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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Protect Your Adult Child With These Critical Steps

How can I continue to assist my child once he or she turns 18?

No matter how old our children get, we will always be parents.  As such, we will always strive to protect them.  If your child is approaching the age of 18, there are steps you can take to ensure you are in the position to protect your adult child should he or she become seriously ill.   Our Birmingham, Alabama elder law lawyers discuss three vital steps you can take if your child will soon become a legal adult.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Protecting Your Parents From Predatory Housing Schemes

Elder financial abuse is a growing problem. Predatory housing schemes are a common form of financial exploitation against older Americans. One of the best steps you can take in Read more . . .

Monday, July 24, 2017

Qualifying for Medicaid

Here is an excellent article on the process that families have to face when considering a Medicaid application:




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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Elder Abuse Prevention Toolkit!



Here is the toolkit that Alabama's DHR has on their website. Very useful information!

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Managing Your Money as You Age

What steps can I take to improve my financial management skills as I grow older?

As you age, your financial capacity or ability to manage your own finances could decline.  Managing your finances is a complex task that requires much more than paying bills.  To effectively manage your funds, you need to understand how to read a brokerage statement, weigh investment risks, and prepare for long-term expenses.  Declining financial capabilities may leave you vulnerable to financial abuse and could drain your hard-earned assets.  


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Identifying Elder Abuse and Neglect

What are the signs of elder abuse?

Recently, three nursing home employees were arrested for neglecting an elderly patient.  A grand jury issued indictments against the three women after horrific evidence emerged that the employees failed to check on a resident overnight then lied about it.  When staff finally checked on the bedridden resident, they discovered she had suffered 100 ant bites during the 11 hours that she was left alone by the negligent staff.   

Sadly, this Alabama case is far from isolated.  Thousands of incidences of elder abuse occur each year, and the rate of elder abuse appears to be on the rise.
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Protecting Your Assets from Nursing Home Costs

What estate planning tools will help me to preserve my assets if I need to enter a nursing home?

An unfortunate aspect of aging is considering the possibility that you may not be able to live independently forever.  Nursing homes provide quality care for elderly individuals that suffer from a disability, physical illness, or cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer’s disease, that prevents them from living on their own.  Over 1.3 million Americans are currently residing in nursing home care and close to half of all elderly individuals will require long-term care at some point in their lives.  

Nursing home costs have skyrocketed, and few families in Alabama can afford to pay for long-term care out of pocket.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

"Can I keep my mink coat and jewelry (or tools and guns) if I go to the nursing home?"

Many people worry that they will lose their possessions if they have to move to the nursing home. They fear that the nursing home will take everything, their house included! Let's set the record straight.


If you have to move to the nursing home, the nursing home is worried about one thing only. They worry about being paid on time. No nursing home that I am aware of is in the pawn-shop business or the barter business.
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Things We Take for Granted....

Today in 1883 time changed forever at High Noon.

On that day, the concept of time zones was implemented. Because of the need for accurate time measurement between cities, and the fact that with railroads now crossing vast expanses of space fairly quickly, keeping accurate track of time became necessary for the first "time" in history. Up until then, each town measured their own local time usually based on "high Noon", when the sun was at it's peak. From this date in 1883 onward though, everything changed.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Did You Know....

Did you know that the National Highway Transportation Safety Commission has data that shows that many more deaths occur during the holidays than the rest of the year combined? From right before Thanksgiving until the Super Bowl, people are traveling more. People are drinking more. People are driving more. People are more distracted. All this means that you stand a statistically greater chance of injury or death if you drive during the holidays.
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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Financial Advisers in Alabama Must Report Suspected Elder Financial Abuse

What constitutes financial abuse in Alabama?

Alabama is one of several states that has passed legislation requiring financial advisers to alert the state of suspected instances of financial abuse of the elderly.  Mandatory elder financial abuse reporting laws went into effect in Alabama, Indiana, and Vermont this past summer, while Louisiana’s similar law will take effect in January.  In addition to mandatory reporting in cases involving individuals over the age of 65, Alabama’s law also allows financial advisers to stop disbursement of funds from client’s accounts and provides advisers with immunity from civil liability.

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