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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 »

6 Steps to Planning for End-of-Life Wishes

6 Steps to Ensuring Your End-of-Life Wishes Are Met

By Andre O. McDonald |

Contemplating our own death is one of the hardest challenges we will ever have to face. Yet, if we want our dying to be meaningful and merciful, it is imperative that we think about it while we still can. Part of doing so involves thinking through our end-of-life wishes.   For most of us,… Read More »

The truth about ALS and healthcare power of attorney

Live and Learn: ALS and Healthcare Powers of Attorney

By Andre O. McDonald |

Strong healthcare powers of attorney are indeed powerful for a condition like Alzheimer’s. But it may come as a surprise to learn that a good “basic” advance-directive document needs considerable supplementation when it comes to a dreadful illness like ALS – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Ordinarily, if a patient becomes unable… 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 »

How technology is revolutionizing in-home care for veterans

How Technology is Changing In-Home Health Care for Veterans

By Andre O. McDonald |

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has become an unlikely and innovative pioneer in the quest to provide cost-effective, quality in-home care for veterans. Although the agency has long been mired in controversies surrounding its programs, particularly arbitrary caregiver dismissals, the home health services sector of the VA has long been touted as an… Read More »

Don't risk making these estate planning mistakes!

Don’t risk making these 11 costly estate planning mistakes!

By Andre O. McDonald |

Unfortunately, estate planning is often viewed as a “luxury” that is only necessary for the wealthy. In reality, a properly executed estate plan is an important financial document that everyone should have, regardless of how many assets they have to their name. That being said, even if you do have an estate plan, it’s… 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 »

Liability planning tips that every physician should know

3 Liability Planning Tips Every Physician Should Know

By Andre O. McDonald |

You probably know that the practice of medicine is a profession fraught with the risk of liability.  It’s not just medical malpractice claims either (although those are certainly scary enough). It’s the entire scope of risk from being in business, including employment-related issues, careless business partners and employees, and contractual obligations, as well as… Read More »

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