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Can Your Loved Ones Live Independently?

Recently we posted to the Facebook page asking our subscribers what their biggest concern was with their elderly family members living independently. The responses we got took two basic forms: one was from the perspective of a caregiver, and one was from the perspective of the senior or loved one themselves. Both of them are […]

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Caregivers: You Need Balance

It’s been a couple of weeks without some fresh content. Sorry about that. There’ll be more where this comes from next week.   I saw a commercial not that long ago that talked about a squeaking fan in a warehouse. The voiceover explained that a bearing needed to be repaired, because it was causing the […]

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This May Shock You, But Seniors Pay High Taxes in NJ

I will admit this is not one of the most shocking headlines to find its way out of the media in the last week: New Jersey isn’t ‘tax friendly’ for retirees, study shows   In other news, nobody has built a shrine to Alex Rodriguez in Monument Park in Yankee Stadium, either. There’s an awfully […]

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NJ Medicaid Paying for Home Care? Not So Fast

I talk a lot about Medicaid in New Jersey. I could probably continue to talk about it for the rest of my natural born life, such are the complications and red tape that are involved in administering the program. The State has managed to take a program that thousands of seniors rely on and turn […]

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Parent Can’t Find Their Way Home? You Need an Elder Law Attorney

I came across this article in the news yesterday. It’s scary stuff. A man in northern New Jersey went missing on Wednesday, wandering out of his home. He was found, thank goodness, save and alive (if hungry and dehydrated) on Sunday. How could this happen?   People who have cognitive impairments like Alzheimer’s or other […]

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Special Needs Trusts for Children with Divorcing Parents

This is really important. The Supreme Court, for the first time, set forth guidelines under which special needs trusts set up in lieu of a child support award would be acceptable. Child support belongs by law to the child, and normally it would have the tendency to jeopardize governmental benefits. The new decision means that […]

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Convenience Store Wills, or “National Make a Will Month”

My wife told me that August is “National Make a Will Month” according to a DIY document preparation website I’m not going to name. How cute.   If you’re even a casual reader of my blog you have an idea how ridiculous it is to market estate planning documents to the casual consumer. They’re selling […]

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Why I Don’t Do Brain Surgery (or run a Home Health Agency)

I don’t have the schooling. I don’t have the hands for it. And squishy things make me squeamish. In short, I’m not qualified.┬áThen why is it that you’re letting someone care for your parent, spouse, or other loved one when their supervisor has no medical training or knowledge?   This is the danger of an […]

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Drafting Your Will to Avoid Lawsuits

Put this under “Why LegalZoom isn’t the right place to get your Will done.”   You can obviously pay much less doing a “do-it-yourself” Will than you will by having me do it. Often a client will ask me why they should pay me to do their documents when the internet offers many document preparation […]

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Caregivers: Who Can You Trust?

Trust is a hard thing to maintain when there’s a lot of money at stake. Health care in 2012 was a $2.8 TRILLION dollar industry. This means that 18 cents of every dollar spent in the entire country last year was on health care. Think about that the next time a home health agency, skilled […]

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