April 2019 Archives

Should you create a trust for your special needs grandchild?

Grandparents often have a special bond with their grandchildren. There is something magical about the love shared between a doting grandparent and their grandchild. As a grandparent, you may feel fiercely protective of your darling grandchildren. These protective instincts may be even stronger if you have a special needs grandchild.

Guardianship and possible hidden assets are central focus of case

An elderly man with a net worth of several million dollars was deemed incapacitated by a judge in another state in 2017. Since then, his girlfriend and her family have been battling against two people to whom the court granted guardianship. The situation has become increasingly heated, and the judge recently ordered the woman and her family to evacuate the estate owner's home. Georgia residents worried about similar elder law issues may want to follow this case.

Medicare versus Medicaid: Be sure you understand the difference

There are several government programs that serve elders in Georgia and beyond. Medicare and Medicaid are the two most people have at least heard of, if not know something about. However, there are a few key differences between these two program,s and it is critical that anyone incorporating either into a long-term care plan understand what each has to offer.

Changes in your family can mean changes to your power of attorney

People like to say that family is forever, but families do change over time. The relationship that you have with someone at one point in your life may be drastically different only a few decades later. How you feel about siblings, spouses, parents and cousins can change and evolve over the years.

How do most people pay for long-term care?

Many people in Georgia hesitate to discuss their own mortality. Just as many avoid thinking about the possibility that they might suffer an adverse health condition or life-threatening emergency that would prompt a need for long-term care. Regardless of whether people like to think about it, it can happen. That's why it is always a good idea to prepare for the unexpected as much as possible.

Who determines if a court-appointed guardian is needed?

Many Georgia residents are elderly and dependent upon adult sons, daughters or other loved ones to help them with their financial, medical and daily living needs. It is not uncommon for people beyond age 80 to move into assisted-living facilities. A court-appointed guardian may be necessary if an elderly man or woman becomes incapacitated and unable to make decisions on his or her own behalf.

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