Probate | Law Firm Newswire - Part 10

Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 8, 2013 – A recent study found that there is an increased likelihood of elder abuse when the elder has cognitive decline and their primary caregiver is a family member. In a new study, researchers at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey looked at a group of patients with dementia to see if cognitive decline was associated with an increased risk of physical abuse by caregivers. “Elder abuse by caregivers is known to be an underreported issue,” commented Michigan elder law attorney Christopher J. Berry. “It seems that helping caregivers […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 8, 2013 – A number of recent health care reforms are pushing health policy advisors to rethink how to meet the growing need for elder health care professionals. Panelists at a senior health care forum in Manhattan recently expressed concern about the future of elder care in the U.S. The symposium, hosted by Jewish Home Life Care and the Himan Brown Charitable Trust, included the health policy professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Dr. John Wallis Rowe, who stated that the number of heath care workers specializing in geriatrics was […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) July 4, 2013 – A pilot program to reform Medicaid in Virginia was recently approved by federal health care regulators. The three-year program will affect over 78,000 Virginians who are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare – so-called “dually eligible” individuals. It is a crucial first step in reforms state lawmakers are requiring before they will expand Virginia’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. “This program affects some of Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens,” said elder law attorney Andrew Hook. “If it can provide them with better access to health care while also creating […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2013 – Some life insurance policyholders are selling their policies to fund long-term care, but at what ultimate cost? Bills in numerous states, including California, Florida, New York, Kentucky, Maine, Louisiana and New Jersey, are allowing elderly residents to sell their life insurance policies to pay for custodial health care. “For anyone concerned about their long-term care, selling off their life insurance is not their only option,” commented Michigan elder law attorney Christopher J. Berry. “Long-term care insurance is designed specifically to ensure that no one needs to borrow from the future, […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2013 – More than 10,000 American baby boomers are turning 65 every day. By the year 2030, 1 in 5 people in the U.S. will be 65 or older. The increase in the elderly population in the U.S. means that more people will be caring for seniors in professional settings, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. That also means than many adult children must make difficult decisions for their aging parents, or may be pressed into the role of caregiver. “While having to assess and meet the care needs of elderly […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2013 – Estate planning is widely seen as a smart move for higher income households, but individuals at all income levels may benefit. The close of 2012 was unusually busy for estate planning attorneys as they worked with clients to implement new or updated estate plans in advance of the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), to be enacted January 2, 2013. The ATRA was expected to reduce gift and estate tax exemptions to $1 million, but it ended up not reducing exemption amounts after all. “Regardless of the amount of your estate, […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2013 – A new study has found that children of long-lived adults show a marked delay when developing dementia or other types of cognitive decline. The study examined the children of individuals with “exceptional longevity,” people who lived 89 years or more. Researchers looked at data gathered from more than 1,850 volunteers located in Denmark, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania, as well as their spouses, siblings, siblings’ spouses, adult children, and their children’s’ spouses. The children of individuals who lived longer than 89 years were likely to not develop the symptoms of […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2013 – Seniors in Texas are at high risk from Internet scams and financial elder abuse. According to the FBI’s 2012 Internet Crime Report, Texas ranked third in the nation in the number of complaints received about Internet fraud. This type of scam is just one way that thieves can take advantage of seniors. Older people are also at risk for in-person and telephone scams and for theft and fraud by caregivers and other service providers. “It is very important to be aware of the various ways that financial elder abuse can be […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2013 – Too many seniors are being given colonoscopies too often, a new study states. A recent study in the American Medical Association’s JAMA Internal Medicine stated that many seniors report “a strong moral obligation” when it comes to undergoing medical testing, even in their advanced years. But many medical professionals are advising them that the risks that come with screenings such as colonoscopies and other medical procedures may not be worth it. Though all Americans are urged by multiple advocacy groups to begin colorectal cancer screening at age 50, little public […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2013 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will expedite decisions on claims more than one year old. In a news release, the VA said that effective immediately, the agency’s claims raters would begin making provisional decisions on the oldest backlogged benefits claims. After a provisional rating has been given to a claim, the veteran will have one year to submit additional evidence before a final decision is issued. “Too many veterans endure very long waits to receive desperately-needed disability benefits,” commented veteran’s attorney Andrew Hook. “Hopefully this initiative will […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2013 – California is planning to try a managed health care system to unify Medicare and Medi-Cal. While dual coverage sounds like a good thing, lower income seniors in California who are eligible for both Medicare and the state’s version of Medicaid, known as Medi-Cal, are facing a serious lack of coordinated care. Medicare, the federal program for seniors, is not designed to work in tandem with Medi-Cal, the federal-state program for low income individuals, the way the state is currently using the system. The ensuing mistakes, delays and administrative issues are […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 7, 2013 – A thorough evacuation plan should be in place in all nursing homes, but that often is not the case. As of 2012, at least 1.4 million U.S. seniors are residing in a nursing home, while more than 3 million people have stayed in a nursing home while recovering from surgery or illness. That is according to a report released by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Of the 15,800 nursing homes throughout the country, there is no general consensus on how many of them have safe, reliable emergency, […]


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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2013 – A new study indicates that a cancer drug may be used to treat Alzheimer’s. Researchers at the Georgetown University Medical Center administered the drug nilotinib to mice in very low doses. They theorized that the drug, which causes cancer cells to self-destruct, might have a similar effect on aberrant brain cells at low doses. “Alzheimer’s and similar diseases affect some 5 million people in America alone, and planning for their needs is a challenge for families and communities” said elder law attorney Andrew Hook. The researchers began by finding a […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 24, 2013 – Some Texas seniors have been targeted by identity thieves. Individuals posing as Medicare program employees have been targeting seniors in Texas, state officials say. Medicare recipients in the state have reported that they have received calls from someone identifying themselves as employees of Medicare. The supposed employee informs the victims that the federal program is in the process of updating Medicare identification cards and requests additional identifying information to issue a new card. The victim is informed that the new card will be needed to continue to receive Medicare benefits. Information […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2013 – The state of California is planning to shift long-term care to managed care companies. Managed care companies offer comprehensive care for low-income seniors and people with disabilities for a fixed monthly rate. The program to be adopted in California is MediConnect and it is designed to cover individuals with extensive levels of care and is covered by benefits from both Medi-Cal, California’s version of the federal Medicaid program, and Medicare. “During the next 12-plus months, it is estimated that approximately 456,000 people will be enrolled in California in the largest […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2013 – The prosecution of a high-profile case of elder financial abuse is the exception, not the rule. The New York appellate court recently upheld the majority of a 2009 conviction against the son of the late philanthropist Brooke Astor. Anthony D. Marshall had been charged with financially defrauding Ms. Astor, his mother, in part by forging her name on a will. Marshall, scheduled to go to jail for one to three years, was convicted of stealing his mother’s fortune when she was no longer physically or mentally competent. His lawyers unsuccessfully […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) May 9, 2013 – Nursing home abuse is a growing concern for elder care advocates. A California-based elder care center company, which had previously been sued for abuse by a collection of plaintiffs, is again under scrutiny. The elder care centers under the umbrella of Skilled Healthcare Group Inc. Skilled Healthcare has agreed to spend new funds to hire more staff and will be closely watched for the next 24-months by the attorney general’s office. “The California facility charged with neglect and abuse was supposed to care for their vulnerable elderly patients,” said Palo […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 8, 2013 – A Maine-based group is helping local seniors pay off debt. A nonprofit group based in Maine, Legal Services for the Elderly (LSE), has announced that it has formed a Consumer Debt Unit within its organization to help clients pay off outstanding debt. As of 2009, LSE noted an increase of more than 25 percent of elderly clients who were struggling to manage their debt burden, a majority of whom used to be able to meet their bills every month and now cannot. “The truth is, older Americans who depend on […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2013 – Women coming home from military service are joining the ranks of the homeless in the U.S. The male former service members who become homeless after returning to the States largely do so when battling mental illness and/or substance abuse issues. Female vets come home with those issues as well as having a tougher time finding gainful employment and housing. Even more often, these women come home with issues stemming from military sexual trauma, or MST, which can cause or exacerbate post-traumatic stress disorder. It is estimated that there were more […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2013 – Attorney’s from Begley Law Group are attending and presenting to the Society of Settlement Planners at their annual conference in Las Vegas this May. This year’s conference is being held at the Vdara Hotel, May 5th through the 7th. Tom Begley, Jr. and Kristen L. Behrens of Begley Law Group will be speaking to the planners at three different sessions during the conference. “The Society of Settlement Planners Conference is a great opportunity for us to learn from our colleagues,” said New Jersey elder lawyer Tom Begley, Jr. “But it also […]


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