When is Estate Planning Appropriate?

I recently read an article written by a nationally renowned estate planning attorney who said, “If the elder law attorney can advise clients early enough, . . . they can alleviate later problems.” Yes, that’s true, and we often see the problems of people who don’t get it done right. A local woman came to me recently because her long-term…  Read More

Medicare and Hospital Stays

Medicare health insurance covers about 54 million people. About 11 million of those people will end up with a hospital stay each year. Some of those will be there for just a day or two, and some will be there for much longer. What if you or your loved one is being discharged and you think it’s too early for…  Read More

Are there early signs of dementia?

I should start off by saying clearly that I am neither a doctor nor a trained medical professional. I’m an estate planning and elder law attorney with a background in science and an interest in reading about dementia. That being said, I also learn daily from my elder clients regarding their own lives, the signs of mental decline as they…  Read More

Will Your Legal Documents Work When You Need Them? San Jose Estate Planning Attorney

People frequently bring me their existing Wills, Trusts, and Durable Power of Attorney documents for me to review and make sure that the documents will serve the intended purpose when the person needs to rely upon those documents. But, in many cases, the documents simply won’t meet the needs or desires of the person who signed them. A local man…  Read More

Gilroy Estate Planning Attorney – Why do people wait so long?

As an attorney who practices elder law and estate planning, I frequently see people who have waited so long to act that they have lost opportunities to get things done right. Many times the ability to preserve the full amount of assets has been lost, sometimes assets have been lost due to elder financial abuse and scams, and sometimes laws…  Read More

Will? Trust? Original Documents? with a Gilroy Estate Planning Attorney

Do you have a Will or do you have a Trust? Which is better for you? Do you have your original documents, or are they stored at the attorney’s office? A local man died few years ago and he owned 16 pieces of property here in South Valley. But he had no Trust. Why? His attorney had prepared a Will…  Read More

Gilroy Estate Planning Attorney – Do You Have the Right Durable Power of Attorney?

What is a Power of Attorney? Sometimes it’s called a Financial Power of Attorney. It’s a document that gives authority to your named Agent to act for you in various situations. That may be paying your bills, accessing your bank accounts, closing your accounts, or even selling your residence. Thorough power of attorney documents give considerable authority to your appointed…  Read More

Gilroy Elder Law Attorney: What is Elder Abuse?

California Welfare and Institutions Code 15610.07 WIC — Elder abuse. (a) “Abuse of an elder or a dependent adult” means any of the following: (1) Physical abuse, neglect, abandonment, isolation, abduction, or other treatment with resulting physical harm or pain or mental suffering. (2) The deprivation by a care custodian of goods or services that are necessary to avoid physical…  Read More

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