New Standards for Agencies and Programs Providing Guardianship Services

The National Guardianship Association releases new "Standards for Agencies and Programs Providing Guardianship Services"

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Kindness in Business vs. Money

"Getting money is not all a man's business: to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life." ~ Samuel Johnson

Revocation of Powers of Attorney

Powers of attorney have been mentioned or discussed in this blog several times.  “Powers of Attorney” and “Weaknesses in Powers of Attorney,” in particular, explained the importance of a well-drafted power of attorney.  An aspect that has not been discussed is revocation. The ability to revoke a power of attorney is a major advantage over court-ordered … Continue reading Revocation of Powers of Attorney

Power of Attorney Gifting Provisions May Pose a Threat

Most powers of attorney include specific provisions giving the agent the right to make annual exclusion gifts (up to $14,000 to any individual in 2015). This used to make sense; now, it often does not. The first consideration is whether a client is subject to the estate tax. Now, only 0.2% of taxpayers will incur a … Continue reading Power of Attorney Gifting Provisions May Pose a Threat

Wanted: Advocates, Victims, Writers, Volunteers

Let’s make a difference!

Elder Advocates

Let’s kick this up a notch.  I haven’t written much on my blog lately and I am now ready to get back at it in full force in the very near future.

I need your help. I’m looking for folks who’d be interested in:

  • writing for Elder Advocates and the cause in general
  • volunteering
  • joining the “think tank”
  • telling a personal experience

I am so grateful to see that the site I started many years ago has almost 23,000 views.  Just imagine what more is in store.

Something is taking place to bring light to Elder Abuse & Guardianship Abuse.13c805c3-c16f-4ef3-ba11-57613d6c658c

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The Veteran Aid & Attendance Program is designed to help families of veterans who require assistance with in-home care. The program provides additional funds for helping families purchase the help needed to care for the veteran. This care can be provided in the veteran’s home, or in an assisted living home. To apply for the […] … Continue reading AID AND ATTENDANCE PROGRAM — Veteran Speak

Service to Others

"Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve...You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Stubborn Aging Parents Who Won’t Talk About Finances: Breaking Through Resistance

a repost from Forbes Most of us have tried to have conversations about finances with aging parents. Some stubborn parents just won’t do it. No matter what their adult children say, they put it off, change the subject or tell their offspring it’s none of their business. Here’s a real life example: Michele, 60 is … Continue reading Stubborn Aging Parents Who Won’t Talk About Finances: Breaking Through Resistance

Arbitration Agreements in Nursing Homes?

Arbitration has been a hot topic lately. "This is an important issue - no one should be faced with the "choice" of forfeiting their future right to take legal action for abuse or neglect when they are signing a nursing home residency agreement." ~ Marybeth William, National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care Legislators, coalition … Continue reading Arbitration Agreements in Nursing Homes?