Tidying Up

By Attorney Susan I. Jean on December 7, 2018

Assisting Former Military Members with their Cost of Long Term Care

*Please read, and forward to a veteran or a veteran’s widow(ers). The rules for the Aid and Attendance benefit program have changed, and are more generous in many ways.* On this Veterans Day we recognize the contributions, pride and suffering, of our military members and their families. My husband is retired Air Force, and we have other folks with spouses …

Who Should I Pick as My Executor?

Choosing the person who will be your executor is an important decision. You want to make sure that you pick someone who is trustworthy, conscientious, and hardworking. What does an Executor do? After you die, your executor will perform a number of services, (http://www.courts.state.va.us/courts/circuit/resources/coa/home.html) including: Collecting and safekeeping your assets Preparing an inventory Collecting income Paying your debts and expenses …

How Does a Pet Trust Work?

My daughters will swear that our dog, Maggie, actually raised them.  I still have pictures of them rolling Maggie around in a baby buggy; poor Maggie!  For many of us, our pets are family.  In fact, in the United States, there are four pets for every child.  For many people, a key concern is how their pets will be cared …

Caregiver Burnout? There is Help!

In my practice, I counsel caregiver spouses and caregiver children; people who are caring for loved ones with dementia.  One fact has become obvious to me:  Caregivers do the very best they can.   Most embrace the caregiving challenge.  Someone they love needs them and they want to help.  Along with that embrace, caregivers go through moments of sheer frustration. …

Why Should You Consult an Elder Law Attorney about Eligibility for Long Term Care Medicaid or Aid & Attendance Benefits?

Many people are reluctant to consult attorneys for long term care planning because: the cost of consulting with an attorney is seen as significant. qualifying for long term care benefits is seen as a non-legal matter that should be straight-forward and not require legal assistance. care facilities may offer to prepare benefits applications for residents for no charge. they have …