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How to prevent elder law issues and financial abuse

As people age, they may become increasingly vulnerable to financial abuse. For example, relatives can misuse assets after being granted access to accounts through guardianship. Elderly people and their loved ones should have an understanding of these potential crimes and how they are addressed by Delaware elder law in order to protect themselves.

Should financial advisors report possible elder law issues?

Families, aging individuals and lawyers often discuss issues related to the well-being and safe treatment of elders. But what responsibility does the investment industry have for supporting elder law issues? Investment companies and advisors in Delaware and across North America may have a role to play in supporting and protecting their clients from fraud or other abuses.

Technology and elder law can help aging people live comfortably

One of the most contentious issues in families is where aging family members should live. Conversations, external support and an understanding of elder law can all help in making these arrangements for elders and their families. Delaware seniors can also benefit from a variety of technological advancements to help them stay safe and cared for, especially if they wish to continue living alone at home.

Using elder law to provide peace of mind in retirement years

After decades of working, many Delaware couples look forward to retirement. However, at the same time, they may begin to wonder whether they have enough financial security should one of them pass away. Fortunately, making use of elder law could provide some peace of mind in their retirement years.

Elder law issues: The importance of powers of attorney

Like many other Delaware residents, you more than likely do not want to think about a time in your life when you will not be able to make decisions for yourself. However, as you age, you may wonder if such a time could come. This eventuality makes powers of attorney so important in elder law.

Seeking guardianship through elder law

When creating an estate plan, there are many factors to consider beyond how to divide one's assets after death. In fact, with proper elder law guidance, an estate plan can be a valuable resource in many stages of life. One example is by establishing a power of attorney against the possibility that the testator should become incapacitated by age or illness. However, few people in Delaware take advantage of this tool, which may require loved ones to seek legal guardianship.

Elder law addresses personal needs of nursing home residents

While multi-generation households may have been the norm in the past, they are less common these days. Aging parents prefer to stay in their own homes, and adult children often need two incomes to support their families. Just a few years ago, a decline in health may have meant an older parent ended up in a cheerless nursing home, with little room for personal belongings and less concern about a resident's preferences. However, by revisiting elder law reforms, some Delaware nursing homes are striving to bring about positive changes.

Using elder law to care for your aging loved one

Instead of finding a Delaware nursing home to care for your aging loved one, you may decide to provide the care he or she needs yourself. However, you may be concerned about much needed Medicaid benefits. Fortunately, that does not have to be the case, and elder law could help make your arrangement happen.

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.

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