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Should I have long‐term care insurance?

Posted by deiglaw on August 15, 2018
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Category:& Asset Protection, Insurance, Long Term Care, Planning
As an elder law attorney, much of my practice is legally protecting assets of those in, or headed to a nursing home or who need at‐home services.  Also, part of my practice is helping clients in advance who are young and healthy enough to still obtain long‐term care insurance. I have reviewed long‐term care insurance policies or applications for clients many times.  The main concern of clients is to protect family from the burden of

What is a Certified Elder Law Attorney?

Posted by deiglaw on July 19, 2018
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A common question I am frequently asked:   what is a certified elder law attorney?  I will explain the overall steps to obtain and maintain the certification.  I always explain there are many experienced, competent attorneys who practice in this area and can handle complex elder law issues and who are not certified.  However, if you do not know where to look for guidance on elder law issues, a certified elder law attorney is a good

Caregivers are key to Indiana’s aging dilemma

Posted by deiglaw on March 8, 2018
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Category:& Long Term Care, Medicaid, Nursing Homes
Becoming a family caregiver can be one of the most honorable jobs a person can have.  It is no secret that an aging population has created new challenges for Indiana as Baby Boomers continue to retire. Between now and 2050 the Public Policy Institute projects the American over‐65 population will double and the over‐85 population will triple by 2050. Family caregivers work with healthcare workers to care for a loved one.  Family caregivers provide the

Would your spouse or loved ones know what to do with the finances if you died suddenly?

Posted by deiglaw on January 16, 2018
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Category:& Asset Protection, Estate Planning, Planning, Uncategorized
Talking with your spouse or loved one about what is going to happen after you die or aren’t able to take care of the affairs anymore, is never a fun conversation. However, many households divide “duties”, so if the spouse that has taken care of the finances die or becomes incapacitated, the other may not know how to access money or what investments they even have. As an elder law attorney, I see this in

How Do I Choose a Nursing Home?

Posted by deiglaw on December 20, 2017
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Category:& Long Term Care, Nursing Homes, Planning
According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, there are 542 certified nursing facilities in Indiana. If you, or a loved one, are among the 2.7 million Americans who are projected to need the services of nursing homes by 2040, then it’s important to understand how to find the best facility to meet those needs. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees Medicare, offers a helpful database that you can