VIDEO- March 2017 Dementia and Alzheimer’s Public Forum

March 2017 in Morgan Hill, California, attorney James A. Ward sponsored a free public forum on Dementia and Alzheimer’s. He invited two local experts in the field to speak on the subject; Tiffany Mikles who has over 20 years of experience working with seniors and training care providers; and Dr. Gary Steinke M.D., founder of the San Jose Alzheimer’s Activity…  Read More

Your Legal Name and Your Name on your ID

What’s your name? No, no, I need your legal name? Do you have a valid ID? We frequently have name problems with people, and we frequently have ID problems with seniors. Don’t let this relatively simple issue become a major problem or inconvenience for you or your family. I have had people tell me that the name or spelling on…  Read More

How Will You Pay for Nursing Home Costs?

How can a person pay for nursing home care without depleting all of their assets, or without the state taking their home after they die? Those are critical questions, and the lack of the right information could cost a family more than $1 million. If you’re eligible for Social Security, you probably know it. If you’re eligible for Medicare, you…  Read More

Do you need a Trust or a Will?

Some people are confused by the difference between a Trust and a Will. Which should you have? Which is best for you? If you have a home or other significant assets, you probably want a Trust. If you’re married or have children, you probably want a Trust. A good Trust will protect your assets from going through Probate, and it…  Read More

Will the State Take Your House?

There are two mistaken beliefs about a person’s house when they go on Medi-Cal to pay for their nursing home cost. The most common misbelief is that the state will take your home when you die. That’s wrong if you plan properly. The second misbelief is that the home is an exempt asset, and therefore you can get Medi-Cal to…  Read More

Gilroy Attorney asks – Do You Have the Right Trust?

Do you already have a Trust? Is it a Living Trust or Revocable Living Trust or a Family Trust? If you already have a Trust, you then need to answer the following questions: How old is it? Do you have signed copies? Is it up to date? Does it consider the current tax laws? There was a major tax law…  Read More

How will you handle nursing home costs?

Most of the nursing homes in Santa Clara County currently charge residents $11,000 to $12,000 per month. Are you prepared for that cost? How long will you or your loved one be there? Two months? Ten months? One year? Five years? The longest stay I’m aware of is over 20 years. That’s a huge expense. How will you pay? Private…  Read More

Oxygen and Dementia

Over the last 10 to 15 years, there seems to have been a real burst of products to swallow and games to play to try and strengthen our memory skills. Do they work? The Institute of Medicine has cautioned consumers to watch out for phony products or poorly tested products that claim to “prevent, slow, or reverse the effects of…  Read More

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