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Choosing a Qualified Attorney to Help You Plan for the Future

For seniors, planning for the future can be complicated, even overwhelming. Hiring an attorney who is qualified to advise you on legal matters that can affect your family’s financial and emotional well-being can make things easier. Elder-law attorneys guide families on planning for health and personal care, public benefits … Continue reading

Finding Your Elder-Law Attorney

It is of the utmost importance to find a qualified attorney to help you plan for the future, particularly when a debilitating illness such as Alzheimer’s enters the picture. But what do you look for, and how do you go … Continue reading

Common Errors in Long-Term Care Planning

By Bernard A. Krooks, Certified Elder Law Attorney During our discussions with clients, we learn about many misconceptions they have and previous errors they have made in their long-term care planning. I would like to share a few of those … Continue reading

We Need to Prepare for Aging Population

There’s no escaping it: We are getting older as a nation. In 2011, the first of the Baby Boomers reach age 65, and by 2030, more than 70 million Americans will be 65 or older, representing nearly one in five … Continue reading

Protecting the Family Home

By Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., Certified Elder Law Attorney When a loved one becomes ill, there are many issues that must be dealt with. First and foremost are decisions regarding the person’s health and the type of care needed. This … Continue reading

Third-Party Special Needs Trusts: Peace of Mind for Caregivers

By Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., Certified Elder Law Attorney We are all aware of the importance of getting our family’s financial and legal affairs in order. For family members of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, the importance of doing advance planning … Continue reading

Planning for the Well Spouse

By Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., Certified Elder Law Attorney When a spouse becomes ill, the well spouse is suddenly faced not only with the emotional toll, but the burden of handling all the financial responsibilities and long-term planning on his … Continue reading

You have the Power: Power of Attorney

By Bernard A. Krooks, Certified Elder Law Attorney A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document in which one person (in legal terms, “the principal”) appoints another person (“the agent”) to act on behalf of the principal. It allows … Continue reading

Advance Directives: Ensure your Wishes are Honored

By Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., Certified Elder Law Attorney What kind of medical care would you want if you were too ill or hurt to express your wishes? Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to convey your decisions … Continue reading

Common Estate Planning Errors

By Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., Certified Elder Law Attorney It is essential for individuals to address their estate planning sooner rather than later. However, it is equally important to make sure that the planning is done correctly. Too often, people … Continue reading