Elder Abuse Awareness in PA on WEAAD

Neil Hendershot, a Harrisburg attorney with the law firm of Goldberg Katzman, PC, a friend and colleague, has from time to time and with permission, included in his excellent Pennsylvania Elder, Estate & Fiduciary Law Blog, www.paelderestatefiduciary.blogspot.com, excerpts from some of my Daily Local News columns.   This week, Neil suggested that I might borrow and […]

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How Formal Must a Will Be

Curious inquirers sometimes ask me what is the least formal legal document that will still be considered valid.  Must the Power of Attorney be notarized?  Will it be accepted without witnesses?  What happens if the maker of a Will cannot easily locate someone outside the family to witness the signing of his Will?  Can he […]

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How Active Duty Military Can Access Legal Assistance

This past May 23, in honor of the upcoming Memorial Day commemoration, a friend and colleague, Neil Hendershot, included in his blog valuable references to estate planning information for military personnel.  Neil, a Harrisburg attorney with the law firm of Goldberg Katzman, PC, hosts the Pennsylvania Elder, Estate & Fiduciary Law Blog, a prolific site […]

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Qualified Veterans Can Benefit From Aid and Attendance

When Americans think of medical care for ailing and disabled Veterans, the first access point that comes to mind is the sprawling network of Veterans Administration Hospitals.  Although VA Hospitals are invaluable resources and provide many benefits locally including much needed prescription assistance and acute care at the Coatesville Veterans Administration Hospital, long term care […]

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Caregivers Need Legal Advice

Caregivers today, more than ever, need legal advice.  Most of them are not receiving it.  When Mom moves in with her son and daughter-in-law or Dad jointly titles assets with one of his sons after his wife’s death, there may be legal consequences, both good and bad.  Sorting through the issues up front becomes critical. […]

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Medicaid-opoly – Here Are the Answers

Last week I challenged readers’ knowledge of Medicaid rules in a game of “Medicaid-opoly”.  As promised, this week I am publishing answers to the “true or false” and multiple choice sections.  Readers should compare what they considered to be the answers to the actual answers below.  Readers might also hold on to last week’s and […]

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Play Medicaid-opoly

Qualifying for Medicaid, regardless of need, has become like playing numbers in the lottery.  The rules are increasingly complex.   What is especially disturbing is the amount of misinformation obtained even from people who might work within the medical delivery system.  As one result a person who needs care and whose assets are low enough to […]

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Pennsylvania Tells Boomers To Own Their Future

When it comes to sales pitches, I qualify as a mild cynic.  My explanation to others is that, while I’m not “from Missouri,” the “show me” state, my grandfather on my mother’s side was. With this as background, I recently opened an imposing looking envelope addressed to me from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Office of […]

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How To Claim Under the Economic Stimulus Package

Beginning May, 2008, an estimated over 130 million American households are expected to begin receiving checks from the federal government as part of a program to jolt the economy back into action.  The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 approved by President Bush and passed by Congress provides for payments from a low of $300 for […]

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Assistive Technology May Help Seniors To Stay At Home

Last week, while taping my once a month segment for WCOJ’s “Legal Talk” program, I had one of those “aha” moments that force me to rethink some basic notions on senior care. “Legal Talk” will be familiar to West Chester readers as the radio 1420 program hosted by Steve Karp and Peter Hart who are […]

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A Precautionary Tale on Annuities

Suppose you own an annuity.  A financial advisor, on reviewing your assets, proposes that you exchange your old annuity for a new one.  After hearing the description of a first year “bonus” interest rate higher than your current one, and interest rates in the years following the first either at a respectable rate of return […]

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Ideas Expressed at Pennsylvania Aging Town Meeting

A few weeks ago I related that Pennsylvania’s Department of Aging was coming to West Chester for one of its seven 2008 Town Meetings being held throughout the State.  That meeting has concluded, the observations have been duly noted, and the State has moved on to its next locations.  Only one more, in Huntingdon County […]

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Get Help In Talking To Your Healthcare Provider

Most people do not have difficulty expressing to others, especially friends and family members, what they think.  Still, the same person who shares his or her observations and complaints regularly with acquaintances can freeze when dealing with medical professionals, doctors, nurses, diagnosticians, and therapists. Sometimes the patient does not know what to ask or thinks […]

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Reverse Mortgages –The Last Cookie Jar?

Almost two years ago I wrote a column assessing reverse mortgages and their role for an aging population.  My column referenced an earlier editorial that had appeared in the New York Times  titled “Aging in Place.”  The Times editorial argued for greater use of reverse mortgages to handle America’s long term care crisis and asserted […]

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Unscramble Those Taxes

With the number and kinds of taxes in effect today, it is not surprising that average citizens become confused regarding what taxes apply to them and whether and when those taxes must be paid.  Here is a summary of some of the most commonly held misconceptions regarding taxes on inheritances and estates that readers might […]

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