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May is National Elder Law Month

Elder Law attorneys across America are taking the opportunity this month to highlight educational opportunities for the public to learn about topics that affect our aging population. Below are some suggestions for gaining more knowledge on important subjects.

The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) has a new YouTube video series called Law Facts that anyone can watch online to obtain information about many interesting legal topics. Some of the Law Facts topics that pertain to our field of practice are:

End-of-Life Planning Is Essential In A Pandemic

Due to the essential services we provide, we are remaining open. As of 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2020, businesses that are classified as "Essential Businesses" are encouraged to remain open. In addition to essential business employees, the public is allowed to go to appointments at Essential Businesses, per Director Amy Acton's stay-at-home order that she issued on March 22, 2020.

Our Firm's Response To The Pandemic

Because all of our staff members are currently very healthy and not experiencing any symptoms, we will remain open for business. Although a handful of clients have canceled their appointments due to concerns associated with the pandemic, new clients have scheduled appointments to meet with us. Some new clients have stated that they are now motivated more than ever to do their estate planning. Amidst the panic, people want to be prepared for the unexpected. They want to have peace of mind about an area of their lives that they can control.

What's The Point In A POA Document That No One Accepts?

Because fraud is on the rise, financial institutions are becoming increasingly finicky about General Durable Power of Attorney (GDPOA) documents. The GDPOA documents that we write at Roberson Law are usually 11 pages long in order to cover all of the bases, yet there are instances when we are still asked to provide additional substantiation to a bank that a GDPOA is valid. 

Elder Care Connection: Top Reasons to Consider Independent Living

For many seniors, independent living is an opportunity to remain just that, independent. Unlike living at home alone, this type of retirement arrangement allows for social interactions and entertainment without having to drive anywhere. But is independent living right for you? Here are some things to think about as you consider your transition.

Independent living and assisted living are not the same thing.

Blog Back By Popular Demand: My Name Is "On" Mom's Account, So Won't It Avoid Probate?

The title of this article is a common misconception that people have about avoiding probate.  A person will assume that just because he has been designated as his parent's Agent in his parent's Power of Attorney (POA) that he will have access to his parent's bank account after the parent dies.  The person will incorrectly assume that having his name listed on his parent's account will be enough to avoid probate.

Is A Cotrustee Really Necessary?

Let's face it...as we age, we need help. Admittedly, many of us need help despite not having aged!

I recently finished an emergency job requiring a quick amendment to a trust to enable a client's children to sign checks for her because Client had a debilitating stroke. Client signed her trust about 15 years ago when she was 70ish and quite capable of handling things herself. I wish that Client had come in for periodic reviews so that we could have suggested her adding cotrustees with her.

You're In Debt And Don't Have An Estate, So Why Would You Do Estate Planning?

Most people assume the phrase "estate planning" involves having wealth. That assumption couldn’t be any further from the truth. Estate planning simply means that you are preparing for the unexpected and inevitable. Death does not discriminate according to income level, age, or social status. Face the reality, death is certain for everyone.

Do You Know Your Name?

I'm writing this after meeting with yet another client who was surprised, upon seeing his birth certificate for the first time, that the name he was using was not the same as the name in his birth certificate.

For example, my friend Betty Schwab, who is also a client, thought her name was Elizabeth until she got her birth certificate and discovered that her birth name is Betty.  (I am giving this example with Betty's permission.)

This has happened with clients whose names are Allen/Alan, Joseph/Joe, and William/Bill/Billy, for example.

The Importance of a Personal Services Agreement and Lease When Applying for Medicaid

Two documents that we often prepare in conjunction with Medicaid planning are the Personal Services Agreement and Lease. Both documents can be very important proof for substantiating the money paid to a caregiver, who is often a family member, so that the money paid to the family member does not have to be repaid in order for the Medicaid application to be approved.
 

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