Elder Law

Gifts to Grandchildren: Gift Trusts

2020-11-24T21:42:00+00:00November 24th, 2020|

There are some serious drawbacks to many options for giving gifts to grandchildren. Either there are no tax or estate planning advantages, or you have no control of the funds (or lose control after a certain point), or the money could affect a grandchild's eligibility for financial aid. 

Scammers and Senior Fraud in Missouri

2020-03-19T20:56:28+00:00March 20th, 2018|

Frauds and scammers are on the rise. The DOJ's Big Bust Proves it. Far too often, scammers in Missouri and across the US are getting the upper hand at the expense of seniors. Senior fraud in Missouri isn’t greatly different from other states. But the results are sometimes devastating. Aging adults and their families need [...]

Estate Planning for Seniors with Special Needs

2018-12-26T17:17:41+00:00April 24th, 2017|

Developmental Disabilities on the Rise What kind of preparations are important to make for aging adults with developmental disabilities? Because we’re seeing more children in these situations, we also expect to see adults, and aging adults with special needs. With autism, for example, reported to be on the rise, it’s a good thing that more [...]

“Mom, What Does Irrevocable Mean?”

2020-03-19T20:21:18+00:00December 1st, 2015|

Kids sometimes ask the strangest things, especially after watching TV ads. Eight year old Sally was watching TV one lazy Sunday morning when an interview aired between a local estate planning attorney and a news reporter. The topic was the irrevocable trust, a term Sally had never heard before. So she asked the smartest person [...]

What Happens to Your Family When You Die

2020-03-19T20:12:05+00:00November 2nd, 2015|

When Sam suddenly passed, his family found themselves with a real mess on their hands. Well liked by friends and associates, Sam was known to be the life of every party. But he was never keen on planning ahead. Because he'd never completed an estate plan, his family was forced to spend an inordinate amount [...]

Eric Knew His Dad Shouldn’t Be Driving…

2020-03-19T19:42:26+00:00October 6th, 2015|

It was late when the phone rang, but Eric knew from the tone of his father’s voice that the news was not good. “What is it, Dad?” Eric asked, afraid to hear the answer. “Eric, I’ve had a car accident. I’m fine, but there is some damage.” “Dad! That’s your 3rd accident in two months!” [...]

Elder Abuse: How to Spot It, How to Stop It

2018-11-26T04:38:15+00:00September 15th, 2014|

When Linda (not her real name) arrives at the nursing home for her weekly visit with her mother, she is surprised to find her sleeping. In the middle of the day? Rousing Mom, Linda helps her walk from the bed to the chair, taking notice of her frailty. “Mom, have you been eating?”, Linda asks. [...]

Understanding Dementia, and Planning for It

2020-03-17T20:29:28+00:00July 25th, 2014|

Dementia is a general term referring to a broad range of symptoms affecting memory and thinking. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, accounting for 60-80% of all dementia cases. Some may use the word “senility” to describe an individual with short-term memory loss, but this is inaccurate, because senility refers to mental [...]

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