Section Newsletter Articles on Elder Law
Shades of gray matter: Serving the client with diminishing capacity
, February 2011
The likelihood elder law attorneys will be dealing with greater numbers of clients with diminished capacity continues to increase. New Rule 1.14 of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct and the ABA/APA Handbook for Lawyers can work together to best maintain the normal client-lawyer relationship.
Who’s in charge?
, February 2011
Important contact information for Congressional leadership.
New Medicaid rules harm women, seniors
Women and the Law
, October 2010
The Federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 imposes harsh penalties against seniors who gift money for any reason to family members and charities, since it presumes the money was transferred to qualify for Medicaid long-term care benefits.
Not just a bill
, June 2010
HB 6477, which revises the Illinois Power of Attorney Act to minimize abuses, has passed the Illinois General Assembly and is ready for the Governor to sign.
Case note: In re the Estate of Fallos
, April 2010
The court in this case discussed the trend toward limited guardianships and found that they should be encouraged when a person is not totally without capacity to direct others concerning his care.
An alternative: Public housing or housing vouchers
, February 2010
Some attorneys in the elder law practice spend a considerable amount of time advising clients on how to qualify for Medicaid and Medicare. As a general rule, Medicaid does not come into play until a person with a medical condition needs assisted care.
Use of trusts in VA pension planning
, December 2009
This article is on the use of trusts in qualifying veterans and their survivors or dependents for VA pension benefits. The pension benefit can be helpful in paying for unreimbursed medical costs, and often makes the difference between remaining at home and premature admission into a nursing facility.
, October 2009
In order to provide good representation to hoarders, it is important to understand the condition.
, September 2008
Although we covered this topic a few years ago, Web sites have improved, so we revisit the topic of hospitals and nursing home ratings.