The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Help Out Parents

       Families look after each other. They pitch in when a member needs help. As an elder law attorney, I see this quite often. It can be an aging parent helping out an adult child in need due to financial difficulties caused by illness, job loss or divorce. It can also be an […]

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Guest Spot on Jersey Matters

       Laurie and I were guests recently on the public affairs television show, Jersey Matters with host Larry Mendte.  We spoke about elder law in general and the need to prepare for long term care.  You can view the spot at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnsxYKtJbgA

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Why My Money is Really Our Money – Part 2

       In last week’s article I was discussing the common misunderstanding that spouses often have that the State can’t touch my assets if my spouse needs Medicaid. It’s simply not true and distresses people when I explain it. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to protect some or possibly all of those […]

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Why My Money is Really Our Money – Part 1

       When discussing Medicaid I find that many people understand the asset limit – that one can have no more than $2000 in assets to qualify for Medicaid. What many misunderstand, however, is the asset limitation for married couples. A common response especially from the healthy spouse in a second marriage when I […]

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New Jersey Aid in Dying Act – Part 3

       In this week’s blog post I continue to breakdown New Jersey’s Aid in Dying Act.  The new law requires the medical profession to be very involved in implementing the law and complying with its requirements.  The attending physician must inform the patient of his/her diagnosis, prognosis, the risks of taking the medication […]

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New Jersey Aid in Dying Act (Part 2)

       Last week I told you about the new law that will become effective August 1 which permits certain New Jersey residents under certain circumstances to end their own lives. This week we’ll look at the law’s specific and very detailed requirements.        The law permits a terminally ill patient to […]

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New Jersey Passes Assisted Suicide Law – Part 1

       You might have missed it but in April, Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill making New Jersey the 8th state in the country to enact an assisted suicide bill. The other states that have such bills are California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. The law becomes effective August 1, 2019. […]

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Not as Much Time as You Think (Part 3)

                A few weeks back I wrote about Mary’s call to our office regarding her dad who wanted to make a change to his will.  He wanted to leave his home to Mary and everything else split equally between Mary and her sister Kate (See 5/20/19 and 5/27/19 posts.)  Dad, however, died before he could […]

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The Dreaded Diagnosis – Part 2

       In my blog post last week I was discussing the answer to the question “when is the right time to plan for long term care.”  I also noted that we are seeing more people dealing with long term care at a younger age, often in their 50’s and 60’s – and sometimes […]

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The Dreaded Diagnosis – Part 1

       In this week’s blog post I want to revisit a question that I am asked often when I tell people what I do.  They ask, “when is the right time to plan for the possible need for long term care?”  For most people I think the optimum time is when they are […]

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