Guardianship is a legal decision made by a court. The decision made is that a particular person has become incapacitated. He or she can no longer make decisions about him or herself. The Court also appoints a “guardian” to make decisions for the person it deems incapacitated. This guardian is answerable to the Court. Guardians…

This article was published in May. We have had many inquiries.  Here is an encore presentation: A Power of Attorney and a Health Care Power of Attorney for Young Adults  A power of attorney and a health care power of attorney are important documents for young adults to prepare.  Once one turns eighteen years old,  he or she becomes an…

By Robert J. Shanahan, Jr., Esq. Avoid probate! There are many books, and much advice, about how to avoid probate by creating a living revocable trust, instead of a last will and testament. This trust is created during your lifetime. A trust document is prepared, appointing the drafter as the trustee, and naming a successor…

Increasingly, we Baby-Boomers are being called to care for a parent, or another, who has dementia. At the more advanced stages of this disease, the individual will lose capacity to make decisions about their finances, health care, living arrangements and the like. Unless the person had signed a power of attorney, prior to becoming incapacitated,…

Making an offer on a home is an exciting milestone.  Ideally, your potential home doesn’t need more work than meets the eye, your loan will sail through underwriting, and the records of title for the home, and its sellers, are “clear.”  Ideally, movers will be scheduled and closing will occur on time, and you will…

Being an Elder Care attorney for over fifteen years, I have seen so many people in anguish over caring for their aging parents. Many times, I have heard men and women say, “The pressure is killing me.” Most of the time, it is the women who are the caregivers in the family whether it is…

On April 26, Bob will give a program entitled, “Standing in the Gap”, for Briteside Adult Day Care Center. He will discuss how to get organized and be ready to handle the affairs of a loved one, either as power of attorney, or as a guardian, including the role of an attorney and other professionals….