elder law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 2

Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2013 – As part of estate planning, two of the most important documents an individual can have are a healthy care proxy and a durable power of attorney. Both documents allow others to make important decisions should one become incapacitated. But an issue may arise when the two people who are overseeing the estate, the health care proxy and the durable power of attorney, do not work well together, or do not see eye-to-eye. It is imperative, then, that the people chosen for these important roles are individuals who can get past […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 16, 2013 – Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP has once again been named to the New York Super Lawyers for 2013 by Super Lawyers magazine. Krooks has been the recipient of this honor since 2006, marking the eighth consecutive year that he has been recognized for this accolade. He is also among the Top 25 Westchester, NY Super Lawyers. The Super Lawyers® 2013 selection is the result of a rigorous, multi-step selection process based on peer recognition and professional achievement, as well as independent research on each candidate. Krooks is […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 16, 2013 – Good communication is essential when talking with elderly parents about the need for care. As parents age, they may need additional care, whether it is help with daily tasks at home, a home health aide, or the kind of care provided in an assisted living facility. However, elders can be resistant to talking about the need for care. According to a prominent elder law attorney, good communication is the key to these difficult, but necessary conversations. “Older people may not want to talk about the need for additional care, and their […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2013 – Homes may need modifications to be made safe for seniors, says a prominent elder law attorney. Many older people prefer “aging in place,” staying in their homes, rather than moving to an assisted living facility. Staying in one’s home is more comfortable for most seniors and makes economic sense as well, since the cost of assisted living facilities is rising. However, there are changes seniors may want to make in order to make their home safer, according to John Hale, an elder law attorney based in the Dallas, Texas area. “Home […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2013 – Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP has once again been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 in the field of Elder Law and Trusts and Estates. This marks the seventh consecutive year that Krooks has been recognized for this honor. Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than four million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country. As a result, only a select group of elite lawyers are chosen for this distinction. The survey […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) August 7, 2013 – New Jersey elder law attorney Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esq. is speaking as a faculty member in a course co-presented by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) on “Irrevocable Trusts: Drafting with the Right Ingredients” on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. Mr. Begley will be discussing irrevocable trusts as part of a powerful estate planning tool for elder law attorneys to help their clients protect their interests. “Irrevocable trusts have previously been utilized as a means to transfer wealth between high net-worth family members,” commented elder law attorney Thomas D. Begley, Jr. “But […]


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Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2013 – The Begley Law Group elder law, estate planning and special needs trusts attorneys are participating in an Elder Law Day for legal professionals July 24, 2013. “The continued ‘graying’ of the U.S. population means elder law will continue to be a huge growth area for law firms and attorneys who offer comprehensive elder law services,” commented New Jersey elder law attorney Thomas D. Begley, Jr. “Elder Law Day is a one-day crash course which examines the key issues elder law attorneys need to know to best support their clients.” Presented in […]


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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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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) April 25, 2013 – A new study shows that exercise may ward off dementia. The latest aging statistics indicate that as many as one in eight adults over the age of 65 is affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Now a new study released by the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that exercise in middle-age may be an effective tool in warding off later life dementia. “Alzheimer’s continues to be a major health concern for many people as they age,” commented Dallas elder law attorney John Hale. Researchers examined data from a patient visitor database, The Cooper […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 16, 2013 – Some retirees with government pensions will get less social security than they may expect. About one million Americans are affected by the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), which affects government workers on the local, state or federal level who were hired prior to 1984 and are eligible for a government pension. “Retirees who are affected by the Windfall Elimination Provision need to be aware of what their Social Security benefits will be so that they can plan properly for their retirement,” said John Hale, a Dallas elder law attorney and estate planning […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 22, 2013 – Elder abuse is being aggressively addressed by one Bronx community center. Elder abuse – physical, financial, or emotional – is widely believed to be an underreported problem, and one that lacks the funds and resources badly needed to combat the issue. Now, one nursing home in New York City is trying to address elder abuse head on. The Hebrew Home at Riverdale and the Pace Women’s Justice Center in the Bronx created the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention in 2004. The center trains law enforcement personnel […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2013 – There is now an unofficial Bill of Rights for elderly residents of Texas. The Texas Attorney General’s Office has released information outlining the special rights that are in place for citizens age 60 and over. According to the Office, an elderly individual has all of the rights guaranteed to all citizens of Texas. In addition, the elderly have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, the right to make choices regarding care, benefits and services, and the right to be “free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.” If the elderly […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2013 – Consumer complaints regarding a popular intrauterine contraceptive device may be growing. Some women who have had the Mirena® intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) implanted have reported that they later had the device surgically removed due to uterine perforation. The small Mirena IUD, is a t-shaped device which stays in place, releasing minute amounts of hormone to provide contraceptive protection for up to five years, and then it is removed. The insertion and removal must be done by a trained healthcare provider. When it is done properly, the manufacturers state, there is no […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2013 – The Medicaid system in Texas is overburdened; it is uncertain if that will change any time soon. The 2013 Texas Legislature is faced with deciding whether to take $100 billion in federal funding under the Affordable Care Act over the next 10 years to help provide Texans with enough Medicaid health care coverage. The Texas Health Care Association (THCA), urging the current Legislature to support more funding for the state’s Medicaid system, has found that approximately 60,000 elderly and disabled Texans living in nursing homes are dependent on Medicaid services. Caring […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2013 – There is a growing push to install video cameras in nursing homes. The security cameras would be placed to catch incidents of elder care abuse, nursing home neglect and other areas of concern for safety and well-being of home residents. Camera footage, advocates say, would assist facilities identify poor care providers, and would allow law enforcement officers to pursue complaints. Lawmakers in Oklahoma are considering allowing mandatory video surveillance in that state’s more than 300 nursing homes, which serve more than 20,000 residents. The mandatory video monitoring is planned to go […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 3, 2013 – More grandparents than ever are raising their children’s children. It is estimated that close to 5.8 million children in the U.S. are living in their grandparents’ homes, and more than one million children are being raised by their grandparents. That means more than 2.5 million grandparents are currently head-of-household and parenting again. The number of U.S. grandchildren who are being raised by one or more of their grandparents continues to rise. In 1991, the U.S. Census Bureau listed 1.7 percent of children in grandparent-as-parent homes; the number went up to 2.5 […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2012 – According to a 2010 survey by the MetLife Mature Market Institute, the losses due to elder financial abuse are almost $3 billion. A significant amount of that abuse — 35 percent — is attributed to actions by family, neighbors, friends, and even paid caregivers. But, as noted by executive director Sandra Timmermann, of MetLife Mature Market Institute, that is only the number of reported incidences. For every case that is reported, they estimate four or five that never see the light of day. “The number of elder financial abuse cases is […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2012 – According to elder care advocates, approximately 2,000 dependent adults go “missing” each year from adult care facilities. Advocates are calling for a standard, quick response which would start with dialing 911, and are pushing for that 911 call to be law. In Concord, CA, 86-year-old Yolanda Membreno left a residential facility and was later found by police dogs, deceased, at a playground just 100 yards away from the facility’s front door. While caregivers had searched their facility for signs of Ms. Membreno, they did not call 911 when they noted her […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2012 – A fire in Greenwich, Connecticut that killed a 42-year-old-man and left his mother in critical condition in a hospital burn unit, may have occurred due to hoarding in the home. Dean Verboven and his mother, 69-year-old Barbara Verboven, were contacted in September by the town’s social services, prompted by neighbors’ concerns that the home was unsafe. Mr. Verboven allegedly agreed to declutter the home, but when a social worker visited to check on progress, little had been cleared. According to a neighbor, Dean lived in the home with his mother, who […]


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