family trust estate

Last time we discussed some of the terminology associated with trusts. Now let’s look at how revocable trusts differ from irrevocable trusts and the benefits of having a trust. Revocable Versus Irrevocable Trusts A revocable trust is a trust that can be altered by the grantor during his or her lifetime. An irrevocable trust, on […]

Trusts concept: Young family playing on couch at home.

Perhaps you have heard about trusts but wonder exactly what they are and what they can help you accomplish. Simply put, a trust is an agreement outlining how assets will be managed and held for the benefit of another person. There are many types of trusts, capable of addressing a wide range of concerns and accomplishing a […]

Elder couple looking over their letter of competency

Maybe it’s the son-in-law you’ve never really liked, let alone trusted, who wields undue influence over your daughter. Or the ex-spouse who continues to make trouble seven years after your divorce. Or the son whose irresponsibility and self-destructive behavior forced you to disinherit him. What is a Letter of Competency? If you have reason to […]

Elder Law, Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia

Last time, we looked at the causes and symptoms of dementia. Now, let’s take a closer look at Alzheimer’s disease. The Causes and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease Alzheimer’s disease stems from a protein, called beta-amyloid, building up in the brain between nerve cells to from what are known as plaques. There is another protein, called […]

A woman comforting an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s Disease

Many people think that Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are interchangeable terms for the same medical condition. This is not the case. Dementia is an umbrella term that encompasses a variety of conditions associated with memory loss. Alzheimer’s disease, on the other hand, is a specific type of dementia. Let’s look at some of the similarities and […]

Elderly man speaking with elder law attorney about his long-term care needs

You’ve no doubt heard about assisted living and nursing home care, but there are many other long-term care options available. An article by U.S. News & World Report provides an introduction to the types of care now available. You can read the full article here. Adult Day Care Adult day care offers relief to family caregivers […]

pet trust concept: golden retriever laying under a blanked on the bed

According to the American Humane Society, approximately 46 percent of households have at least one dog and 39 percent of households have at least one cat. We love our pets, and they provide us with plenty of love in return. Tragically, however, shelters and veterinarians euthanize approximately 500,000 pets each year when their owners predecease them. […]


One-half of all Americans who reside in nursing homes receive assistance from Medicaid to pay for their care. This is not surprising, given the extraordinarily high cost of long-term care. The real surprise is that half of all Americans don’t seek Medicaid assistance to cover nursing home costs. There are several reasons for this, but […]

Equal inheritance concept: photo of husband and wife with their young children outside

When it comes to estate planning, you may find yourself questioning whether leaving each of your children an equal share is the right choice. While it may seem like the easiest and fairest option, there are instances where it may not be the wisest approach. Consider Your Children’s Unique Situations If you have more than […]


According to a 2021 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, nearly a quarter of U.S. parents find themselves struggling as part of the “sandwich generation,” those who are caught in a squeeze as they tackle caring for both their own parents and their children. Being a multigenerational caregiver can be a financial, logistical, and emotional […]