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

Gilroy Elder Law Attorney: What is Medi-Cal Spend Down for Long Term Care?

First off, don’t be confused about the programs. We have Medicare, Medicaid, and Medi-Cal. Medicare is a federal program that serves individuals who are citizens and age 65 or older. Medicaid is a federal program administered through the states, so each state can make some of their own rules. In California, Medicaid goes by the name Medi-Cal, and that leads…  Read More

Gilroy Estate Planning Attorney: How Will You Pay for Nursing Home Costs?

If you’re eligible for Social Security, you probably know it. If you’re eligible for Medicare, you probably know it. But what about Medi-Cal? How will you pay for the costs of nursing home expenses? Could you be eligible to have Medi-Cal pay those costs? Have you planned ahead to protect your family’s assets? One of the greatest failures I see…  Read More

Guess What? I’m Getting Married! Gilroy Estate Planning Attorney

My client told me that her 91 year old sister had never been married and never even had a boyfriend, but she met a nice 88 year old gentleman and now she was getting married to him after knowing him for a very short period of time. True love? Scam? We frequently hear of someone convincing an elder to change…  Read More

The Underbelly of Assisted Living with a Gilroy Elder Law Attorney

First, a disclaimer and a note: I have many clients who are happy in assisted living, and many of the assisted living facilities in our area are fantastic and wonderful and ethical. I am not passing judgement upon any particular facility, but just suggesting that people approach the issue with more knowledge and their eyes open. Point One – How…  Read More

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