Geriatric Care Manager Answers Today’s Question about Elder Care “Red Flags”

Are there some “Red Flags” that will help us identify when Mom needs help with her Elder Care Matters?  And is there a national Directory of Care Managers that we can use to find a Geriatric Care Manager near us?

Answer:  Below is a list of some of those “Red Flags” that you should be looking out for that may suggest that your mother needs help with her Elder Care Matters:

  • Deteriorating hygiene or appearance
  • Erratic or inappropriate behavior changes
  • Increasing confusion or disorientation
  • Depression with tearfulness, loss of appetite
  • Signs of insufficient nutrition, dehydration, or weight loss
  • Inability to manage money
  • Friends or neighbors express concern
  • Inability to manage medications
  • Unclean or unsafe living environment
  • Falling, lack of mobility, wandering, or significant vision or hearing difficulties
  • Wears same clothing more than two days in a row
  • Difficulty getting out of bed and preparing for the day
  • Noted changes in short term memory loss

National Directory of Geriatric Care Managers

You can find thousands of Geriatric Care Managers across America in the online Directory titled FindGeriatricCareManagers.net. This is 1 of the 15 Elder Care / Senior Care Directories (as listed below) that is sponsored by the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, an organization of Elder Care / Senior Care Professsionals who help families plan for and deal with a wide range of Elder Care Matters.

1. www.ElderCareMatters.com
2. www.ElderCareWebsites.com
3. www.FindDailyMoneyManagers.net
4. www.FindElderCareMediators.net
5. www.FindElderLawAttorneys.net
6. www.FindEstatePlanningAttorneys.net
7. www.FindGeriatricCareManagers.net
8. www.FindHomeCareProviders.net
9. www.FindLongTermCareInsurance.net
10. www.FindMedicaidAttorneys.net
11. www.FindProbateAttorneys.net
12. www.FindSeniorLivingCommunities.net
13. www.FindSeniorMoveManagers.net
14. www.FindSpecialNeedsAttorneys.net
15. www.FindVAAccreditedAttorneys.net

In these Directories you will also find Answers and Articles about a wide range of Elder Care / Senior Care Matters, information that is provided by our ElderCare Matters Partners – some of America’s TOP Elder Care / Senior Care Professionals who are members of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance and have years of experience in helping families with the issues of aging.

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Lauren Spiglanin
Family Connect Care
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
An ElderCare Matters Partner

What is a Supplemental Needs Trust? Today’s Q&A on ElderCareMatters.com

What is a Supplemental Needs Trust?  Today’s Q&A on ElderCareMatters.com

Answer:  A Supplemental Needs Trust, sometimes called a Special Needs Trust is created to ensure that beneficiaries who are disabled or mentally ill can enjoy the use of property, which is intended to be held for their benefit. In addition to personal planning reasons for such a trust, such as the person lacks the capacity to handle their financial affairs, there may be fiscal advantages to the use of this type of trust.

Leaving money to someone who receives essential government benefits can create serious problems. A Special Needs Trust may avoid beneficiaries losing access to such benefits. A Special Needs Trust is most often a “stand alone” document, but it can form part of a Last Will and Testament. A Special Needs Trust can be a valuable estate planning and investment tool.

A/Z Health, Trust & Elder Law LLC will help you protect your disabled family member’s eligibility for benefits, to ensure that they have every opportunity for a fulfilled and happy life.

National Directory of Special Needs Attorneys

You can find thousands of Special Needs Attorneys across America in the online Directory titled FindSpecialNeedsAttorneys.net.  This is 1 of the 15 Elder Care / Senior Care Directories that is sponsored by the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, an organization of Elder Care / Senior Care Professsionals who help families plan for and deal with a wide range of Elder Care Matters.

1. www.ElderCareMatters.com
2. www.ElderCareWebsites.com
3. www.FindDailyMoneyManagers.net
4. www.FindElderCareMediators.net
5. www.FindElderLawAttorneys.net
6. www.FindEstatePlanningAttorneys.net
7. www.FindGeriatricCareManagers.net
8. www.FindHomeCareProviders.net
9. www.FindLongTermCareInsurance.net
10. www.FindMedicaidAttorneys.net
11. www.FindProbateAttorneys.net
12. www.FindSeniorLivingCommunities.net
13. www.FindSeniorMoveManagers.net
14. www.FindSpecialNeedsAttorneys.net
15. www.FindVAAccreditedAttorneys.net

In these Directories you will also find Answers and Articles about a wide range of Elder Care & Special Needs Matters, information that is provided by our ElderCare Matters Partners – some of America’s TOP Elder Care / Senior Care Professionals who are members of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance and have years of experience in helping families with Elder Care & Special Needs Matters.

Find Special Needs Attorneys
Mary Kay Furiasse, BSN, JD, LLM
A/Z Health, Trust & Elder Law, LLC
Wheaton, Illinois
An ElderCare Matters Partner

Today’s Q&A on ElderCareMatters.com is about handling Probate when property is owned in other states

Question:  How would probate be handled for my mother who lives in her paid off home in Michigan but also owns real estate in other states as well? And where can I find a Directory of Probate Attorneys?

Answer:  When this type of situation happens you will usually have to open probate in each state. Probate is the process by which a court grants an executor, personal representative or administrator authority to deal with property owned by a deceased individual as directed in the individual’s will. The reason for needing to open a probate case in multiple states is that each state has separate probate laws. The domiciled state has jurisdiction over all real estate located within that state. The probate court located in the state the deceased party lived in as of the time of death is where the primary probate proceeding will occur.

The only part of the estate that the primary probate court does not have jurisdiction over is any real property (real estate) owned outside the state. Therefore, a separate probate proceeding called an “ancillary” probate must be opened to deal with out-of-state real estate in the state the property is located. If there is ownership of real estate in multiple states, then additional ancillary probate cases will need to be opened in each state. Without an ancillary estate opened for each state, then any deeds or other transfers of that real estate may not be binding and a cloud on title could result.

Most often the executor named in the last will and testament files all the required probate proceedings. The primary probate judge grants the executor authority over the money, accounts, personal property, business interests, etc., as well as the real property within that state. Then the executor would file for the ancillary probate where the out-of-state properties are located. The executor must apply to the probate court in each jurisdiction and request authority to handle the property within that state.

In Michigan, opening an ancillary probate is similar to opening a primary probate. The difference is that the Michigan probate court’s primary concern is the real estate owned in Michigan. The probate court will also need certified or exemplified copies of the probate court proceedings from the primary probate and any ancillary probate matters being handled in other states. As a result, you will want to open the primary probate before opening the ancillary probate.

Probate matters are very complex and take an experienced probate attorney to ensure your rights are protected and give you competent legal advice – especially when multiple states are involved due to the variance of laws in each state.

If your loved one lived in Michigan and you need to file a probate case to handle their estate, contact the experienced estate lawyers at Barron, Rosenberg, Mayoras & Mayoras, P.C. at (248) 641-7070 right away.

We can also help not only with ancillary estates in Michigan, but also working with probate professionals in other states, such as Florida, from the network of estate and elder attorneys we have relationships with, so that we can serve as a one-stop shop to administer multiple estates in different states.

National Directory of Probate Attorneys

You can find thousands of Probate Attorneys in one online Directory titled FindProbateAttorneys.net.  This is 1 of 15 Elder Care / Senior Care Directories that is sponsored by the ElderCare Matters Alliance, a national organization of Elder Care / Senior Care Professsionals who help families plan for and deal with a wide range of Elder Care Matters.

1. www.ElderCareMatters.com
2. www.ElderCareWebsites.com
3. www.FindDailyMoneyManagers.net
4. www.FindElderCareMediators.net
5. www.FindElderLawAttorneys.net
6. www.FindEstatePlanningAttorneys.net
7. www.FindGeriatricCareManagers.net
8. www.FindHomeCareProviders.net
9. www.FindLongTermCareInsurance.net
10. www.FindMedicaidAttorneys.net
11. www.FindProbateAttorneys.net
12. www.FindSeniorLivingCommunities.net
13. www.FindSeniorMoveManagers.net
14. www.FindSpecialNeedsAttorneys.net
15. www.FindVAAccreditedAttorneys.net

In our Elder Care / Senior Care Directories you will also find Answers and Articles about a wide range of Elder Care Matters, information that is provided by our ElderCare Matters Partners – some of America’s TOP Elder Care / Senior Care Professionals who are members of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance and have years of experience in helping families with Elder Care Matters.

Find Probate Attorneys
Don L. Rosenberg, Attorney and Counselor
The Center for Elder Law
Troy, Michigan
An ElderCare Matters Partner

What are Elder Law Attorneys and where can I find a Directory of Elder Law Attorneys?

Question:  What are Elder Law Attorneys and where can I find a Directory of Elder Law Attorneys?

Answer:  Elder Law Attorneys are attorneys who work with the elderly.  They bring more to their practice than just experience with the legal issues. They have an understanding of the elderly that allows them and their staff to ignore the myths related to aging. At the same time, they recognize and empathize with the true physical, mental, social and financial difficulties that often accompany the aging process. Elder Law Attorneys are aware of the real life problems, health and otherwise, that seniors experience as they age. They are tied into a system of social workers, psychologists, geriatric care managers, and many other elder care professionals who may be of assistance to their clients.

Legal Issues

Elder Law attorneys deal with legal issues involving:

  • Health and personal care planning, which include the following topics: Powers of Attorney and Living Wills; Lifetime Planning; Family Issues; Advance Directives.
  • Planning for a well spouse when the other spouse requires Long Term Care; Asset Protection; Public Benefits such as Medicaid and Veterans’ benefits;
  • Capacity; Guardianship, and, most importantly, Guardianship avoidance;
  • Resident rights in Long Term Care facilities;
  • Will and Trust planning;
  • Planning for minor or adult Special Needs Children;
  • Probate;
  • Elder Law encompasses all aspects of planning for aging, illness, and incapacity. The specialization requires a practitioner to be particularly sensitive to the legal issues impacting elder clients.

National Directory of Elder Law Attorneys

You can find thousands of Elder Law Attorneys in the online Directory titled  FindElderLawAttorneys.net, 1 of the 15 Elder Care / Senior Care Directories that are sponsored by the national ElderCare Matters Alliance, an organization of Elder Care / Senior Care Professsionals who help families plan for and deal with a wide range of Elder Care Matters.

1. www.ElderCareMatters.com
2. www.ElderCareWebsites.com
3. www.FindDailyMoneyManagers.net
4. www.FindElderCareMediators.net
5. www.FindElderLawAttorneys.net
6. www.FindEstatePlanningAttorneys.net
7. www.FindGeriatricCareManagers.net
8. www.FindHomeCareProviders.net
9. www.FindLongTermCareInsurance.net
10. www.FindMedicaidAttorneys.net
11. www.FindProbateAttorneys.net
12. www.FindSeniorLivingCommunities.net
13. www.FindSeniorMoveManagers.net
14. www.FindSpecialNeedsAttorneys.net
15. www.FindVAAccreditedAttorneys.net

In our Elder Care / Senior Care Directories you will also find Answers and Articles about a wide range of Elder Care Matters, information that is provided by our ElderCare Matters Partners – some of America’s TOP Elder Care / Senior Care Professionals who are members of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance and have years of experience in helping families with Elder Care Matters.

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Kevin Pillion, Esq.
Life Planning Law Firm, P.A.
Sarasota, Florida
An ElderCare Matters Partner

If you have a Will, must your estate go through Probate?

Question:  Even though I have a Last Will and Testament, I understand that my estate must still go through probate.  Is this correct?

Answer:  You need to discuss your individual circumstances with an Estate Planning Attorney.  A Last Will and Testament does not avoid probate. A Will is more of an expression of your desires regarding your Estate which desires will be carried out through the Probate process. If your Estate is less than $100,000 and does not include real estate, your estate can be distributed outside of Probate using a small estates affidavit. If your estate is larger or includes real estate the best way to avoid Probate is through the use of a Revocable Living Trust. I strongly recommend against trying to avoid Probate by adding your family members to the title of your assets, as it gives your family authority over what you do with your own assets and it exposes those assets to your family members creditors. I recommend that you meet with a Estate Planning attorney and discuss your options to avoid probate.

If you need help with Estate Planning or with other Elder Care Matters, you can find thousands of qualified Elder Care / Senior Care Professionals in the following 15 Elder Care / Senior Care Directories that are sponsored by the national ElderCare Matters Alliance to help families with their issues of aging.

1. www.ElderCareMatters.com
2. www.ElderCareWebsites.com
3. www.FindDailyMoneyManagers.net
4. www.FindElderCareMediators.net
5. www.FindElderLawAttorneys.net
6. www.FindEstatePlanningAttorneys.net
7. www.FindGeriatricCareManagers.net
8. www.FindHomeCareProviders.net
9. www.FindLongTermCareInsurance.net
10. www.FindMedicaidAttorneys.net
11. www.FindProbateAttorneys.net
12. www.FindSeniorLivingCommunities.net
13. www.FindSeniorMoveManagers.net
14. www.FindSpecialNeedsAttorneys.net
15. www.FindVAAccreditedAttorneys.net

In our Elder Care / Senior Care Directories you will also find Answers and Articles about a wide range of Elder Care Matters, information that is provided by our ElderCare Matters Partners – some of America’s TOP Elder Care / Senior Care Professionals who are members of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance and have years of experience in helping families with Elder Care Matters.

Probate
James C. Siebert, Esq.
The Law Office of James C. Siebert & Associates
Arlington Heights, Illinois
An ElderCare Matters Partner

Elder Law Attorney wants additional information about NEW Elder Care / Senior Care Directories

I am an Elder Law Attorney who would like additional information about joining the national ElderCare Matters Alliance and getting listed on your 15 Elder Care / Senior Care online Directories for as little as $14.95/month.  Would you please provide me with some more information about this great opportunity?

Answer:  The ElderCare Matters Alliance, a national Alliance of thousands of Elder Care / Senior Care Professionals and companies, is proud to announce that It now provides a total of 15 Elder Care / Senior Care online Directories to help families across America plan for and deal with their issues of aging.

Our new “Mobile Friendly” Directories only focus on Elder Care / Senior Care issues and contain the names and contact information of thousands of America’s TOP Elder Care / Senior Care professionals and companies who help families with a wide range of Elder Care Matters, including:

Daily Money Managers
Elder Care Mediators
Elder Law Attorneys
Estate Planning Attorneys
Geriatric Care Managers
Home Care Providers
Long Term Care Insurance
Medicaid Attorneys
Probate Attorneys
Senior Living Communities
Senior Move Managers
Special Needs Attorneys
VA Accredited Attorneys

Our Directories also include a list of Elder Care / Senior Care websites as well as Answers and Articles about a wide range of Elder Care Matters, information that is provided by our ElderCare Matters Partners – Professionals who are members of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance and have years of experience in helping families with Elder Care Matters.

We encourage ALL Elder Care / Senior Care professionals and companies across America to join the ElderCare Matters Alliance and to be listed on all applicable Directories that are sponsored by our national Elder Care / Senior Care Alliance .

To join the national ElderCare Matters Alliance - complete and return a Basic, Premium or Partner membership application, which can be found on ElderCareMatters.com/Elder-Care-Alliance.php

Elder Care / Senior Care Directories
Phillip G. Sanders, MBA, MSHA, CPA
Founder & CEO
ElderCare Matters, LLC

New York Elder Law Attorney Provides Family with Answer about Elder Law

Would you please provide us with information about Elder Law and about Elder Law Attorneys?

Answer:  Legal problems that affect the elderly are growing in number. Our laws and regulations are becoming more complex. Actions taken by older people with regard to a single matter may have unintended legal effects. It is important for attorneys dealing with the elderly to have a broad understanding of the laws that may have an impact on a given situation, to avoid future problems.

Unfortunately, this job is not made easy by the fact that Elder Law encompasses many different fields of law.

Some of these include:

  • Preservation/transfer of assets seeking to avoid spousal impoverishment when a spouse enters a nursing home
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare claims and appeals
  • Social security and disability claims and appeals
  • Supplemental and long term health insurance issues.
  • Disability planning, including use of durable powers of attorney, living trusts, “living wills,” for financial management and health care decisions, and other means of delegating management and decision-making to another in case of incompetency or incapacity.
  • Conservatorships and guardianships
  • Estate planning, including planning for the management of one’s estate during life and its disposition on death through the use of trusts, wills and other planning documents
  • Probate
  • Administration and management of trusts and estates
  • Long-term care placements in nursing home and life care communities
  • Nursing home issues including questions of patients’ rights and nursing home quality
  • Elder abuse and fraud recovery cases
  • Housing issues, including discrimination and home equity conversions
  • Age discrimination in employment
  • Retirement, including public and private retirement benefits, survivor benefits and pension benefits
  • Health law
  • Mental health law

Most Elder Law attorneys do not specialize in every one of these areas.

So when an attorney says he/she practices Elder Law, find out which of these matters he/she handles. You will want to hire the attorney who regularly handles matters in the area of concern in your particular case and who will know enough about the other fields to question whether the action being taken might be affected by laws in any of the other areas of law on the list.

For example, if you are going to rewrite your will and your spouse is ill, the estate planner needs to know enough about Medicaid to know whether it is an issue with regard to your spouse’s inheritance.

Attorneys who primarily work with the elderly bring more to their practice than an expertise in the appropriate area of law. They bring to their practice knowledge of the elderly that allows them and their staff to ignore the myths relating to aging and the competence of the elderly. At the same time, they will take into account and empathize with some of the true physical and mental difficulties that often accompany the aging process. Their understanding of the afflictions of the aged allows them to determine more easily the difference between the physical versus the mental disability of a client. They are more aware of real life problems, health and otherwise, that tend to crop up as persons age. They are tied into a formal or informal system of social workers, psychologists and other elder care professionals who may be of assistance to you. All of these things will hopefully make you more comfortable when dealing with them and ease your way as you try to resolve your legal problem.

If you need help with Elder Law or with other Elder Care Matters, you can find thousands of qualified Elder Care / Senior Care Professionals in the following 10 Elder Care / Senior Care Directories that are sponsored by the national ElderCare Matters Alliance to help families with their issues of aging.

1. www.ElderCareMatters.com
2. www.ElderCareWebsites.com
3. www.FindDailyMoneyManagers.net
4. www.FindElderLawAttorneys.net
5. www.FindEstatePlanningAttorneys.net
6. www.FindGeriatricCareManagers.net
7.
www.FindHomeCareProviders.net
8. www.FindProbateAttorneys.net
9. www.FindSeniorLivingCommunities.net
10. www.FindVAAccreditedAttorneys.net

In our Elder Care / Senior Care Directories you will also find Answers and Articles about a wide range of Elder Care Matters, information that is provided by our ElderCare Matters Partners – some of America’s TOP Elder Care / Senior Care Professionals who are members of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance and have years of experience in helping families with Elder Care Matters.

New York Elder Law Attorneys
Stephen J. Silverberg, Esq., CELA
Law Office of Stephen J. Silverberg
Roslyn Heights, New York
An ElderCare Matters Partner

Arizona Elder Law Attorney Answers Today’s Question about Estate Planning on ElderCareMatters.com

What is Estate Planning

Answer:   Estate planning is a general term for written instructions that you establish during your lifetime, while you have capacity, that answer the following questions:

  • Who will make health care and financial decisions for me if I become incapacitated?
  • What will happen to my property, accounts and possessions I own when I die?
  • Who will be in charge of ensuring that my burial wishes are followed?
  • If my children lose both of their parents while they are minors, who will have priority to care for them?
  • What health care decisions do I want to be made if I am unable to participate in the decision?
  • How can I minimize court involvement, tax and stress after I have passed away?
  • If my child or grandchild receives public benefits, how can I make sure that a gift at my death will not affect their benefits?

If you need help with Estate Planning or with other Elder Care Matters, you can find thousands of qualified Elder Care / Senior Care Professionals in the following 10 Elder Care / Senior Care Directories that are sponsored by the national ElderCare Matters Alliance to help families with their issues of aging.

1.   www.ElderCareMatters.com
2.   www.ElderCareWebsites.com
3.   www.FindDailyMoneyManagers.net
4.   www.FindElderLawAttorneys.net
5.   www.FindEstatePlanningAttorneys.net
6.   www.FindGeriatricCareManagers.net
7.  
www.FindHomeCareProviders.net
8.   www.FindProbateAttorneys.net
9.   www.FindSeniorLivingCommunities.net
10. www.FindVAAccreditedAttorneys.net

In our Elder Care / Senior Care Directories you will also find Answers and Articles about a wide range of Elder Care Matters, information that is provided by our ElderCare Matters Partners – some of America’s TOP Elder Care / Senior Care Professionals who are members of the national ElderCare Matters Alliance and have years of experience in helping families with Elder Care Matters.

Estate Planning
Emily R. Taylor, Esq.
Emily R. Taylor, Attorney PLLC
Scottsdale, Arizona
An ElderCare Matters Partner


Elder Care / Senior Care Directories Sponsored by
the national ElderCare Matters Alliance:


www.ElderCareMatters.com
www.ElderCareWebsites.com
www.FindDailyMoneyManagers.net
www.FindElderCareMediators.net
www.FindElderLawAttorneys.net
www.FindEstatePlanningAttorneys.net
www.FindGeriatricCareManagers.net
www.FindHomeCareProviders.net
www.FindLongTermCareInsurance.net
www.FindMedicaidAttorneys.net
www.FindProbateAttorneys.net
www.FindSeniorLivingCommunities.net
www.FindSeniorMoveManagers.net
www.FindSpecialNeedsAttorneys.net
www.FindVAAccreditedAttorneys.net