Over your lifetime, you have worked hard and saved wisely in an effort to build up a retirement nest egg. To ensure that you have sufficient assets to live comfortably during your retirement years, and even have some left over to pass down to loved ones, you must also be vigilant about protecting the nest egg you have accumulated. One threat to your assets that you may not have considered is the high cost of nursing home care. The North Andover asset protection attorneys at DeBruyckere Law … [Read more...] about Protecting Your Assets from the High Cost of Nursing Home Care
When it comes to your health, where you live may be much more important than you realize. Some cities have made a concerted effort to provide residents with a healthy place to live, while other cities still have a long way to go. A New Hampshire estate planning attorney at DeBruyckere Law Offices explains how your city ranks among the healthiest American cities. The WalletHub Study In order to find out how healthy American cities are, WalletHub compared more than 170 of the most … [Read more...] about Where Does Your City Rank among America’s Healthiest Cities?
One of the worst crimes one person can commit on another is stealing and when the victim is elderly and with dementia or some other form of Alzheimer’s disease, it’s especially disturbing. For one man in Philadelphia, PA, it could be that justice is about to catch up with him. For the rest of us, it's a reminder of the importance of powers of attorney. Antoine Turay, a funeral director, is being accused of stealing close to $300,000 not from a client of the funeral home, but rather, a … [Read more...] about Cautionary Tale of Dementia & Powers of Attorney
The holidays are supposed to be a time of goodwill and cheer – and for most of us they are. Unfortunately, this time of year is also when scam artists start trolling for victims. Anyone can fall victim to a talented fraudster; however, the elderly are at a heightened risk of being victimized for several reasons. Not only do they tend to have more disposable income, but they are also typically more trusting and less technologically adept, making them ideal targets for scammers. To help you avoid … [Read more...] about Holiday Scams and How to Avoid Becoming a Victim
Losing a family member or close loved one is typically a time filled with heightened emotions and a deep sense of grief. If you are currently going through such a time, the last thing you may want to think about is the practical or legal ramifications of your loss. There are, however, practical and legal aspects to a death that must be addressed. The most important of those is generally probating the decedent’s estate. If the decedent left behind a Last Will and Testament, the probate … [Read more...] about Do I Have the Right to Contest a Will in Massachusetts?
If you recently lost a loved one you are undoubtedly going through a grieving process that includes a number of heightened emotions. Not long after your loved one’s death, a Last Will and Testament may be submitted to the appropriate court to initiate the probate process. If you have reason to believe that the Will submitted for probate is not valid, you may be entitled to challenge the Will. In order to challenge the Will, you will need to know how to contest a Will in New Hampshire. Contesting … [Read more...] about How to Contest a Will in New Hampshire
As some point in your life you may be faced with the prospect of choosing a nursing home for a parent, or other elderly loved one. If that time is now, you are undoubtedly concerned about making the right choice. After all, you have likely heard more than your share of horror stories about residents of nursing homes who have been abused and neglected by the staff and caregivers at the facility. Sadly, elder abuse is a real, and growing, concern in the United States and you are certainly … [Read more...] about Tips for Choosing a Nursing Home
Estate planning is uncomfortable. It’s also very personal and should be as unique as you. While there are never two people whose needs are identical, an experienced estate planning lawyer can ensure every need for every client is met. Not only that, but when it comes right down to it, it's less about you and more about protecting loved ones and putting into place necessary mechanisms for your assets to pass to those you choose. Of course, retirement planning plays a role and that is indeed about … [Read more...] about The Documents that Create Your Estate Plan
Most of us have heard of mediation in divorce and sometimes even child custody cases, but what about elder care? Is there a place for mediation in elder care? You might be surprised. Mediation is being used to resolve conflicts with our elderly loved ones in a number of situations. It can be an effective way to find solutions between older people, their families and caregivers. There are a number of person-centered programs that specialize in the unique needs of families with elderly loved … [Read more...] about Mediation in Elder Care
For millions of seniors, there’s a major hike in their Medicare Part B premiums in 2016. The worst part is it’s preventable; however, getting Congress to agree on anything these days is challenging at best and impossible at its worst. In this way, Americans are joined: it’s an unacceptable increase to those who can least afford it. And it's a problem without a solution. As Congress continues to bicker, lay blame and threaten yet another government shutdown, families around the nation are … [Read more...] about Can the Medicare Part B Premium Hike be Halted?