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Recognizing the Signs of Financial Exploitation

It's unfortunate that there are people out there who see the vulnerability of a disabled or elderly person as an opportunity, but financial exploitation is a crime occurs too often in our society. Even worse, it's common for the shyster to be a close family member or caretaker of the victim. Typically, family and loved ones find out about the misconduct too late to take action: The damage is done and the elderly or disabled person has lost money, real estate, personal property, and - perhaps most importantly - dignity. Still, there are ways to spot the signs of financial exploitation, so your disabled or elderly loved one doesn't become a victim.

Checklist for Vacationing with a Disabled or Elderly Travel Partner

Whether you're planning an extended trip or just getting out of town for a few days, it's always fun to enjoy a vacation with family and friends. Of course, if your group includes an elderly or disabled travel partner with special requirements, you do need to account for that person's unique needs. Comfort is critical and it's important to not stray too far from his or her routine; plus, there may be specific medical care and wellness considerations while you're on the road. However, armed with this checklist for vacationing with an elderly or disabled person, you can head out of town for a worry-free, fun trip with loved ones.

Holiday Gift Guide for Loved Ones With Special Needs and Their Caregivers

The holiday season is right around the corner, so it will soon be time to start thinking about gift giving for family and friends. It's often a challenge to come up with ideas for unique and unexpected presents for the people in your life, especially when it comes to loved ones with special needs and their caregivers. There are so many types of gifts they'll cherish, and many more options for items they need and can really use. As you gear up to head to the stores or online to shop, check out our holiday guide to gifts that will get rave reviews from everyone on your list.

Special Needs Trusts 101

Every October, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys celebrates National Special Needs Law Month as a way to educate and raise awareness about planning for loved ones with developmental disabilities. While many families are aware of the benefits of common estate planning tools under Michigan probate law, such as wills and trusts, not as many are familiar with the "special needs trust." If a family member suffers from a disability-related condition, you should discuss your situation with a Michigan elder and disability lawyer to determine appropriate planning strategies. However, here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about special needs trusts.

Medicare Planning: The Basics You Need to Know

If you or a loved one could soon be eligible for the U.S. national health insurance program commonly known as Medicare, it's important to understand how the program works. It's useful to know how to qualify and be familiar with the potential benefits you may receive, especially in connection with your financial and estate planning. While you should discuss the specifics of your circumstances with a knowledgeable Michigan Medicare attorney, some general information can provide you with the basics.

When Senior Driving Is No Longer Safe

My 15-year old niece just got her learner's permit to drive in Atlanta, a reminder of the passage of time that stuns me nearly as much as my step-brother. (When did she become old enough to drive - didn't she just turn ten?)

Gifts for Dementia Patients and Their Caregivers

Happy ho-ho-holidays! Ready or not, the season is upon us. The season to be busy, that is. For many of us, that means there will be visits with family and friends, holiday parties to attend, traditions to celebrate, and gifts to buy and/or make. But what do you buy for someone who has dementia or other cognitive loss? What gifts might a caregiver appreciate most?

Why Do I Need an Elder Law Attorney?

First, let's consider the people we're best suited to help. An "older" American is typically defined as one who is age sixty-five and older. Today, about one in eight Americans, or approximately 13 percent of the total population, is considered an "older" American. This population is rapidly growing; the older population in 2030 is projected to be twice as large as their counterparts in 2000, growing from 35 million to 72 million and representing nearly 20 percent of the total U.S. population . That's a lot of people!

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