In honor thereof, we will be blogging each day in May to educate older individuals and their families about elder law issues. Our mission is to provide practical information. Whether you are concerned about probate avoidance, how to properly manage an elderly family member’s medical or financial affairs, how to protect assets against long term care expenses, qualifying for ALTCS or VA Aid & Attendance pension benefits, understanding powers of attorneys, Wills and Trusts, or more we have the answers.  As a premier estate planning, elder law, and special needs planning law firm, we are honored to provide legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of seniors, persons with disabilities, and families.

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 May 1- 31, 2018

  1. Trustee vs. Financial Power of Attorney – How are they different?
  2. Guardianship vs. Conservatorship – What are they? When do you need it?
  3. How can Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) help with long term care expenses?
  4. FAQ’s about ALTCS.
  5. Do I need a lawyer to help with ALTCS?
  6. Mom moved in with me – do I need a rental agreement?
  7. Mom moved in with me – do I need a caregiver agreement?
  8. What is an Income Only Trust (“IOT”) aka Miller Trust?
  9. Health Care Power of Attorney, Mental Health Care Power of Attorney, and Living Will- What are these medical directives?
  10. Why should everyone have a Mental Health Power of Attorney?
  11. How not to get sued as a Successor Trustee- understanding Trustee duties.
  12. When is the Financial Power of Attorney in effect- immediately or springing?
  13. Understanding the signs of financial exploitation.
  14. What should you do if you think a family member is being financially exploited?
  15. What is VA Aid & Attendance Pension?
  16. Do I qualify for VA Aid & Attendance?
  17. How do I assume the role of Successor Trustee?
  18. Trust Accounting – Best Practices.
  19. When do I need an elder law attorney?
  20. How do I avoid probate?
  21. What if my spouse is incapacitated?
  22. Diagnosed with dementia – so now what? How to get things in order.
  23. How best to avoid Guardianship and Conservatorship.
  24. What happens if there are no medical directives?
  25. What happens if there is no financial power of attorney?
  26. What happens if the Trust is not “funded”?
  27. What is a prepaid funeral/burial arrangement and how can it avoid family conflict?
  28. Strategies for asset protection against long term care expenses.
  29. Options to help resolve family disagreements about a parent’s care.
  30. Caring for a spouse – when it’s time to bring in help.
  31. Understanding signs of diminished capacity in a loved one.


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