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Planning for a veteran’s aid and attendance benefits (access required)

Attorneys who work with elderly clients, clients with disabilities, or veterans should be aware of the Veterans Administration’s Aid and Attendance Benefit. A&A is a pension program, available to certain veterans, and widowed spouses of veterans who need long term ...

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When you notice your client has diminished capacity

At some point in your practice you may be confronted by the diminished capacity of a client. With the American population aging, the number of individuals with diminished capacity is increasing. An attorney may be faced with a client in ...

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Support issues for Baby Boomers:?A primer (access required)

It is a common misconception that just because you retire you will get a reduction in your spousal support obligation – that may not be the case, so beware. The terms of the obligation, when you retire, and the way ...

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Are irrevocable trusts really irrevocable? (access required)

When children or grandchildren are the beneficiaries of irrevocable trusts that were set up for them long ago by their parents or grandparents but the terms are not working very well for them, is it possible to have the trusts ...

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Focus on: Family Law and Elder Law

This week’s special second section focuses on the fields of family law and elder law; the two increasingly are intersecting as families seek to resolve issues with aging parents or changes arising from divorce. The stories you’ll find in this ...

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Lawyer mismanaged assets, is convicted of embezzlement (access required)

A Falls Church lawyer has been convicted of embezzlement after being ordered to reimburse more than $275,000 in excess fees she charged for management of an elderly couple’s assets, according the Virginia State Bar and court records. A 2009 report ...

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New guardianship statute applies to multiple courts (access required)

Modern families are blended, extended, even over-extended. They have to find ways to care for each other over time and distance. Providing care for an elderly relative in declining health is challenging under the best of circumstances. It gets even ...

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‘Mutual wills’ depend more on trust than law (access required)

Second marriages and “first” children are generating more issues in estate-planning practice, as couples continue to divorce and remarry before they can celebrate that golden anniversary with one spouse. One of those issues is making sure the children of each ...

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