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CEB blog

CEB blog

Covers practice tips and new legal developments of particular interest to California legal professionals. The CEB blog covers a wide range of practice areas from estate planning to civil litigation, along with posts relating to the practice of law generally.

http://blog.ceb.com
  • Sep 19

    7 Facts Every Judge and Attorney Should Know When Domestic Violence Involves Strangulation

    7 Facts Every Judge and Attorney Should Know When Domestic Violence Involves Strangulation
    The following is a guest blog post by Hon. Alan Pendleton, Tenth Judicial District Court Judge in Anoka, Minnesota and Gael B. Strack, JD, CEO and Co-Founder of the Family Justice Center Alliance in San Diego. The arrests of Ravens…
  • Sep 17

    Ever Heard of Implied Hearsay?

    Ever Heard of Implied Hearsay?
    Most of us think about hearsay in connection with facts that are expressly stated. But an out-of-court statement that’s offered to prove the truth of the facts implied by the statement is also hearsay and inadmissible unless an…
  • Sep 15

    Turn Legalese into Plain English

    Turn Legalese into Plain English
    A contract shouldn’t require a Latin-English dictionary to understand it! In fact, there’s generally no reason to use Latin terms or formal legal language (legalese) at all. Use plain English to be sure the contracts and other…
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Kraft Elder Law Blog

Kraft Elder Law Blog

Covers elder law issues.

http://www.kraftelderlaw.com/blog/
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Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Purcell & Amen, L.L.C. Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://yourestatematters.com/blog/
  • Sep 19

    What Should Be Included in Your Estate Plan?

    What Should Be Included in Your Estate Plan?
    You are likely aware that creating a comprehensive estate plan is important. What should be included in your estate plan though? One reason so many Americans lack a workable, complete estate plan is because they simply don’t know what…
  • Sep 18

    Will the State Take My Assets When I Go on Medicaid?

    Will the State Take My Assets When I Go on Medicaid?
    At some point during your “golden years” there is a very good chance that you, or a spouse, will need to qualify for Medicaid in order to cover the high cost of long-term care. The thought of depending on Medicaid may be…
  • Sep 17

    Estate Planning: Getting Started

    Estate Planning: Getting Started
    Estate Planning: Getting Started from Charlie Amen A well thought out estate plan can accomplish a wide variety of goals and objectives by incorporating the right components into the plan. Learn more about Estate Planning in Missouri in this…
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Idaho Estate Planning

Idaho Estate Planning

Covers estate planning, elder law, veterans benefits and special needs trusts. By Mark E. Wight.

http://idahoestateplanning.typepad.com/idaho_estate_planning/
  • Sep 19

    Idaho Elder Law - Never Assume a Will is All You Need

    Idaho Elder Law - Never Assume a Will is All You Need
    The information family and friends will need when a loved one dies goes far beyond those much-talked-about documents, and having them can make the end of life just a little less painful for those who remain behind.
  • Sep 18

    Idaho Estate Planning "Can We Talk?" Joan Rivers Funeral Cost Could Reduce Estate Tax

    Idaho Estate Planning "Can We Talk?" Joan Rivers Funeral Cost Could Reduce Estate Tax
    Rivers would have probably gotten a kick out of the fact that the expenses associated with her funeral are tax deductible for federal estate tax purposes – though as a smart business woman, I suspect she already knew that.
  • Sep 17

    Idaho Estate Planning - Is Congress Considering an Estate Tax Increase?

    Idaho Estate Planning - Is Congress Considering an Estate Tax Increase?
    This legislation would exempt more than 99.7 percent of Americans from paying any estate tax while ensuring that the wealthiest Americans in our country pay their fair share.
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Nursing Homes Abuse Blog

Nursing Homes Abuse Blog

Covers common problems encountered by residents and their families aat nursing homes and assisted living facilities. By Jonathan Rosenfeld.

http://www.nursinghomesabuseblog.com/
  • Sep 19

    How Quickly Can Bedsores Develop on a Nursing Home Patient?

    How Quickly Can Bedsores Develop on a Nursing Home Patient?
    Decubitus ulcers, commonly referred to as bedsores or pressure ulcers, develop in individuals that are chair bound or bed bound for an extended period. Many ulcers begin forming in as little as a week when lying or sitting in the same place.…
  • Jun 30

    Memory Care Facilities Emerging Specialty In Senior Care Industry

    Memory Care Facilities Emerging Specialty In Senior Care Industry
    As work continues on a 23,000-square-foot memory care center in Weston Wisconsin, it is important to remember that this is just one of the many facilities currently being built throughout the country. Because of the increased number of people…
  • Jun 23

    Mealtimes Turn Dangerous In Senior Care Facilitie

    Mealtimes Turn Dangerous In Senior Care Facilitie
    The Rookery home in Walcott found out that mealtimes could in fact be dangerous – and in this case even fatal. Paul Relton had a specific care plan that specified that he required one-to-one supervision when he was eating. His food also…
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Cramer Law Center

Cramer Law Center

Covers estate planning, probate, guardianship and elder law issues.

http://cramerlawcenter.com/blog/
  • Sep 19

    WAITING TOO LATE (OR ALMOST TOO LATE) TO PLAN – OUR LATEST REAL WORLD LESSONS

    WAITING TOO LATE (OR ALMOST TOO LATE) TO PLAN – OUR LATEST REAL WORLD LESSONS
    Unfortunately, we deal with death on a fairly regular basis as part of our practice, so it usually does not take us by surprise. However, we recently have had a couple of shocking deaths which illustrate why it is never too soon to plan. The…
  • Sep 17

    Protected: Test Post

    Protected: Test Post
    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.
  • Sep 8

    ADOPTION SERIES-PART 4: “VIRTUAL” ADOPTION-NO COURT REQUIRED!

    ADOPTION SERIES-PART 4: “VIRTUAL” ADOPTION-NO COURT REQUIRED!
    Did you know that, in Florida, you can adopt someone without ever going to court and making it official?  For the finale of our Adoption Series (click to read part one, two, or three), we will highlight an unusual way that people…
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American Academy of Estate…

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Blog

Provides legal marketing and estate planning legal updates.

http://www.aaepa.com/articles/
  • Sep 19

    School’s Back in Session! How Kids Can Teach Us Something About Organization

    School’s Back in Session! How Kids Can Teach Us Something About Organization
    Early September is back to school time. Like so many families this time of year, my husband and I set out to get our kids ready for their first day of school. Part of me was disappointed that summer had flown by so quickly. However, it was…
  • Sep 17

    End-of-Life Planning: Estate Planning at its Core

    End-of-Life Planning: Estate Planning at its Core
    As estate planning attorneys, we do many things for clients: We help clients plan for their own disability; We help clients decide who will manage their assets and care for them when they are sick; We help clients decide what will happen with…
  • Sep 15

    Denial of Death Influences Estate Planning

    Denial of Death Influences Estate Planning
    Why is it so hard to get folks to do estate planning? The tendency to put off this important part of life can be attributed to the Terror Management Theory proposed by Dr. Ernest Becker in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Denial of Death.…
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Mendel Law Firm Blog

Mendel Law Firm Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.mendellawfirm.com/blog/
  • Sep 19

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

    Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?
    Selena Quintanilla-Perez (1971-1995) – Singer, Songwriter & Dancer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, known as Selena, was an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. At the age of twelve she released her first record…
  • Sep 17

    Thought for the Day:

    Thought for the Day:
    Limitations live only in our minds.  But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. Jamie Paolinetti
  • Sep 17

    A Strange Historical Fact

    A Strange Historical Fact
    American history is full of strange and mostly forgotten facts that we cannot believe to be true when we first hear about them. Yet, they are true. One such fact is that it was a mistake to designate money in a Will to be used to free slaves…
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Elder Law Prof Blog

Elder Law Prof Blog

Edited by Kim Dayton, Rebecca C. Morgan and Katherine C. Pearson.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/elder_law/
  • Sep 18

    Institute of Medicine-New report: Committee on Approaching Death

    Institute of Medicine-New report: Committee on Approaching Death
    The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has released a new report on end of life issues. The report, Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life was released on September 17,…
  • Sep 18

    Home, Housing & Boomer

    Home, Housing & Boomer
    My colleague and dear friend Mark Bauer (current chair of the Aging & Law AALS section) sent me a link to an article published in CityLab. The article is titled Where Are the Baby Boomers Going to Live Out Their...
  • Sep 17

    Moving Video from Cleveland Clinic

    Moving Video from Cleveland Clinic
    If you haven't seen this yet, it's worth watching--and showing to your class. Titled Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care, the video runs just over 4 minutes. It can be accessed here. (Thanks to Judy Stein, Executive Director for...
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Parman & Easterday Blog

Parman & Easterday Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.parmanlaw.com/blog/
  • Sep 18

    What Are the Components of a Basic Estate Plan?

    What Are the Components of a Basic Estate Plan?
    If you are going through life without an estate plan, you are shirking a basic responsibility. It can seem as though the matter is only relevant to senior citizens, but people of all ages do pass away unexpectedly each and every day. When you…
  • Sep 16

    What Happens to a Living Trust When One Spouse Dies?

    What Happens to a Living Trust When One Spouse Dies?
    You should explore all of your options when you are planning your estate. Some people make assumptions about trusts, and as a result, they overlook viable solutions. Revocable living trusts are actually quite useful for a wide range of…
  • Sep 11

    Can I Plan My Own Estate?

    Can I Plan My Own Estate?
    You can do a lot of things on your own by obtaining information online. DIY efforts can be useful, but you should understand your limitations. This is something to take into consideration when you hear about downloads or worksheets that you…
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Florida Elder Law and Estate…

Florida Elder Law and Estate Planning

Provides news and views on current topics in elder law, estate planning, wills and trusts, caregiver issues, probate and estate administration, Medicaid and Veterans benefits, other issues of importance to seniors and their families. By Joseph S. Karp.

http://karplaw.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 18

    New reverse mortgage rule to protect non-borrower spouse

    New reverse mortgage rule to protect non-borrower spouse
    The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a new rule to protect spouses of of reverse mortgage holders from eviction after the borrower passes away.  To qualify for a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), the most…
  • Sep 13

    Karp Law Firm at Alzheimer's Association Lunch of Laughter

    Karp Law Firm at Alzheimer's Association Lunch of Laughter
    The Karp Law Firm helped sponsor the recent Alzheimer's Association "Lunch of Laughter" at the West Palm Beach Improv. All proceeds from the fundraiser benefited the Walk to End Alzheimer's. The Karp Law Firm will also…
  • Sep 12

    Retirees with student debt a growing problem

    Retirees with student debt a growing problem
    It's no secret: There's a student debt crisis in this country. But who imagined that student debt is a growing problem for the senior population? While few households headed by individuals 65 or older carry student loans, there has been a…
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Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

Covers disability and social security, elder law, and VA benefits.

http://legalnewsyoucanuse.com/
  • Sep 18

    Camp Lejeune Claim Favorably Resolved – After Action Report

    Camp Lejeune Claim Favorably Resolved – After Action Report
    This week, we had the good fortune of discussing ancillary benefits for a Marine Corps veteran who was granted service connection and 100% P&T for disabilities related to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) exposure while…
  • Sep 18

    National Panel Encourages Greater Use of Palliative Care at End of Life

    National Panel Encourages Greater Use of Palliative Care at End of Life
    Today it was reported that a nonpartisan 21-member committee appointed by the federal Institute of Medicine, which is the independent research arm of the National Academy of Sciences, has issued the results of its investigation into…
  • Sep 15

    Myth: “Medicaid doesn’t count the annual exclusion gifts”

    Myth: “Medicaid doesn’t count the annual exclusion gifts”
    A few days ago I met with a new client whose elderly relative had given out $12,000 gifts per person to a set of favorite relatives about 4 years ago because someone at the bank told her that if the … Continue reading →  A…
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Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Anderson, Dorn & Rader, Ltd. Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts in Nevada.

http://www.wealth-counselors.com/blog/
  • Sep 18

    Who Should be the Successor Trustee of a Family Trust?

    Who Should be the Successor Trustee of a Family Trust?
    Choosing who should be the successor trustee of a family trust can be a very difficult decision.  The successor trustee will be the person who administers the trust assets after you become incapacitated or die. The successor trustee…
  • Sep 10

    How Important is Estate Liquidity?

    How Important is Estate Liquidity?
    One of the primary goals of estate planning is to help your loved ones after your death, both financially and emotionally. Adequate planning can help minimize the financial burden and stress on those you leave behind. Building liquidity into…
  • Sep 3

    Should I Amend my Trust If I Buy or Sell Assets?

    Should I Amend my Trust If I Buy or Sell Assets?
    A revocable living trust can be amended whenever necessary, during your lifetime.  When clients buy a new house or car, they may ask, “should I amend my trust?”  If you are simply purchasing an asset, it is not necessary…
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South Carolina Nursing Home Blog

South Carolina Nursing Home Blog

Covers nursing home abuse and litigation. By Poliakoff & Associates.

http://www.scnursinghomelaw.com/
  • Sep 18

    90 year old man left in sun for 3 hours, barely alive

    90 year old man left in sun for 3 hours, barely alive
    A 90 year old man was left outside in the sun for three hours. Aristocrat, the nursing home where the man lived, wheeled the man outside and forgot about him. The man was nonresponsive when they brought him back into the facility, according…
  • Sep 17

    80 year old man Slapped by Caregiver

    80 year old man Slapped by Caregiver
    Taneka Kiera Hopkins worked at a South Haven nursing home when she was charged with second-degree elder abuse after abusing an 80 year old bedridden patient. Hopkins slapped the man and treated him roughly. The police caught on to Hopkins…
  • Sep 15

    What Would You Do With $10,000?

    What Would You Do With $10,000?
    One nursing home is answering that question the same way that they always live their lives: by giving to others. The Randolph County Nursing Home houses a number of residents, including Merlene Brown. Brown had a mastectomy 13 years ago and…
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The Zimmer Law Firm

The Zimmer Law Firm

Covers elder law, estate planning, Medicaid, probate, wills and trusts.

http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/blog/
  • Sep 18

    Estate Planning Gone Wrong

    Estate Planning Gone Wrong
    Good for you–you have decided to invest some time into engaging in proper estate planning to make sure that all of your wishes are carried out upon your death or incapacitation. But what could possibly go wrong? Here are a few things…
  • Sep 16

    Cincinnati Gift Tax: Can I Give Tax-Free Gifts to My Children?

    Cincinnati Gift Tax: Can I Give Tax-Free Gifts to My Children?
    When you hear about the existence of the federal gift tax, you may wonder if you can give tax-free gifts to your children. Have you been breaking the law all these years by failing to pay taxes on holiday gifts? Let’s look at the answer…
  • Sep 11

    Medicaid in Cincinnati: Is It Only for the Poor?

    Medicaid in Cincinnati: Is It Only for the Poor?
    It would be logical to tune out the subject of Medicaid if you are a working person who will be qualified for Medicare someday. After all, Medicaid is a health insurance program for the poor, right? You have never been poor. Why would you…
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Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A.…

Deborah Sexton Law Office, P. A. Blog

Covers estate planning and elder law.

http://www.arkansas-estateplanning.com/blog/
  • Sep 18

    What is an ILIT?

    What is an ILIT?
    You may have heard the term, or seen the acronym, “ILIT” and wondered what is an ILIT?  It refers to an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust, and it can be a very valuable estate planning tool.  An irrevocable trust…
  • Sep 15

    What is the Medicaid Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance?

    What is the Medicaid Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance?
    Most of us know that, in order to qualify for Medicaid, you have to have pretty limited income and assets.  The assets you do have, with a few exceptions, must be used to help pay for your medical expenses in certain situations. …
  • Sep 11

    Why Should I Create a Living Trust?

    Why Should I Create a Living Trust?
    There are several good reasons for creating a living trust, in addition to simply avoiding probate.  Some of the most important benefits of a living trust are being able to protect property for your beneficiary, reducing estate taxes,…
Rank this Week: 4148

German Law Group Blog

German Law Group Blog

Covers estate planning.

http://www.germanlawgroup.com/
  • Sep 18

    Take Time When Choosing an Agent

    Take Time When Choosing an Agent
    When you make a power of attorney you will select an agent, also called an attorney-in-fact who will represent your interests or make decisions on your behalf. Through the power of attorney document you create you will grant your attorney…
  • Sep 16

    3 Big Mistakes in Special Needs Planning

    3 Big Mistakes in Special Needs Planning
    A special needs plan is an essential piece of any estate plan for people who have special needs family members. Whether you have a child with disabilities, or an adult child or relative who is unable to care for his or her personal or…
  • Sep 11

    When I Write a Will, What Does it Cover?

    When I Write a Will, What Does it Cover?
    When people in Minnesota create an estate plan, those plans will rely on several different tools, such as a last will and testament. It’s important for you to understand what each of these tools does if you want to get the most out of…
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Law Office of Roy W. Litherland…

Law Office of Roy W. Litherland Blog

Covers estate planning, probate and living trusts.

http://www.attorneyoffice.com/blog/
  • Sep 18

    Can I Be Held Responsible for a Parent’s Nursing Home Expenses?

    Can I Be Held Responsible for a Parent’s Nursing Home Expenses?
    Nursing home expenses are a very big cause of concern within the elder care community. The post Can I Be Held Responsible for a Parent’s Nursing Home Expenses? appeared first on Law Office of Roy W. Litherland.
  • Sep 17

    Gifting Money to Your Children AFTER You’ve Entered a Nursing Home (An Elder Law Today Blog)

    Gifting Money to Your Children AFTER You’ve Entered a Nursing Home (An Elder Law Today Blog)
    There are so many misconceptions surrounding Medi-Cal with respect to financial gifts, that we thought we would address some of the more frequently asked questions The post Gifting Money to Your Children AFTER You’ve Entered a Nursing…
  • Sep 16

    Do I Need Anything In Addition to My Last Will?

    Do I Need Anything In Addition to My Last Will?
    If you had a last will, you would need incapacity documents as well. However, you don't necessarily have to use a last will to facilitate asset transfers to your loved ones. The post Do I Need Anything In Addition to My Last Will? appeared…
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Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Nash Nash Bean & Ford, LLP Blog

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.nashbeanford.com/blog/
  • Sep 17

    How Soon Can I Get Medicaid in Illinois?

    How Soon Can I Get Medicaid in Illinois?
    Though you may not realize it, there is a very good chance that you will someday need to qualify for benefits offered by the Medicaid program. The reason for this is that unlike most other health insurance plans or policies, Medicaid covers…
  • Sep 10

    Estate Planning Lessons from the Late Robin William

    Estate Planning Lessons from the Late Robin William
    In the United States we are fascinated, sometimes obsessed, with celebrities. When a celebrity dies, we often turn that interest toward the estate left behind by the celebrity. How much money was left behind? What gets his/her money? It…
  • Sep 8

    Medicaid Planning: What Can the Healthy Spouse Keep?

    Medicaid Planning: What Can the Healthy Spouse Keep?
    Medicaid is very important to a significant percentage of senior citizens, because Medicare will not pay for long-term care. Because Medicaid is a need-based program, there are income and asset limits. People who were never financially needy…
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Nursing Home Law Blog

Nursing Home Law Blog

Information relating to nursing homes and the care that they provide. By Stark & Stark.

http://nursinghomelaw.stark-stark.com/
  • Sep 17

    Front-Line Healthcare Workers: The Most Important Resource in Delivering Quality Care

    Front-Line Healthcare Workers: The Most Important Resource in Delivering Quality Care
    Nursing homes, in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, must maintain enough nursing staff to provide nursing care, and related services, to their residents to maintain the residents’ physical, mental, and social well-being. In facilities across…
  • Sep 9

    The Real Costs of Medical Care

    The Real Costs of Medical Care
    News source Health Law 360 today reported that nursing home owner Ralex Services agreed to pay $2.2 Million after a whistleblower came forward and revealed to the government that the company was overstating to Medicaid the level of care…
  • Sep 9

    The Real Costs of Medical Care

    The Real Costs of Medical Care
    News source Health Law 360 today reported that nursing home owner Ralex Services agreed to pay $2.2 Million after a whistleblower came forward and revealed to the government that the company was overstating to Medicaid the level of care…
Rank this Week: 1217

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates,…

Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. Blog

Covers Connecticut estate planning, probate and elder law.

http://www.preserveyourestate.net/blog/
  • Sep 17

    The Legacy of Jerry Bu

    The Legacy of Jerry Bu
    Legacy planning is something to consider when you are thinking about the future. It is important to take care of the practical side of things and properly arrange for the transfer of your assets to your loved ones of course. However, many…
  • Sep 15

    Inheritance Assumptions May Not Be Wise

    Inheritance Assumptions May Not Be Wise
    Of course nobody wants to see their parents or grandparents pass away, and when this takes place it can be emotionally devastating. That being stated, everyone does pass away. As a result it would be disingenuous to suggest that people do not…
  • Sep 12

    Three Things a Revocable Living Trust Won’t Accomplish

    Three Things a Revocable Living Trust Won’t Accomplish
    Revocable living trusts are largely utilized to enable probate avoidance. Probate is a legal process, and it takes place under the auspices of the probate court. People often times try to avoid this process because it is time-consuming, it…
Rank this Week: 3818

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Wisconsin Estate Planning

Covers Wisconsin estate planning, elder law, probate and trust administration, real estate law, business organization, and individual income tax preparation. By Tesar Law Group, S.C.

http://blog.tesarlaw.com/
  • Sep 17

    Leaving an Inheritance vs. Giving to Charity

    Leaving an Inheritance vs. Giving to Charity
    Whether you wish to leave you estate to a charity or your family, you should take steps to create a plan that accomplishes what you want.
  • Sep 15

    Doctors Need to Know: Who is the Decision-Maker?

    Doctors Need to Know: Who is the Decision-Maker?
    Not only is it important to properly plan and have Power of Attorney documents in place, but it is just as important to make sure all the right parties know of their existence.
  • Sep 12

    Estate Tax Liabilities and Life Insurance

    Estate Tax Liabilities and Life Insurance
    Life Insurance can be a useful tool to deal with estate tax liabilities or balancing ones estate among beneficiaries if properly utilized.
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California Nursing Home Abuse…

California Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog

Covers various nursing home abuse and elder neglect issues such as signs and symptoms of neglect, and California Elder Abuse and Neglect Law. By Walton Law Firm LLP.

http://www.nursinghomeabuselawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 17

    Northern California Nursing Home Sued for Overmedicating Resident

    Northern California Nursing Home Sued for Overmedicating Resident
    Nursing homes in California should take note of the negative publicity surrounding elder abuse and assisted-living facilities in our state.  A recent article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel described serious nursing home abuse…
  • Sep 10

    Sacramento Lawyer Charged with Elder Abuse

    Sacramento Lawyer Charged with Elder Abuse
    A recent article in the Sacramento Bee reported on an attorney in the northern California area who was charged with financial elder abuse.  At the Walton Law Firm, we take elder financial abuse very seriously.  As…
  • Sep 3

    Behind the Medicare Star Rating System

    Behind the Medicare Star Rating System
    History of the Star Rating System A recent New York Times article discussed the danger of trusting the Medicare star rating system, providing as an example a five-star nursing home facility in California with a history of elder…
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New York Elder Law Attorney Blog

New York Elder Law Attorney Blog

By Ettinger Law Firm.

http://www.newyorkelderlawattorneyblog.com/
  • Sep 17

    Tips for an Effective Home Downsizing Plan

    Tips for an Effective Home Downsizing Plan
    While more people are beginning to draft estate planning documents like a will, trusts, and power of attorney forms they forget that estate planning can also be utilized to make more immediate changes in your life. One of the biggest changes…
  • Sep 11

    A Better Flu Shot for Senior

    A Better Flu Shot for Senior
    For the last four years, doctors, pharmacies, and medical clinics have all offered seniors a higher dose version of the annual flu shot. At the time that the vaccine was released the science was lacking but the hope from medical professionals…
  • Sep 9

    Medicare Ratings Allow Nursing Homes to Game the System

    Medicare Ratings Allow Nursing Homes to Game the System
    Only one-fifth of all 15,000 nursing homes in the nation hold the distinction of a five star rating by the Medicare system, but an examination into the process has found that many top ranked nursing homes have been given their rating due to…
Rank this Week: 1709

Northern California Center for…

Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

Covers estate planning.

http://www.norcalplanners.com/blog/
  • Sep 17

    3 Tips for Incapacity Planning

    3 Tips for Incapacity Planning
    Regardless of your age or circumstances, everyone  should have an incapacity plan. The law allows capable adults to make decisions about what they want to happen to them should they lose their ability to communicate or make choices. This…
  • Sep 16

    Serving Under a Power of Attorney: Commonly Asked Question

    Serving Under a Power of Attorney: Commonly Asked Question
    If you are ever asked to serve as an agent under a power of attorney, there are several issues you will need to consider before you accept. Serving as an agent comes with both responsibilities and privileges. The person asking you to serve as…
  • Sep 15

    Approaching Estate Planning When You’re Married

    Approaching Estate Planning When You’re Married
    Beginning the estate planning process is not always something people like to consider, but it is something that everyone, and especially married couples, needs to do. For married couples, the basic issues that your estate plan will have to…
Rank this Week: 4463

Western New York Elder Law Blog

Western New York Elder Law Blog

Covers New York estate planning, probate, elder law and health care issues. By Dutcher & Zatkowsky.

http://www.dutcher-zatkowsky.com
  • Sep 17

    Rivers’s Pets Will Be Taken Care Of

    Rivers’s Pets Will Be Taken Care Of
    Comedian Joan Rivers did a thoughtful job taking care of her family in her will – and didn’t forget her pets. Rivers had a simple estate plan. Unmarried at her death, she left the bulk of her estate to her sole daughter, Melissa,…
  • Sep 10

    Estate Planning: Things You May Have Overlooked

    Estate Planning: Things You May Have Overlooked
    Most people know they need a will, a health care directive and even a power of attorney as part of their estate plan. Of late, many people are even remembering to list their online accounts and passwords in papers given to loved ones. A story…
  • Sep 3

    Caregivers can lose retirement money

    Caregivers can lose retirement money
    Caregiving for an ailing family member can be difficult in many ways. It takes its toll emotionally and physically. That’s obvious. However, an article in the New York Times suggests it also takes a toll financially on the caregiver,…
Rank this Week: 1575

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin,…

Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin, P.C. Blog

Covers elder law.

http://lamkinelderlaw.com/articles/
  • Sep 16

    What to Know Before You Withdraw Your Retirement Fund

    What to Know Before You Withdraw Your Retirement Fund
    The longer you live, the more situations you will encounter where cash would certainly come in handy. Whether you face significant medical expenses, incur debt in an upside-down mortgage, or simply could use more liquidity in terms of assets…
  • Sep 2

    Elder Scam Artists – How to Beat Them at Their Own Game – Part 2

    Elder Scam Artists – How to Beat Them at Their Own Game – Part 2
    According to the FBI, senior citizens are one of the most vulnerable groups of people targeted by scam artists. Over the past year, there have been thousands of cases of fraud against elderly adults. Some of these schemes include healthcare…
  • Aug 26

    Elder Scam Artists – How to Beat Them at Their Own Game – Part 1

    Elder Scam Artists – How to Beat Them at Their Own Game – Part 1
    No matter what age, all people are somewhat vulnerable to expert scam artists. They prey on desires and fears, and try to trick people into giving them personal information. Most people, however, have a healthy enough dose of skepticism to…
Rank this Week: 4921

The Official Medicare Blog and…

The Official Medicare Blog and Information Resource

Follows the issues related to Medicare Set Asides and MMSEA compliance. By MEDVAL, LLC.

http://www.medval.com/blog/
  • Sep 16

    NGHP Mandatory Insurer Reporting Alert: Final Five Digits of SSN is the New Minimum Requirement for Reporting, Effective 01/05/2015

    NGHP Mandatory Insurer Reporting Alert: Final Five Digits of SSN is the New Minimum Requirement for Reporting, Effective 01/05/2015
    CMS has issued an Alert that effective 01/05/15, if an individual’s HICN or full SSN cannot be obtained, reporting can still occur as long as the individual’s last five digits of SSN, first and last name, date of birth and gender…
  • Sep 3

    Paying Medicare Does Not Stop MSP Private Cause of Action Once Filed

    Paying Medicare Does Not Stop MSP Private Cause of Action Once Filed
    In the latest installment of what constitutes a private cause of action under the MSP, the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky entered summary judgment on September 2, 2014 in favor of the estate of a Medicare beneficiary…
  • Aug 21

    Notice of Upcoming Enhancement to the WCMSAP

    Notice of Upcoming Enhancement to the WCMSAP
    CMS posted an alert on the Workers’ Compensation Set-Aside Web Portal (WCMSAP) page indicating a new feature to be available as of October 6, 2014. As of this date, portal users will be able to enter prescription drug information…
Rank this Week: 907

Arizona Senior Law Blog

Arizona Senior Law Blog

Covers topics like Arizona Medicaid, ALTCS, and estate planning. By Jackson White.

http://www.arizonaseniorlaw.com/news/
  • Sep 16

    How to Secure Disabled Child’s Future

    How to Secure Disabled Child’s Future
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Q: I have an adult son with a disability.  He lives on his own, but I have supported…
  • Aug 26

    ALTCS Enforces Travel Limitation

    ALTCS Enforces Travel Limitation
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Q: My husband and I live in Arizona, but most of our family lives out-of-state.  Like…
  • Aug 12

    Intersection on VA and ALTCS Planning

    Intersection on VA and ALTCS Planning
    Our latest Arizona Republic article in the weekly Aging and the Law column can be found below. Our column runs every Friday in select Arizona cities. Q: About two years ago, a financial advisor helped my parents devise a plan by which my dad,…
Rank this Week: 4634

Planning Notes

Planning Notes

Covers fundamental concepts relevant to estate planning, business law, real estate law, and tax law. By Cook & Cook.

http://cooklaw.co/blog
  • Sep 16

    U.S. Federal Trademark Filing

    U.S. Federal Trademark Filing
    In 2013, more than 300,000 trademarks and service marks were filed across 45 different classes of goods and services with the United States Patent & Trademark ("USPTO"); however, less than 200,000 trademarks were registered by the USPTO…
  • Aug 29

    ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge Trademark Filing

    ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge Trademark Filing
    The ALS Association has filed an application to register a federal trademark for "Ice Bucket Challenge", the viral sensation that has swept the nation this summer. Although most Americans likely associate "Ice Bucket Challenge" with the ALS…
  • Jul 30

    What is a Family Limited Partnership?

    What is a Family Limited Partnership?
    A family limited partnership, or FLP, can allow a taxpayer to leverage two federal tax devices in conjunction with a technique known as “discounting” in order to reduce the amount of federal tax imposed at the time of that…
Rank this Week: 2589

Michigan Nursing Home Lawyer

Michigan Nursing Home Lawyer

By Daniel L. Buckfire.

http://www.michigannursinghomelawyer.org
  • Sep 16

    Which Michigan nursing home lawyer has a “no fee unless you win” agreement?

    Which Michigan nursing home lawyer has a “no fee unless you win” agreement?
    Our Michigan nursing home lawyers will represent you under our “No Fee Unless You Win” agreement.  Also called a contingency fee agreement, this means that we will handle your case from start to finish and we do not…
  • Sep 16

    How much time does it take for a nursing home case in Michigan?

    How much time does it take for a nursing home case in Michigan?
    A Michigan nursing home case can take several years from start to finish.  The first step in the process is for our legal and medical team to get all of the nursing home records and hospital records.  If there wa
  • Sep 16

    Who can bring a Michigan nursing home lawsuit?

    Who can bring a Michigan nursing home lawsuit?
    A Michigan nursing home lawsuit can be brought by the resident, a family member, or a court appointed representative like a guardian or conservator.  If the resident is not competent to bring suit, then the lawsuit is typically filed by
Rank this Week: 4579

Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing Home Abuse

Features nursing home abuse updates, articles and resources. By McIver Brown Law Firm.

http://www.nursinghomeabuse.net/blog/
  • Sep 16

    Caregiver Charged With Elder Abuse in California

    Caregiver Charged With Elder Abuse in California
    A 42-year-old woman from Salinas, California who was employed to look after an elderly person has pleaded no contest to elder abuse. Daisy Yolanda Ramirez was hired in 2009 but over the course of the following few years Monterey Police...Read…
  • Sep 9

    Nursing Home Abuse Victims Speak Out Against Care Worker Charged With Elder Abuse

    Nursing Home Abuse Victims Speak Out Against Care Worker Charged With Elder Abuse
    A 24-year-old woman has been fired from her role and charged with elder abuse and neglect after two nursing home residents told deputies that she abandoned them. Andria Martice Lawson was employed at Sumter Valley Health and Rehabilitation…
  • Sep 4

    Woman Charged With Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect of Two Vulnerable Resident

    Woman Charged With Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect of Two Vulnerable Resident
    A 24-year-old woman has been fired from her role and charged with elder abuse and neglect after two nursing home residents told deputies that she abandoned them. Andria Martice Lawson was employed at Sumter Valley Health and Rehabilitation…
Rank this Week: 3937

Arkansas Legal Issues

Arkansas Legal Issues

By Wilson & Haubert, PLLC.

http://whlawoffices.com/little-rock-lawyer-arkansas-law-blog/
  • Sep 16

    My First Pro Bono Case

    My First Pro Bono Case
    This is the second installment of my first-year lawyer “firsts.” My goal is *to deliberately set* aside some time to look back over my first year as a lawyer. I’m hoping to learn; I’m hoping to be encouraged; and…
  • Sep 10

    My First Day in Court

    My First Day in Court
    This is the first in what I hope to be a series of posts on new-lawyer “firsts.” I’ve been doing this lawyering thing a year now, and I haven’t had a chance to do any formal introspection. Today, then, is the first…
  • Sep 5

    July 2014 Arkansas Bar Exam Result

    July 2014 Arkansas Bar Exam Result
    Congratulations to all those who passed the July 2014 Arkansas Bar Exam! It has already been an entire year, but I vividly remember the visceral feeling of relief after getting those results. What a day it was! If you worked to pass, you…
Rank this Week: 4535

The Law Office of Michael…

The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C.

Covers elder law and estate planning.

http://www.mrobinsonlaw.com/blog/
  • Sep 16

    What Is a Payable on Death Account?

    What Is a Payable on Death Account?
    There are many different ways to facilitate future asset transfers, and some of them are more effective than others. Before you make any decisions, you would do well to discuss your options with a licensed estate planning attorney. People…
  • Sep 11

    What Is a Family Limited Partnership?

    What Is a Family Limited Partnership?
    A family limited partnership can be useful if you are interested in asset protection, and there can also be estate tax benefits. Let’s look at the details. Asset Protection Anyone can be the target of a lawsuit, but there are people who…
  • Sep 9

    What Are the Drawbacks of Probate?

    What Are the Drawbacks of Probate?
    Everyone has heard of the estate planning device called a last will. Because this document is synonymous with estate planning, you may assume that a last will can facilitate fast and efficient asset transfers. You are keeping it simple when…
Rank this Week: 4180

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Crider Law P.C. Blog

Covers elder law, estate planning and family law.

http://www.criderlaw.net/blog/
  • Sep 15

    Five Estate Planning Lessons from Frozen

    Five Estate Planning Lessons from Frozen
    Over the weekend my family and I watched Frozen at Movies in the Park. Frozen is Disney’s reinterpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ice Queen fairy tale.  As I watched the movie for the umpteenth…
  • Jul 31

    NAMI Offer Help In Difficult Area Of Special Needs Estate Planning

    NAMI Offer Help In Difficult Area Of Special Needs Estate Planning
    In the Oscar-winning 1979 documentary “Best Boy,” director Ira Wohl spent three years filming the life and times of his middle-aged cousin, a New York City man with a developmental disability everyone called Philly, although his…
  • Jul 31

    NAMI Offer Help In Difficult Area Of Special Needs Estate Planning

    NAMI Offer Help In Difficult Area Of Special Needs Estate Planning
    In the Oscar-winning 1979 documentary “Best Boy,” director Ira Wohl spent three years filming the life and times of his middle-aged cousin, a New York City man with a developmental disability everyone called Philly, although his…
Rank this Week: 2803

Aging & Law in West Virginia

Aging & Law in West Virginia

Features a case of the week. By West Virginia Senior Legal Aid.

http://seniorlegalaid.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 15

    Senior Legal Aid's Greatest Hit

    Senior Legal Aid's Greatest Hit
    We've served over 12,000 senior West Virginians over the past 15+ years. We've gotten questions about a broad variety of civil legal issues: consumer, healthcare, landlord/tenant, home ownership, family law, planning for incapacity,…
  • Aug 15

    Happy 10th Birthday, Aging & Law in WV Blawg!

    Happy 10th Birthday, Aging & Law in WV Blawg!
    Make a wish, blow out the candles, we've reached the double digits! It's hard to believe it's been 10 years that we've had this blawg going, but here we are. Looking forward to the next 10! Thank you to every reader, and special thanks to our…
  • Aug 14

    WVSLA celebrates Rainbow Pride Week!

    WVSLA celebrates Rainbow Pride Week!
    This year's theme is "All Together Now. . ." a recognition that no matter how diverse our communities are, when it comes to things like equality, love, and understanding, we speak with a united voice. In our state capital there are…
Rank this Week: 2022

Cooper Elder Law

Cooper Elder Law

Covers Ohio estate planning, nursing home protection and qualifying for veterans benefits. By Thom L. Cooper Company, LPA.

http://cooperelderlaw.com/our-blog/
  • Sep 15

    Cooper certified as elder law specialist

    Cooper certified as elder law specialist
    COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) announced that 19 attorneys have been certified as legal specialists in elder law. The Supreme Court Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists accredited the OSBA to certify…
  • Aug 12

    How a Trust Affects Your Ohio Homestead Exemption

    How a Trust Affects Your Ohio Homestead Exemption
    By Tricia Applegate Do I still qualify for the Homestead Exemption if my home is in a Trust? The short answer is yes, with a few provisions. The State of Ohio states: You are eligible for the homestead exemption if all of the following are…
  • Aug 11

    What is HIPAA?

    What is HIPAA?
    By: JM Megail Gaumer HIPAA stands for “Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act”. The law was adopted in 1996 to, among many other complicated provisions, protect patients' personal information (a.k.a. protected…
Rank this Week: 874

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Law Offices of Cheryl David

Covers estate planning and elder law in North Carolina.

http://www.cheryldavid.com/blog/
  • Sep 15

    Your Estate Plan Will Change as You Age – Part 2

    Your Estate Plan Will Change as You Age – Part 2
    Last week we looked at how the average North Carolina estate plan will change over time. This week we are going to continue our exploration of the common changes that take place with your plan as you age by looking at additional issues that…
  • Sep 7

    Probate Terms in North Carolina

    Probate Terms in North Carolina
    A lot of clients come to our office because they have questions or concerns about probate terms in North Carolina. Though many of the horror stories people have heard about probate are wildly overblown, there are serious issues with which you…
  • Sep 3

    Basic Estate Planning Questions – What is a Revocable Living Trust?

    Basic Estate Planning Questions – What is a Revocable Living Trust?
    In today’s entry in our ongoing series on basic estate planning questions, we are going to ask what is a revocable living trust. A common part of many estate plans, revocable living trusts have become increasingly popular in recent…
Rank this Week: 2535

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning…

Marshall Elder & Estate Planning Blog

Covers Pennsylvania and national elder law and estate planning issues. By Jeffrey A. Marshall.

http://marshallelder.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1673

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Blog

Covers guardianship, Medicaid, probate and estate administration.

http://www.hauptmanlaw.com/blog
  • Sep 14

    Can I Leave the House to my Children and not my Spouse? (Part 2)

    Can I Leave the House to my Children and not my Spouse? (Part 2)
                    Last week I was telling you about Sara, who called about her Mom.  Dad left the house to Sara and her sisters but because of something called the…
  • Sep 7

    Can I Leave the House to my Children instead of my Spouse?

    Can I Leave the House to my Children instead of my Spouse?
                    Sara called because her mom, living at home, needed nursing home care and would need Medicaid after spending down her remaining $20,000 of…
  • Sep 1

    Little Known Law May Help Seniors Needing Long Term Care (Part 2)

    Little Known Law May Help Seniors Needing Long Term Care (Part 2)
                    Last week we were discussing a little known law that can be a boon to seniors.  The Pension Protection Act of 2006 contains provisions that allow…
Rank this Week: 4555

Estate Law Canada

Estate Law Canada

Covers estate planning topics, trusts, probate, Enduring Powers of Attorney, health care directives, incapacity issues and elder law. By Lynne Butler.

http://estatelawcanada.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 14

    How the rich die - bizarre celebrity last wills and testament

    How the rich die - bizarre celebrity last wills and testament
    Here's a bit of light reading for the weekend. Click here to read an article from www.fad-nation.com that gives a short list of what they consider bizarre wills and estates. The attached picture accompanied the article mentioned.
  • Sep 11

    Doctors impose DNR order, ignore family's pleas, leading to patient's death

    Doctors impose DNR order, ignore family's pleas, leading to patient's death
    You might be aware that recently doctors in Toronto did not assist Douglas DeGuerre, an elderly man who was having a heart attack, with the result that Mr. DeGuerre died. He was very sick with heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions,…
  • Sep 8

    How an executor should handle life insurance proceed

    How an executor should handle life insurance proceed
    Here is a brief but very useful article from James Dolan at advisor.ca that talks about how an executor handles life insurance policies in an estate administration. It has realistic tips and information, and even touches on whether or not an…
Rank this Week: 231

Rule of Law

Rule of Law

Covers British Columbia wills, trusts and estates law, elder law and estate litigation. By Stan Rule.

http://rulelaw.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 454

Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Blog

Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Blog

Covers Illinois nursing homes and information for nursing home residents, family members, ombudsmen, resident advocates, elder law attorneys and nursing home staff. By Levin & Perconti.

http://blog.levinperconti.com/
  • Sep 14

    Omnicare Sues Nursing Home

    Omnicare Sues Nursing Home
    The pharmaceutical company Omnicare is a company largely in the news as it relates to accusations and allegations of fraud against taxpayers by the nursing homes and long-term care facilities with which it does business. These has stemmed…
  • Sep 12

    Weight Loss Surgery May Reduce Chances of Alzheimer’

    Weight Loss Surgery May Reduce Chances of Alzheimer’
    Many residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities suffer from psychological illnesses, such as Alzheimer's and other types of dementia. For these patients, they are supposed to receive a tailored care plan that doctors, nurses and…
  • Sep 11

    Movement to Reduce Use of Antipsychotic Medications Slow to Take Hold

    Movement to Reduce Use of Antipsychotic Medications Slow to Take Hold
    As we have previously discussed, the use of antipsychotic drugs on resident patients of nursing homes and long-term care facilities has been a controversial issue for years and years. Antipsychotic medications historically have been used to…
Rank this Week: 162

New Jersey Elder Abuse and Neglect…

New Jersey Elder Abuse and Neglect Forum

Covers nursing home / elder abuse law in the State of New Jersey. By Donna Russo.

http://www.njelderabuselaw.com/
  • Sep 13

    Elder Abuse By Home Health Care Aide

    Elder Abuse By Home Health Care Aide
    The family of a 99 year old Staten Island husband and father wanted him to live at home and spend his final years with dignity.  The family discovered, through use of videos obtained through cameras installed in the home, that the…
  • Aug 27

    Nursing Home Abuse: Congress Seeks Briefing From Medicare Regarding “Five Star” Rating

    Nursing Home Abuse: Congress Seeks Briefing From Medicare Regarding “Five Star” Rating
    Washington, DC (Aug. 26, 2014)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting a briefing to…
  • Aug 27

    Nursing Home Abuse: The New York Times Reports Medicare Ratings Allow Nursing Homes To Game The System

    Nursing Home Abuse: The New York Times Reports Medicare Ratings Allow Nursing Homes To Game The System
    On August 25, 2014, The New York Times published an extensive article on the issue that nursing homes are using Medicare five star ratings as a seal of approval when in reality , the nursing homes are providing Medicare with incomplete…
Rank this Week: 3003

Chicago Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer…

Chicago Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog

By Ed Fox & Associates.

http://www.chicagonursinghomeabuselawyer-blog.com/
  • Sep 12

    Illinois: Cameras in Nursing Homes?

    Illinois: Cameras in Nursing Homes?
    Concerns surface over whether or not video cameras should be used in nursing homes to monitor staff's behavior towards residents as proposed by Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan. Cameras could help deter nursing home abuse and neglect…
  • Sep 5

    New Illinois Law proposes minimum direct care nurse hour

    New Illinois Law proposes minimum direct care nurse hour
    Our Chicago Nursing Home abuse firm has been tracking recent legislative activity within the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL 9th District) has proposed a bill that, if put into effect,…
  • Sep 2

    Reports of Elder Abuse rise in DuPage County

    Reports of Elder Abuse rise in DuPage County
    As DuPage County's demographics have changed, so have the number of reports of elder abuse. As documented in the Doings, a Chicago Sun-Times Publication, as of halfway through 2014 DuPage County has already reported 297 cases of elder abuse.…
Rank this Week: 3249