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Resources and tools help family caregivers.

By Michael Fowler Esquire

Are you worried about how long you will be able to survive meeting all the demands placed upon you?

Are you worried about whether or not you are providing a safe environment for your loved one?

Are you worried about running out of money, losing your home, any semblance of financial security?

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The most important estate planning document for seniors

By Michael Fowler Esquire

In my estimation, the single most important estate planning document for a senior is a durable power of attorney. The reason that I’m saying a power of attorney is most important is because the availability of one can be critical in being able to implement long-term care planning strategies in the event of the mental incapacity of the senior…

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Resources for Family Caregivers: Part II

By Michael Fowler

Almost uniformly, the caregiver is totally committed to fulfilling that desire, and, in some cases has made a promise to the patient. But as the needs of the patient increase with the progression of disease and infirmity, the ability of the caregiver to meet those needs is oftentimes inadequate.

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Resources for Family Caregivers: Part III

By Michael Fowler

My first article in this series addressed itself to legal and financial resources available to family caregivers to be able to sustain the highest quality of life for the patient for the longest possible period of time.

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Revocable Living Trusts: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

By Michael Fowler Esquire

There is an abundance of advertising in the media about using the revocable living trust (hereinafter referred to as RLT) to avoid probate. I think that much of it, intentionally or not, does not give a complete picture of the usefulness and applicability of this technique. Therefore, I thought it might be helpful to the public to write this article discussing the advantages and disadvantages of this particular estate planning technique.

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Are “I Love You” Wills the Best Option?

By Michael Fowler Esquire

An “I love you will” is a relatively simple will which says: “I love you, darling, and I leave my entire estate to you.” The reason that this may not be a good idea for your Valentine and especially those elderly Valentines, it becomes more apparent when one understands the basics of long-term care planning.

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Determining incapacity for guardianship explained

By Michael Fowler Esquire

The procedure to have someone determined to be incapacitated and incapable of handling their own affairs is complex, expensive and potentially counterproductive and should, therefore, not be undertaken without considerable advice of counsel to determine whether or not there is a less traumatic alternative.

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Improved Wartime Pension: Tax free income for qualified veterans

By Michael Fowler Esquire

The availability of monthly cash assistance to veterans whose unreimbursed medical expenses are depleting their income is a little-known and often misunderstood benefit. The benefit we are referring to here is not disability compensation which is paid by the VA to veterans with a service related disability.

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Recent Developments – Improved Wartime Pension: qualified veterans

By Michael Fowler Esquire

This veteran’s benefit, often referred to as low-income, low-asset, improved wartime pension,can provide monthly cash assistance to veterans whose unreimbursed medical expenses are depleting their income.

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By Michael Fowler Esquire

Prior to retaining assistance with long-term care planning issues, including qualifying for VA or Medicaid benefts to help pay for long-term home care, assisted living or skilled nursing care, you may want to consider the following:

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Estate, Trust & Elder Law Firm Now Providing In-House Continuing Education Credits (CEU)

By DLF Media

The Estate, Trust and Elder Law Firm recently announced free educational “Cupcake Breaks” to local senior health care employees. Many senior health care businesses have been requesting local continuing educational credits (CEU) and The Estate Trust & Elder Law Firm has the state authority to provide them.

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