Family Elder Law Expert Blog
Family Elder Law is pleased to offer the legal blog entitled “The Family Elder Law Expert Blog,” authored by Jason A. Penrod, B.C.S., CELA. Jason is board certified as an Elder Law Expert by the Florida Bar and the National Elder Law Foundation. He is also the founder of Family Elder Law with offices in Lake Wales, Lakeland, and Sebring, Florida. The blog addresses legal issues of particular interest to our readers. In addition, the blog will answer individual questions from the readership on a wide range of topics.
Veterans compensation is a tax-free benefit paid monthly to a veteran and/or eligible family members because of the veteran’s service-connected disability.
Fortunately, some hospitals are starting to recognize that elderly patients need special care. A growing number are making changes to better serve an aging community by treating the elderly in separate medical units called Acute Care for Elders (ACEs).
A 2015 study in JAMA Psychiatry found that elderly patients prescribed antipsychotics had significantly higher mortality rates than previously thought, and that mortality was found to increase as doses increased. In addition, a research article, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Mark Olfson and his colleagues concluded that about 80% of the prescriptions to those over 65 were for atypical antipsychotics concluding that more than three-quarters of elderly patients receiving antipsychotics do not have a psychiatric diagnosis and the likelihood of taking these drugs increases with age.
Most of us look forward to a retirement filled with leisure and relaxation, but many older Americans are facing financial difficulties that are destroying their retirement dreams. One article I read recently addressed some of seniors’ biggest financial challenges and what they can do to fight back. What follows is a summary of the article.
A few years ago, I wrote an article advising readers to make having their estate planning documents together as part of their New Year’s resolution. However, after further reflection, I have come to realize that the message of that article wasn’t broad enough.
I firmly believe that it is best to admit when one doesn’t know if a legal document is effective rather than to just assume its effectiveness. This article focuses on the effectiveness of one document in particular—a Durable Power of Attorney.
Clients tend to want to avoid Probate like they do the plague. There is also much confusion on the subject as many people are not sure what the Probate proceess entails. They just know that Probate is usually a bad word and perceived to be avoided at all costs.