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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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Monday, April 18, 2022

3 Ways DIY Estate Planning May Backfire on Your Beneficiaries

Do you enjoy do-it-yourself projects? Are you contemplating a new project of do-it-yourself estate planning?  Do you believe that it is probably better to DIY an estate plan than to not have an estate plan at all? Unfortunately, this may not be true. By writing your own estate plan, without seeking counsel from a qualified Alabama estate planning attorney, you may run into a lot of issues in the future.


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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Ways to Plan for Long-Term Care When Your Loved One Has Parkinson’s Disease

Are you, your family and your friends caring for a loved one who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease?  Right now are you, your family and friends providing the kind of constant, consistent care that your loved one with Parkinson’s needs?  In the future, however, you may find it necessary to consider a nursing home if your family and friends can no longer safely take care of your loved one.  Are you concerned about how to find and pay for the necessary long-term care as your loved one’s condition changes? 


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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Ways to Plan for a Loved One with a Disabling Conditions

Do you have a disabled loved one in your family? Are you caring for your loved one? As an Alabama estate planning and elder law attorney, my firm knows just how challenging it can be to ensure that your loved one is protected on a daily basis. In addition, when you add to these lifetime caregiving needs by beginning to think about a future that may not include you, we understand if you not only face decision paralysis but fear of the unknown. 


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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Pros and Cons of Planning for Medicaid Early

Are you a senior living in Alabama and enjoying retirement?  Have you thought about what you would do if you needed long-term care? Or perhaps you have not even thought about long-term care at all.  Because you are over 65 and have Medicare as your health insurance you may be thinking that Medicare will take care of any long-term care costs. Also, you may have family members or friends that you are planning to depend on if and when the need for long-term care arises. We would like to take this time and discuss with you more about planning for long-term care in our state of Alabama.



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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Could a Senior You Love Fall Victim to Sweetheart Scams?

Why do online scammers and cyber criminals tend to target Older Americans when committing financial crimes? The reason why is because seniors are often vulnerable, have access to money, and are more easily fooled than younger adults who may have grown up using the internet. 


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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Ways to Say "I Love You" Through Estate Planning

As Valentine’s Day approaches, are you thinking about how you will communicate these important words, “I Love You”, to your spouse and children?  We know the best way to communicate how we feel is to just say it and act with love on a daily basis. However, when thinking about the future, it can be a little more complicated.


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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Answering Your Parents Long-Term Care Questions After the Holidays

The holidays are over, the New Year is here, and for most of us the time spent with family has ended. During your time with family, we hope you were able to speak to and spend time with your aging parents.

While speaking with your parents, did you discuss the future?  Did you notice if they had any substantial issues or impairments that were not there last year? Did they talk to you about any new diagnoses or changes to medications?  Finally, were you able to address concerns you, or they, may have about long-term care planning?


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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

4 Questions to Ask When You Update Your Estate Plan in the New Year

With the arrival of the new year and as the month of January gets underway, did you know many people in Alabama are focusing on how they will reach the resolutions they set?  What resolutions did you set? Did you focus on work or health or family or all three?


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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Do You Know What To Look For When Visiting Relatives During The Holidays?

Are you planning to visit your parents during the holidays?  Are you hoping to discuss long-term care planning with them?  What exactly is long-term care planning?  The National Institute on Aging defines long-term care planning as steps to meet a person’s health or personal care needs during a long or short period of time. With the help of these services, people may be able to live as independently and safely as possible even though they can no longer perform everyday activities on their own.



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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

The Best Gift You Can Make This Holiday Season

Can you believe that in just a few short weeks, it will be 2022? The end of the year is quickly approaching. We realize that the pandemic continues to add a layer to everything but, for most of us, we are busy finalizing our end of the year plans, purchasing last minute holiday gifts, and making arrangements to spend time with family. As you reflect on your goals for the coming year, this is the perfect time to take stock of what has happened this year.  What went well? What could we improve on?


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