Why a Living Will is Important – (One of the Big 6 Disability Planning) Patrick J. Kelleher, Esq. www.ELDERLAWCARE.COM

A living will lays out your preferences for life-sustaining medical treatment.  I wrote about this in the November edition of South Shore Senior Newspaper titled "The Big 6 Disability Planning You Need Now." The Living Will is one of the Big 6 Disability Planning tools you need to keep your affairs out of the probate [...]

2020-01-29T18:40:10-05:00January 28th, 2020|

Why You Should Not Add Your Child’s Name to Your Bank Account or Deed of Your Home! Patrick J. Kelleher, Esq. ELDERLAWCARE.COM

Although it can be useful to have another party available to keep track of bills when you’re sick or away, adding a child’s name to a bank account is putting you and them at risk! Read on to learn more because you may be surprised. First of all, the money in your account could be diverted [...]

2020-01-14T19:52:47-05:00January 14th, 2020|

LAW CHANGE ALERT – The SECURE Act of 2020 Patrick J. Kelleher, Esq. ELDERLAWCARE.COM

Congress has passed a bipartisan appropriations bill. In the contents of this spending bill is a piece of legislation known as the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE), the first significant change in retirement legislation since the Pension Protection Act in 2006. The President signed the Act into law on December 20, [...]

2020-01-14T19:18:55-05:00January 14th, 2020|

How To Avoid Scam Artist in 2020! Patrick J. Kelleher, Esq. ElderLawCare.com

Welcome to the new decade, replete with new challenges to protect yourself against ever-inventive scam artists. One concern has a simple fix but requires your commitment to add two additional digits when signing or writing documents, letters, emails, and more. The National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) is reporting that the dawn of this decade creates [...]

2020-01-14T19:14:55-05:00January 14th, 2020|

The Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid and Nursing Home Costs – Who Pays? – Patrick J. Kelleher, Esq. – ElderLawCare.com

Our Elder Law Care Team will often hear our clients and the folks at our educational estate planing and elder law workshops confuse the words "Medicaid" and "Medicare." The words look alike and sound alike but the meaning and benefits of these two government programs are much different and it is in your best interest [...]

2019-11-16T08:27:41-05:00November 16th, 2019|

Law Change Alert! Is Your Durable Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy Powerful Enough? – Patrick J. Kelleher, Esq.

Powerful Durable “power of attorney” (POA) and Health Care Proxy disability planning documents are critical because when you or your spouse become incapacitated they will keep your affairs out of the dreaded Probate Court. They will allow your loved ones "helpers" to make your financial and health care decisions and not some stranger picked from [...]

2019-08-14T13:05:27-05:00August 14th, 2019|