Elder Law

Bob Shanahan’s elder law articles.

Elder Abuse

Elder abuse has been defined as an intentional act which creates a serious risk of physical, emotional or financial harm to an elderly person.  The act can be a failure to provide or obtain the care needed by an elderly person, to financial theft or

By |2019-09-11T21:25:52-04:00October 19th, 2018|Elder Law, Robert Shanahan|

Dementia and Signing Legal Documents

Dementia creates serious problems, no doubt. Among them is the compelling issue of who will make decisions for a person suffering from dementia, and who has the right to appoint such a decision-maker?  What are the spouse’s rights? How about the children, individually? More importantly,

By |2018-08-17T14:48:35-04:00August 17th, 2018|Elder Law, Guardianships|

Get Advice from an Experienced Elder Law Attorney

Elder law has become an increasingly important practice area because more people are living longer. The practice of elder law involves the following: Estate planning Disability planning Arranging for care, Social Security, and retirement benefits Long-term care insurance Long-term care planning Medicaid Healthcare directives Nursing

By |2019-09-11T21:48:18-04:00January 23rd, 2017|Elder Law, Estate Planning, Guardianships, Robert Shanahan|

The Qualified Income Trust (QIT)

In order to be approved for Medicaid benefits in 2016, an individual can have no more than $2199 in monthly income. This includes Social Security, pension and other monthly income. Many times, particularly when a widow or widower collects their spouse’s Social Security, the individual’s

By |2016-10-31T13:53:57-04:00June 15th, 2016|Elder Law, Estate Planning|

Tools for Caregivers

Caregivers of elderly parents often experience a parent who routinely makes donations to every charity or cause sending a mailing or who solicits on the phone. It becomes a big problem when an elderly parent gives away thousands of dollars when they are themselves in

By |2019-09-11T21:53:31-04:00April 22nd, 2016|Elder Law, Robert Shanahan|

Who Can be a Guardian?

When a loved-one is no longer able to make decisions about their finances, housing or medical treatment, and the doctors are telling you that this person has lost capacity, a guardian needs to be appointed by a court. Someone needs to step forward to make

By |2015-03-05T23:13:13-04:00March 5th, 2015|Elder Law, Guardianships|