Tag Archives: power-of-attorney

Weathering the Storm

When a natural disaster occurs, chances are, you will have no time to stop and think. Caring for a loved one afflicted with Alzheimer’s during this situation will have you potentially facing two major disasters; the oncoming storm and the … 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

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

Medicare, Medicaid and Alzheimer’s

What You Should Know About Medicaid Eligibility by NY Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Bernard A. Krooks Long-term care costs can devastate a family. The national average for nursing home costs is approximately $75,000 per year … Continue reading

Is a Clinical Trial Right For You or Your Loved One?

Among the many decisions you will face as a patient (or caregiver) dealing with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may be whether or not to participate in a clinical trial. Clinical trials help scientists understand how AD affects the brain and facilitate … Continue reading

Estate Planning

What is estate planning? Estate planning includes designing a plan that provides for your needs during your lifetime and for the disposition of assets upon your death. The lifetime planning issues to be addressed may include: (1) financial planning to … Continue reading