DON’T LOSE THE ORIGINAL WILL Wills only take legal effect when the person who made the will dies and the will is admitted to probate. Probate is a legal process where a court hears evidence to prove that the will is valid and should be given legal effect. Normally this requires that the original will ( not a copy) be filed with the clerk of the court. Most wills are self-authenticating, that … [Read more...] about What Happens If The Original Will Is Lost?
$27 Billion and Counting Elder Fraud Hits a New High A bombshell report on elder fraud was recently released by Comparitech, a consumer research company that focuses on the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada. You are not going to like the conclusions. According to Comparitech’s research, senior citizens in the United States may lose nearly 25 times more to scammers than what is … [Read more...] about 7 Ways To Prevent Elder Fraud
The Statistics Speak For Themselves Before you buy into that stereotype that all older Americans are demented, helpless and lonely, check out these statistics. Ninety-seven percent of Americans over 65 are NOT in nursing homes. Here’s an even more interesting statistic - ninety-one percent of Americans aged 85 and older are not in nursing homes. Ninety percent of Americans aged 65 and … [Read more...] about Why You Should Not Write-off Your Elders
Many families are blessed with a child (or adult) who happens to have a disability. There is obviously some concern regarding that loved one’s care and standard of living once a parent or other caregiver is no longer able to provide for them. SSI and Medicaid Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid can help, but they are limited and require the disabled person to have very … [Read more...] about Special Needs Trusts – Planning for Disabled Folks
Ready or Not, Here it May Come Your Cheat Sheet for Dementia “Dementia” is a global medical term used to describe different conditions and diseases that share common symptoms such as impaired memory, performance of daily activities and the ability to communicate. Some common types of these conditions or diseases are Alzheimer Disease, Vascular disorders, Down Syndrome, traumatic brain … [Read more...] about 10 Early Warning Signs of Dementia
The topics today are drugs and sorry nursing homes. We will start with drugs first. For those 65 and older, there is a relatively secret list of medications that they should avoid or consider with caution. It is called the American Geriatrics Society Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults, commonly known as the Beers List. Created in 1991 and updated … [Read more...] about Beers and Nursing Homes: Two Lists that are Too Important to Miss