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Blogs > Elder Care and Special Needs Law Blog Last week I saw a new client who was seeking to be appointed as administrator of her friend’s estate, motivated by the fact that her friend had no family. She had died unexpectedly and my client had called the police after trying repeatedly to reach her…

The Most Expensive Lesson on Password Management

Blogs > Elder Care and Special Needs Law Blog Cryptocurrency executive Gerald Cotten died recently at the age of 30. His death provides a sad lesson about the importance of thoughtful estate planning. Although Cotten apparently executed a Will shortly before his death, he did not share his digital wallet password. In his case, this…

Evaluate Your Medicare Options While You Still Can

Blogs > Elder Care and Special Needs Law Blog Enrollment in Medicare Advantage Plans continues to climb. These managed care plans, otherwise known as Medicare Part C, offer many advantages for healthier seniors. They have minimal co-pays and deductibles, and generally, cover services that traditional Medicare does not. However, Medicare Advantage plans are run by…

Should I Help My Aging Parents Manage Their Investments?

As Americans live longer and their portfolios grow for extended periods of time, their adult children should be watching carefully—but how closely? That’s the question posed by the article “How to Help Aging Parents Manage Portfolios,” from U.S. News & World Report. There is no one answer, and it is a delicate situation. It is…

Boomers Come Up Against One Thing They Can’t Push Back On: Aging

Boomers have always been proud of how they redefined many aspects of American culture. However, there’s one thing they can’t change: the inevitability of aging and death. A recent study from the Stanford Center on Longevity, says that workers approaching retirement will either need to work past age 65, reduce their standard of living or…

Medicare Open Enrollment Ends December 7-Don’t Miss Out

My elder care coordinator, Lori Kayne, and I recently went to see new clients.  A charming couple, 88 and 91 years old, they both struggled with substantial health issues. Yet, they were still in a Medicare Advantage Plan. These managed care plans, otherwise known as Medicare Part C,   offer many advantages for healthier seniors. They…

What if a Hostile Family Member Wants to Become Your Guardian?

Family conflict can become exacerbated when a parent ages.  Children who have disagreed or fought with their parents now threaten to take control of their assets.  Sometimes the parent knows that if one child gets this power they will not act in the parent’s best interest.  How can you protect yourself? The most important step…

Singles Need to Plan Differently for Retirement

When you live alone, you need to plan for retirement differently than someone who is married or has a life-partner.  Those with a partner can, in most instances, rely on their partner to help out with expenses and be a caregiver, if they should become ill.  However, when you are single, especially if you do…

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