If Not Now, When? New Legislation Simplifies Estate Planning in the Time of Coronavirus

New Jersey Governor Murphy has just made it easier to complete your estate planning during this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many law firms, like ours, are offering Zoom meetings and phone consultations to comply with the social distancing measures. We email and mail documents to our clients. However, the one remaining obstacle was how to get…

Preparing for Illness in the COVID-19 World

My symptoms for the suspected COVID-19 illness began three weeks ago with a fever, fatigue, nausea, and a loss of my sense of smell and taste. While I was one of the extremely fortunate patients who ultimately did not struggle with shortness of breath, the fear that I could become short of breath at any…

Control What You Can – Document Your Wishes

Did you know that 92% of Americans believe it is important to discuss their end-of-life wishes with their loved ones? Yet, how many have done so? Only 32%. End-of-Life Planning Right now, so many things are out of our control. However, there are some things we can control. We can make sure that if we…

COVID-19’s Impact Multiplies for Seniors and Vulnerable Adults

Every hour another complication of the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to emerge, many of which seem to fall most heavily on individuals with disabilities and seniors. Obviously, the risk of illness is greatest for the elderly and other people with underlying health illnesses. The death rate for nursing home residents is staggering. This has resulted in…

Should I Create a Special Needs Trust for My Disabled Child? [VIDEO]

Shana Siegel, Chair of the Norris McLaughlin Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, answers your questions in Peace of Mind, a video blog production series from the Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group at Norris McLaughlin, P.A. This video addresses parents concerned with the need for special needs trust for children with disabilities. Hi,…

Protect Your Spouse and Children by Updating Your Estate Plan

Imagine you get married and within a year or two, your new spouse passes away. Now, imagine that your grief is compounded with financial stress. That situation recently occurred for two of our clients. In both cases, the deceased spouse had not updated their estate plan and in both cases, this proved devastating for the surviving…

Is It Too Late to Protect My Assets If I Need a Facility Now? [VIDEO]

Shana Siegel, Chair of the Norris McLaughlin Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, answers your questions in Peace of Mind, a video blog production series from the Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group at Norris McLaughlin, P.A.» Read More The post Is It Too Late to Protect My Assets If I Need…

What Should I Do If My Loved One’s Nursing Home Bans Visitors Due to Coronavirus?

Seniors and nursing home residents are at particular risk from the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Current estimates are that the death rate is likely to be at least 15% and perhaps substantially higher for this population. Many area nursing homes have decided to prohibit all visitors out of “an abundance of caution.” American Health Care Association Recommendations…

An Example of How Your Role as the Geriatric Social Worker Impacts Clients in Our Elder Care Law Group [VIDEO]

The Norris McLaughlin Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group answers your questions. In this video, our geriatric social worker, Lori Kayne, addresses how her role as the geriatric social worker with the Norris McLaughlin elder care law team has impacted clients by giving us a real-world example. Hi, I’m Lori Kane. I am…

Steps That Seniors and Individuals With Serious Health Issues Should Do Now to Prepare for Possible Coronavirus Outbreak

As the Life Care Center of Kirkland in the Seattle area has emerged as the first nursing home in the country to report residents infected with the Coronavirus, senior living and health facilities are bracing for the impact of the virus. Facilities around the country are dusting off emergency plans as they face the possibilities…

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