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Category Archives: Elder Law

When Assisted Living May Not Be Enough

By Andre O. McDonald |

Jane’s father Jerry decided, on his own, that it was time to move into an assisted living facility. Jerry’s arthritis had worsened to the point where he couldn’t dress himself, he struggled to get in and out of the shower, and he was lonely living by himself. Jerry did very well at his new… Read More »

The benefits, costs and requirements of a continuing care retirement community

What is a Continuing Care Retirement Community?

By Andre O. McDonald |

There are three distinct living phases associated with a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). The first is independent living when a resident enters into the community with few if any disabilities requiring limited assistance. In this phase of independent living, community residents typically take advantage of the broad range of social, physical, and intellectual… Read More »

What you must know about estate planning for seniors

4 Key Things to Know About Estate Planning for Seniors

By Andre O. McDonald |

When it comes to establishing wills and estate plans, older Americans outpace their younger counterparts. Still, a significant number — 19 percent of those over age 72 and 42 percent of those between 53 and 71, according to survey data — lack any type of estate plan. Although estate planning for seniors can seem daunting, and even… Read More »

gift vs loan vs advance: what's the difference?

Gift vs Loan vs Advancement: Why the Classification Matters

By Andre O. McDonald |

While we all want to provide financial help to our loved ones—whether they are family or close friends—it is important to understand that how the money is classified will directly affect your estate planning. Accordingly, the intent behind the transfer of the money is key when determining if it will be considered a gift… Read More »

So, what does an elder law attorney do?

What Does an Elder Law Attorney Do?

By Andre O. McDonald |

According to the US Census Bureau, more than 51 million Americans are currently aged 65 or older, and the number is steadily increasing while medical and technological advancements are allowing seniors to live longer and better lives than ever before. The expanding needs of the US aging population are contributing to an increase in… Read More »

What's the difference between elder law and estate planning?

Elder Law vs. Estate Planning: What’s the Difference?

By Andre O. McDonald |

The short answer: Both estate planning and elder law share similar concerns. The longer answer? The differences make all the difference.   Elder Law vs. Estate Planning: The Concerns are Similar   No matter what age we’re, life can deliver some hard knocks. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. We can… Read More »

how to preserve quality of life through end of life planning

End of Life Planning Challenges: Preserving Quality of Life

By Andre O. McDonald |

As a lawyer, I am a firm believer in end of life planning. I prepare powers-of-attorney documents (Healthcare Powers of Attorney and Living Wills) so that when my clients can no longer act for themselves, the documents will convey on other trusted people the authority to act on my clients’ behalf. But when it… Read More »

The truth about how to protect assets in a second marriage.

How to Protect Assets in a Second Marriage (The Right Way)

By Andre O. McDonald |

When people marry for the second time (or more), losing assets to pay for their new spouse’s serious illness is probably the last thing on their minds when they say “I do.” But that could happen. Current costs for long-term care facilities can run between $70,000 – $150,000 annually. Studies show that 70% of… Read More »

The truth about the Medicaid penalty for gifts

How to Avoid the Medicaid Penalty for Gifts

By Andre O. McDonald |

Michelle’s children were concerned that Michelle would need long-term nursing-home care in the near future. It was the holidays, and Michelle always got a lot of joy out of generosity. But her children also worried that her generosity could hurt her in the long run, because they had heard that people in Michelle’s circumstances… Read More »

Challenges for the Sandwich Generation

The Stress of Caregiving for the Sandwich Generation

By Andre O. McDonald |

Dorothy Miller, a social worker, first created the term “sandwich generation” in 1981. A Journalist, Carol Abaya, continued to study and add to what the term means. In 2006, Miriam Webster included the term, sandwich generation, in the dictionary for the first time. The sandwich generation is defined as a generation of people who… Read More »

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