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A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents -- and Ourselves

The often wrenching transition to caring for aging parents is one that many children will face.

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Dr. Robert Butler, Trailblazing Advocate for the Elderly, Dies at 83

All who are elderly or who someday will be are the beneficiaries of Dr. Butler's life and work ...

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Court Rules That Aunt Who Helped Nephew Buy Home in Exchange for the Promise of a Place to Live Has a Case

Often seniors will make deals with other members of their family to secure their care or living arrangements ...

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Getting Funeral Pricing Information Is Difficult, Survey Shows

If you've lost a loved one, the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time researching funeral homes to find the best prices...

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Do Surviving Spouses Have a Right to a 401(k) or an IRA?

When choosing a beneficiary for a retirement plan, it is important to understand how your spouse will be treated under the plan...

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ElderLaw Radio Interview: Thinking Ahead About Hospital Discharge

A leading Medicare expert explains the steps to take to ensure that your needs will be met upon discharge ...

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Tax Act Brings Changes to SSI / Medicaid Treatment of Refunds, Tax Credits

Several little-noticed provisions in the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 fundamentally alter how the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid programs treat tax refunds and other tax credits, making it easier for elders and people with special needs to maintain their benefits.

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Don't Just Hope for an Inheritance; Get It in Writing

A recent case demonstrates the importance of getting any agreements about inheritance in writing.

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