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Hospitals Now Must Provide Notice About Observation Status

All hospitals must now give Medicare recipients notice when they are in the hospital under observation status. The notice requirement is part of a law enacted in 2015 but that just took effect.

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If I Become My Mom's Guardian and Let Her Remain at Home, Am I Responsible for Her Actions?

I am considering guardianship for my 87-year-old mom, who has dementia. She lives alone but has been advised by her doctor many times that she should not be alone. She refuses any help from "home health nursing agencies" and she will not consider moving out of her house. If I become her guardian, will I be held responsible for anything that might happen to her if I allow her to continue living alone for a while longer?

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New Book Offers Guidance Through the Medicare Maze

The Medicare program has become so complex that expert guidance is almost essential. That’s where Get What’s Yours for Medicare comes in.  

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What Is the Best Way to Make Sure a Trustee Follows the Trust Rules?

We are getting ready to draft a trust. We have one son, so he will be the trustee. What is the best way to make sure he follows the rules set forth in the trust? We have read about nightmares with trust protectors, financial managers/advisors that control the investments, companies that control the trust, and trust managers. We have no other relatives.

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Elder Law Attorneys to Present Free Webinar on What to Expect from Trump and the New Congress

Four nationally known elder law attorneys will present a free webinar on the new legislative and legal landscape followiing the election of President Trump and identify planning and other steps older Americans can take to preserve quality of health care and quality of life.

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What is Reasonable Compensation for an Agent Under a Power of Attorney?

What is a reasonable amount of reimbursement for me as an agent under a power of attorney who is paying bills, picking up prescriptions, and going on doctor visits and trips to buy groceries for my elderly mother?

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Is It Better to Use Joint Ownership or a Trust to Pass Down a Home?

When leaving a home to your children, you can avoid probate by using either joint ownership or a revocable trust, but which is the better method?

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What Can I Do if There Is No One to Replace Me as Agent Under a POA??

I am an agent under a durable power of attorney for a friend with a challenging form of dementia. I can no longer serve as her agent, and she has no other friends willing to do it. What are my options?

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