Articles on "Elder Law"

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 […]

March 20, 2008 12:00 am

Keeping Her Parents Together

Sharon M., like many adult children, was concerned about her parents remaining together in the family home, since they were already having considerable difficulty managing without assistance. After hearing about the new area of elder law called ‘life care planning’ from a family friend, the Ellicott City resident recently contacted LifeCare Advisors at the Law Office of Larry A. Blosser, P.A. She believed her parents would qualify as candidates since her father, Edward, was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and […]

Elder Law: A Shoulder to Lean On
December 31, 2007 12:00 am

Elder Law: A Shoulder to Lean On

Linda Loope’s hard working mother, Hilda, never wanted anyone to worry about her. Born in Montgomery County, Hilda grew up during the Depression, during which her family often changed locations. Throughout her husband’s 42 years with the Norfolk and Western Railroad, their family experienced setbacks with company layoffs and strikes, leading Hilda to work part time in retail customer service to help with finances. When her husband passed away in 1973, she worked even harder to support her two children. […]

September 11, 2007 12:00 am

Elder Law: Keeping Loved Ones Together

Orien Shives was starting to feel the pressure of seeing that his mother Mary and stepfather Edgar were taken care of in their later years. The two met shortly after Mary’s first husband died in 1965. She was working at a sewing factory in Hancock, Maryland, and he was a railroad worker. With the five children from her initial marriage, they have 15 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When Mary was taken to the hospital, a family friend from church visited them […]

February 27, 2006 12:00 am

How To Prepare Legal Documents For Seniors

The preparation of living wills, powers of attorney, and health care proxies is extremely important for everyone over the age of 18. Dying may not be an issue any of us wants to think about. However, if you have been through one of these cases, you cannot deny the importance of those around you having specific direction on your decisions. Advance directives (living wills, powers of attorneys, and health care proxies) are legal documents that express an individual’s wishes with […]

Finding a New Community Spirit: Continuing Care Communities
December 16, 2005 12:00 am

Finding a New Community Spirit: Continuing Care Communities

Take away the mosquito netting and the tall, iron bunk buds. Add a magnificent dining room and spacious apartments. Keep the friendly staff and the excited participants. Transforming the summer camp of youth into the retirement community of today is just that simple, according to Judy Borie, a lifelong Girl Scout and current continuing care retirement community (CCRC) resident. “Many parallels exist between life in a retirement community and life at a summer camp,” says Mrs. Borie. She continues, “Obviously, […]

August 31, 2005 12:00 am

How To Find an Elder Law Attorney

Since living decisions are becoming increasingly complex, seniors often find themselves searching for someone who can cater to their specific legal needs. An elder law attorney is an individual who specializes in areas of the law that are particularly relevant to senior citizens and their family members. Elder law attorneys generally focus their practices in a few of the following areas: estate planning, long-term care planning, social security, public and private pensions, Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap insurance, long-term care insurance, age […]

December 21, 2004 12:00 am

Personal, Professional Guidance

Donald Frank retired from his position as a Towson University professor in order to care for his dying wife. Three years later, he found himself widowed and overwhelmed with maintaining his house in Baltimore and his winter rental property in Barbados, all while grocery shopping and keeping healthcare appointments. Mr. Frank began to consider a move to simplify his life. The decision-making process was made considerably easier by his son, Jason Frank, an elder law attorney with Frank, Frank & […]

September 8, 2004 12:00 am

How To Retain Control as You Age

One of the founding fathers of our country, Benjamin Franklin, said “Never leave that ’til tomorrow which you can do today.” Great advice. We often follow it at work. We often follow it at home. We even try to follow it when it comes to our financial planning. But when it comes to planning for the final stage of our lives we often run screaming and hiding our heads in the sand. Why? One reason is that much of American […]