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My Loved One Wants to Stay at Home, but I’m Not Sure They Should- PART I
Discussion on determining whether or not it is safe for your parent(s) to continue to live at home.
To Take The Keys - Part 2
In an earlier blog, we started talking about the decision to not drive or the decision to not allow someone to drive. So let us dig into the signs of poor driving abilities a bit farther
To Take the Keys or NOT to Take the Keys: That is the Question
According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are 41 Million licensed drivers age 65 and older on the roads, up from 26 Million, 20 years ago. For most of us, driving is the way we are able to maneuver through our days with ease and with independence. As we age, our hearing and eyesight diminish, our muscles weaken, our reflexes slow, and our attention span shortens. The question often arises for many of our clients to “When is it time to hang up the keys?” Nobody wants to be that person that tells their loved one that they have to give up their driving privileges. However, depending on the severity of the impairments, it may mean the difference between life and death. Not just for your loved ones but also for the other drivers on the road.
A Loved One Needs Long-Term Care: What to Expect When You’re Expecting- Part 2
We ended last time in the middle of the “What do we do now?” question for a family whose loved one is in need of long-term care (LTC). I’d like to continue that discussion below with some more information we typically provide to our clients, but first, I want to reiterate one thing as just yesterday I ran into the same issue with a client in a nursing facility: The Long-Term Care/Skilled Nursing facility is not going to push your loved one out the door.
A Loved One Needs Long-Term Care: What to Expect - Part 1
(Part 1 in a Series) In this inaugural post, I decided to borrow this aptly used title from the infamous book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel. Originally published in 1984, the book offers advice to soon-to-be first-time parents on, you guessed it, what they can expect when they’re expecting the birth of their first child. I think it makes for a fitting sub-title here because while all of this planning is done for the beginning of our children’s lives, we rarely have the same kinds of plans in place for our own parents or other loved ones as they, and we, approach the latter stages of our lives. So, our goal in these posts is to provide a little insight based on our experience and the time we’ve spent both assisting and observing families as they navigate through the unfamiliar and oftentimes confusing world of long-term-care. If you have any questions, feel free to respond to the posts or reach out to our office directly. We are here to help.
Will vs Trust
Most of us have heard the legal terms "will" and "trust", but not everyone knows the differences between the two. Both are useful estate planning devices that serve different purposes. Both can also work together to create a complete estate plan.
Things to Consider About Long-Term Care
Since we truly do not have a crystal ball, we cannot see into the future to determine if you will need long-term care. You may never need it, but an unexpected accident, illness, or injury can change your needs, sometimes suddenly. The best time to think about long-term care is before you need it.
The Benefits of Estate Planning
Estate planning may not always be the happiest topic, but it can have good benefits for the future of your family if something should happen. Beginning your estate planning can also be intimidating, but Woods Law Office can help you create the best plan for you and your family. This article explains why you really shouldn’t wait to begin estate planning.
What Does An Elder Law Attorney Do?
Elder law attorneys handle many different legal matters that affect our older or disabled loved ones.
Call The Woods Law Office When You Need an Estate Law Attorney
Estate law attorneys are responsible for handling an individual’s accumulated assets after they pass away. These professionals ensure that family members adhere to last requests and wishes and that all items in wills are carried out legally and correctly. At The Woods Law Office, we pride ourselves on the fact that we are the leading elder law attorneys in Southeast Michigan, and we can expertly handle your estate planning needs.
Holiday Travel Tips for Seniors from the Senior Law Experts at The Woods Law Office
At The Woods Law Office, we specialize in senior law, elder crisis management, asset protection, estate planning, veterans benefits, and Michigan Nursing Home Medicaid eligibility. We also offer information and advice for elderly Michigan residents and their families. For example, because holiday travel season is drawing near, we have a few safety tips for senior travelers.
Woods Law Office Celebrates Caregiver Appreciation Day
Woods Law Office can help with power of attorney issues, elder estate planning, Medicaid planning, and more. We can assist families in ensuring that elderly family members receive the best care, protection, and planning for the future.
Estate Planning Tips for Seniors and their Families
The caring and accredited elder law attorneys at Woods Law Office can guide you through the estate planning process. We can expertly answer your questions and address your family’s concerns while thoroughly discussing your options.
An Elder Abuse Attorney Can Help You Protect Your Aging Loved Ones
If suspect that an elderly person in your life has experienced mistreatment, you can speak up on their behalf with the help of an experienced elder abuse attorney from Woods Law Office.
A Question for an Elder Care Lawyer: Should Family Members Receive Compensation as Caregivers?
When it comes to senior family members, don’t leave anything to chance. Make sure that their rights – and yours – are protected by hiring the leading elder law firm in Michigan.
Infinity Yacht Cruise Event Sponsored by Woods Elder Law
The Woods Law Office will be sponsoring the Infinity Yacht Cruise event benefiting the Alzheimer Association. This event will take place in Lake St. Clair, June 21st at 5:45 pm. To buy your tickets go to www.eventbrite.com
The Aid and Attendance Veteran Benefit
Veterans in the United States are eligible for a variety of programs and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The eligibility for veteran benefits is commonly based upon their discharge from active military service. Veteran benefits might not apply for veterans who had a dishonorable discharge.
DPOAs…When and How to Activate them
Listen and learn about what to do when the home is no longer safe and Assisted Living or Memory Care is needed. Thursday, February 22nd at 5:30 pm
Successful Estate Planning
Elder Care Attorneys often hear their clients say: “I would rather give our estate to a charity than to have our children fight over it”.
Projected: 2016 Veterans Pension Benefit Rates
COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) has been Slotted to Remain the Same for 2016; How does this affect Veterans Pension Benefits?