Tag Archives: National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Long-Term Planning: The Will and Beyond

The Will and Beyond Now is the best time to plan for the distribution of your wealth, and a will is one important tool for doing just that. By Cari Jackson Edited by Bernard A. Krooks, J.D., CPA, LL.M After … Continue reading

Understanding the New Health Care Law

For people planning for lifelong health care and other long-term needs, coming to grips with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is essential. Edited by Bernard A. Krooks, J.D., CPA, LL.M By now, you’ve probably heard plenty about the … 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

Advanced Directives

What are advanced directives? Though most people have a clear idea in their heads about how they want to be treated when the end finally comes, only about a quarter of Americans have these ideas written down.  “Advance directives” is … 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