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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

5 Medicare Open Enrollment Tips To Review with Your Loved Ones This Year

Are your loved ones on Medicare? Then you need to know that Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period begins October 15th. This is the time for Alabama seniors, including your loved ones, to focus on whether any changes need to be made to their plans.



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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

What Steps Should You Take to Limit the Risk of Falling for an Aging Loved One

In caring for your aging loved one, what steps should you take to limit his or her risk of falling? You are probably very aware that when a senior adult falls there may be serious injuries and even long-term effects on the overall health of an aging loved one. Sadly, falls can also be fatal. There is good news, though, because with some common sense steps most falls can be preventable. Research and lifestyle adjustments are steps that could greatly reduce the risk of your aging loved one falling, and causing the hip fractures and head injuries that often result. 



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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Key Reasons Why You Should Not Put Off Alabama Estate Planning

Did you know that according to research many people put off making an estate plan each year? What about you, do you have an estate plan? If you do not, you are not alone. 

There are multiple and varied reasons why people put off creating their Alabama estate plan. Some put it off because they think they do not have enough assets and others think they are too young to even consider it. There are people who do not want to think about dying and avoid creating an estate plan. People who are not married and have no immediate family, may not feel a need to create an estate plan at all. 


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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Do You know When You Are Heading for Alabama Guardianship?

As a senior living in Alabama, have you thought about what might happen to you if you became seriously ill or injured and unable to care for yourself or make decisions for yourself? Or as you get older what  will happen if you are no longer able to keep up with your necessary medications, your regular hygiene routine, or basic finances? Often, many seniors believe that a family member could step in and take over any needs they may have. However, it may not be that easy.


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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

How Often Does a Trust Fail?

Do you currently have a trust or are you thinking about adding one to your estate plan?  Were you aware that some trusts do fail? To begin, a trust is a legal document that you can place your assets in to be managed by a selected trustee for the benefit of the trust’s beneficiaries. There are two essential components to a trust.  First, there is the trust itself, which is created through a legal document that identifies the purpose of the trust, the trustee of the trust and his or her powers, the beneficiaries of the trust, and the requirements for distributing the trust assets to the beneficiaries. The second component of the trust is the “corpus” of the trust, or, the sum of money, accounts or property placed into the trust.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

How to Best Care for a Loved One With A Recent Dementia Diagnosis

Do you have a loved one recently diagnosed with dementia? Are you caring for your loved one in your home? Did you know that one of the most challenging aspects of witnessing a loved one struggle with dementia may be the sadness and confusion your loved one experiences? In fact, often your loved one may exhibit his or her sadness and confusion through angry outbursts and belligerence.




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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

At Risk For Probate In Alabama? Watch Out For These Mistakes

Have you just completed your Alabama estate plan? Are you confident that when you pass away your estate will not have to go through the probate? It is excellent that you have an Alabama last will and testament. However, the fact that you have a will does not, by itself, allow your estate to avoid probate. This is one mistake we see in our office when the probate process is misunderstood. 


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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Watch Out for These Mistakes While Advocating for Senior Loved Ones

Have you ever had to respond to a health care emergency involving a senior loved one? During the COVID-19 crisis many families were forced to confront these emergencies. Sadly, the pandemic has hit elder adults disproportionately harder than the rest of society. Too late families realized they lacked the basic health care documents needed to act effectively on the behalf of their senior loved ones.

 


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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

The 6 Point Nursing Home Checklist You and Your Loved Ones Need

Are you and your loved ones in the process of looking for a skilled nursing home? We know this is a difficult decision. How do you choose the right nursing home? What are the hurdles that you and your loved ones will face? How do you plan ahead so that the needs of your loved ones can be met by the facility, both now and in the future? 


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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Resources for Family Caregivers to Use During National Older Americans Month

Did you know that, beginning in the year 1963, the month of May has been devoted to honoring and supporting the nation’s senior population? Each May, Older Americans Month formally recognizes the value of our older Americans as an indispensable part of our society.


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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Do Not Let Your Parents Lose Their Life Savings to High Nursing Home Costs

Have you and your aging parents thought about what might happen if one or both were to need nursing home care? Do you and your parents have concerns over the possible expense of a nursing home? Are you and your parents also concerned that after a lifetime of working hard and saving it may all have to be spent on a nursing home? As we celebrate National Elder Law Month during the month of May, the topic of our aging seniors paying for nursing home care comes to the forefront of our minds in our law office, as we think of ways to help our clients, their loved ones, and our community.


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