law Attorneys Can Help
November 17, 2014 5:43 pm

Understand Estate Planning and Probate Elder Law Attorneys Can Help

Estate planning means much more than preparing a Last Will and Testament or tax planning for the disposition of your assets upon your death. Estate planning is the process of accumulating and disposing of an estate to maximize the goals of the estate owner. Th­e goals of estate planning typically include making sure the greatest amount of the estate passes to intended beneficiaries, often including paying the least amount of taxes. Estate planning must also provide for administration and protection of […]

Protect Your Assets–Elect Non-crisis Planning for you or your Loved One
October 20, 2014 3:02 pm

Protect Your Assets–Elect Non-crisis Planning for you or your Loved One

by Susan Piette Are you getting older? Are your parents? Do you and/or they have a plan? Consider Joe and Helen. They met just after he was discharged from the Army. They married, raised two boys and a girl, worked hard their entire lives, retired with a nice nest egg of funds, and looked forward to time with their daughter’s children who lived a few hours away. Their first son lived out of state, had a well-paying job and was […]

Prepare Legal Documents–Advance Directives that Put your Affairs in Order
October 20, 2014 2:00 pm

Prepare Legal Documents–Advance Directives that Put your Affairs in Order

Advance directives (living wills, powers of attorneys, and health care proxies) are legal documents that express an individual’s wishes with regard to medical decisions. They are intended to provide direction to a designated “agent” to speak on behalf of a person who is unable to speak for himself due to a physical or cognitive injury. Finding an Agent An agent under an advance directive has legal authority to make any decisions and take any actions for the individual who appointed […]

Elder Law Changes
April 29, 2014 9:40 pm

Elder Law Changes

know the laws and the numbers Beginning in 2014, there were some changes to a variety of laws that may interest elders and their loved ones. The following updated laws are particularly relevant for seniors and their families who are attempting to plan for the future. Gift and Estate Taxes: The annual gift tax exclusion continues at $14,000. This means a wealthy relative can give away gifts totaling $14,000 per year, per individual, and the benefactor will not incur a […]

Power of Attorney–An Important Document for You
November 6, 2013 4:31 pm

Power of Attorney–An Important Document for You

By E. Garrett Gummer, III, Esquire (CELA) While your will lets you appoint the person, your executor, who will be responsible for the disposition of your assets after death, a durable power of attorney lets you appoint the person, your agent, who will manage your financial and medical affairs if you become disabled or incapacitated during your life. You can give your agent many powers, including, but not limited to, the power to pay bills, make gifts, make bank deposits, […]

July 22, 2013 2:41 pm

FILIAL SUPPORT ACT

By E. Garrett Gummer, III, Esquire (CELA)  The Pennsylvania Filial Support Act permits an indigent person or any agency involved in the care of the indigent person, such as a nursing home, to make a claim against you for their care and for financial assistance if you are the spouse, the child, or the parent of the indigent person. The amount of your liability will be determined by the court. A petition for relief under the Act can be filed […]

November 5, 2012 9:14 pm

People on the Move – Evan H. Farr

Certified Elder Law Attorney Evan H. Farr of The Law Firm of Evan H. Farr, P.C. , an Elder Law and Estate Planning firm based in Fairfax, was recently honored as one of 2012’s “Leaders in the Law” – an annual award presented by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. The “Leaders in the Law” award honors those within the legal community who are working to better the legal profession through mentoring and involvement within their community, as well as going above and beyond […]

October 3, 2012 7:50 pm

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Celebrates National Special Needs Law Month

Elder and Special Needs Law Attorneys Across the Country Educate People with Disabilities and Their Families on Legal Options This October The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), a professional association of attorneys dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to older Americans and individuals with special needs, established October as National Special Needs Law Month as a way to educate people with disabilities and their families about their legal options in dealing with durable powers of […]

January 24, 2012 8:20 pm

People on the Move – Sheri R. Abrams

Sheri R. Abrams has been named a partner in the Falls Church Virginia Law Firm of Needham Mitnick & Pollack.  Ms. Abrams joined Needham Mitnick & Pollack in January 2010 as “of counsel” after practicing law as a solo practitioner for 16 years.  Ms. Abrams’ practice focuses on Social Security Disability Law and her book, “Don’t Gamble with Your Social Security Disability Benefits,” was published in 2010.  Ms. Abrams graduated Cum Laude from Boston University’s School of Management with a […]

Finding a New Family with Senior Care Experts
February 17, 2011 11:40 am

Finding a New Family with Senior Care Experts

Families are there for each other to celebrate the good times and help each other through the challenging times. Elizabeth Dusa had spent a lifetime caring for her son, but when her health began to turn, he became her loyal and compassionate caregiver in return. Unfortunately, he passed away suddenly, leaving Elizabeth alone with no remaining family or support. Elizabeth grew up in Pennsylvania and is of Hungarian descent. When her son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, she was urged […]