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Elder law topics: Vulnerability to fraud

It seems as though there is always someone out there trying to get something for nothing. These people tend to prey on vulnerable members of the population here and around the country. Those here in Delaware who work in elder law see far too many residents who believe that an elderly loved one could fall victim -- or already has fallen victim --  to financial exploitation.

Elder law topics: Living wills

No one wants to envision a day when making health care decisions has to be passed to someone else. Losing that kind of autonomy is frightening for many Delaware residents. However, what would be even more frightening is for that to occur without you having the chance to make those choices in advance. For this reason, the creation of a living will is a crucial part of elder law and estate planning.

Elder law issues: Keeping your aging loved one's finances secure

The financial resources of an elderly loved one are often limited. Even so, another family member or someone who claims to be a friend might still attempt to take advantage of an aging Delaware resident's kindness or compromised mental state for personal financial gain. Elder law does provide ways to help protect his or her assets and income from those who would prey on a vulnerable individual.

Is a Move to a Nursing Home in Your or a Loved One's Future?

Between 1946 and 1964, an estimated 78 million babies were born in the United States. Since that time, baby boomers have gone on to run corporations, cure diseases and serve as U.S. presidents. Today the oldest boomers are in their early 70s and increasingly struggle with physical ailments and chronic medical conditions. In the coming years, a significant percentage of boomers and their loved ones will likely be forced to make decisions about nursing home care.

Does Your Family Need A Caregiver Agreement?

In the coming years, the roughly 76.4 million individuals, who are today between the ages of 52 and 70 and are collectively known as baby boomers, will continue to age. By 2029, an estimated one-fourth of the population in the United States will be age 65 and older. If you are the son or daughter of one of the millions of baby boomers, it's important to discuss and make decisions today about potential future changes and issues that can significantly impact your loved one's health, finances and quality of life.

Guardianship and elder law: Taking care of aging family members

As family members age, they might not be able to take care of themselves like they used to in the past. This can be a difficult realization for everyone involved. If prior arrangements for this eventuality were not made through elder law estate planning, it will be necessary to petition a Delaware court for a guardianship.

How a long-term care policy can save your family a long-term headache

None of us expect it to happen. Whether it is the result of a car accident, a skiing mishap or a devastating illness, we just don't expect catastrophe to happen. But it can and does, and when it does it can wreck financial havoc for you-and for generations to come.

How elder law can help prepare to take care of an elderly parent

Many Delaware residents are facing the possibility of caring for an aging parent. Even though it would be wise to prepare for this eventuality, many people fail to take advantage of what elder law can do for them and their loved ones. Fortunately, it is never too late to start making the appropriate preparations.

Elder law includes plans to avoid complications for loved ones

Most people in Delaware are not surprised to learn that the efficiency of their bodily functions decreases as they get older. Unfortunately, this often includes the function of a person's brain. The reduction of a person's cognitive abilities may make it more difficult to do certain tasks, such as paying bills or balancing a checkbook. This is why many people may contact an elder law attorney to ensure their wishes will be followed if they should become unable to manage their own affairs.

Elder law continues to be a growing need for Delaware residents

As Baby Boomers here in Delaware and elsewhere near retirement age, the need for long-term care has increased. This is just one reason why the area of elder law continues to grow. Not only are more people planning what will happen to their property after they die, but they are also planning for the possibility that they will need to have funds available for some type of long-term health care.

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