Articles on "Elder Law"

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


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 […]

Alzheimer’s Care and Elder Law: Finding Support and Guidance
September 3, 2010 3:21 pm

Alzheimer’s Care and Elder Law: Finding Support and Guidance

“I always thought of us as relatively young and in good health,” said Betty Strubel of herself and her husband of 26 years, Jim. It was eight years ago, however, when Betty received the news that Jim had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. “It came on like I am sure it does for other people, very subtly, and it was really hard to define what was happening,” she said. Shocked and traumatized by the diagnosis, Betty also experienced feelings […]

A Team Approach to Elder Care
September 3, 2010 2:47 pm

A Team Approach to Elder Care

“If I had to do it all over, I wouldn’t change a thing,” says Mary Quigley in reference to the unique journey she took caring for her mother and brother over the past several years. While her brother Charlie passed away almost two years ago, her journey of navigating a complex maze of legal and financial matters is not quite over. A family of caregivers Mary’s mom, Mary Giron, was a dedicated caregiver to Charlie. Charlie was disabled, and had […]

April 2, 2010 10:27 am

Senior Living: Decide if You Need a Will

A will is one of the most important documents you can create in your lifetime. Think of a will as the financial blueprint of the distribution of your assets after your death. Your will clearly states who will inherit your assets, when they will inherit your assets, and any conditions that must be met for them to receive your assets. If you die without a valid will, the court does not have your financial blueprint to follow. Therefore, it has […]