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How Do I Use a Power of Attorney to Prevent My Mother and Stepdad from Making Poor Decisions?

I am the alternate agent under my mother's durable power of attorney. My stepdad is named as the primary agent. My mom and stepdad are now incompetent, although it isn't documented, and they are making some very bad decisions with regard to money and health care. How do I proceed?

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How to Vote While in a Nursing Home

Although voting is the hallmark of a democracy, it isn't easy if you are in a long-term care facility. Nursing home and other long-term care facility residents face several challenges to voting, from registering to vote to actually casting a ballot.

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Can I Prevent Family Members from Visiting my Stepmother in Our Home?

My stepmother has advanced Alzheimer's disease. My wife and I moved her in with our family and have been taking her to doctors and making sure her needs are met. She has a grandson who has not always been the best person he could be (we do not get along). The grandson says he wants to see her and is threatening to hire a lawyer if I don't comply. Is there any law (I live in Georgia) that says I have to open my home to this guy?

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Can a Medicaid Recipient Keep Rental Properties?

My mother-in-law has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. She owns two rental properties that bring in a good income, but not enough to cover the full expense of a nursing home. She can spend down her savings, which should take about a year. After that all she will have left is her two rental properties, which are mortgage-free. Is it possible to pay the nursing home all the income, less what is needed for repairs, and keep the homes in the family? Both homes have been in the family for over 50 years and are in a trust. We live in Oklahoma.

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Most Caregivers Are Now Entitled to Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay

Become familiar with the federal government's rules regarding minimum wage and overtime protections for home health care workers.

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As an Agent Under a POA, Can I Change the Alternative Agent Named in the POA?

I am the agent under a power of attorney for my father. There is an alternative agent named in the power of attorney document, but I'm worried this person will not be able to act as agent if the time came. Can I change the backup agent if I feel the backup is no longer responsible to take over if something happens to me?

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Beware of Non-Lawyers Offering Medicaid Planning Advice

In recent years a number of non-lawyers have started businesses offering Medicaid planning services to seniors. While using one of these services may be cheaper than hiring a lawyer, the overall costs may be far greater.

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Can a Family Supplement a Medicaid Recipient's Care in a Nursing Home?

If person has been approved for Medicaid in a long-term care facility, is the family able to supplement the resident's care by paying the difference between the cost of a private and semi-private room and paying for private caregivers to adjunct the care given at the facility? If the answers to those questions are "yes," is there a monthly or annual cap on how much the family can pay?

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