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Older Adults and Income Tax
Usually, people who retire earn less income and therefore owe less income tax. However, individuals with a generous retirement income may still owe significant taxes. If you are required to file an income tax return and fail to do so, the IRS may add penalty and interest charges on any tax you owe. Exemptions ... READ MORE

The IRA: A Useful Retirement Savings Tool
America is facing a “retirement savings crisis.” Among working-age Americans, 45 percent have saved no money at all for retirement. This includes nearly a third of those between the ages of 55 and 64. Among those with some savings, 75 percent have less than $30,000. One way to avert your own savings ... READ MORE

10 Things Funeral Directors Won't Mention
It's very difficult to lose a loved one. You're in a state of grief, and maybe a state of shock. The last thing you want to think about is planning the funeral. Funeral directors are used to help grieving families handle all the details of a funeral. They have many responsibilities in a short span of ... READ MORE

Are Senior Citizen Discounts Legal?
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed August 21 as "National Senior Citizens Day." It's a day meant to honor and celebrate our senior citizens for the many contributions they made and continue to make to our society. For years before the proclamation all the way today, stores, restaurants, and ... READ MORE

Checklist: Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Choices
Acting on the realization that your aging parent or loved one can't live alone anymore can be among the hardest life events you'll face. Finding and choosing a nursing home or assisted living facility means choosing a new lifestyle, and big decisions on finances and health. Keep the following factors ... READ MORE

Driver's Licenses and the Elderly
Few adults enjoy seeing the signs of aging. Our vision and hearing weakens and reflexes slow. Coping and correcting problems, by using glasses or contacts, can help. However, many drivers reach an age and condition where it isn't safe to keep driving. This age and stage is different for everyone. There's ... READ MORE

Elder Care: Nutrition and Feeding at Nursing Homes
In addition to receiving nutritious meals at nursing facilities, residents may be surprised to find that some of their favorite foods are served. Nursing facilities try to accommodate residents' food preferences and give feeding assistance to those residents who suffer from nutrition, dietary or eating ... READ MORE

Getting Credit After 62
Getting credit after you have retired from work may be more difficult than you expect even if you have an excellent credit score. The reason for this may be that your income is lower than it was when you were working or it may be that you do not have a sufficient credit history to get credit. You may ... READ MORE

Health Care Power of Attorney
A medical care power of attorney is a document that appoints someone else to make decisions regarding your medical care. Another name for this document is called durable power of attorney for health care. You should know the law regarding this document because of its importance. Reasons for a Medical ... READ MORE

State Inspections and Licensing of Nursing Homes
Your mother is a resident in a nursing facility and you want the comfort of knowing that the facility is adequately providing for her care and needs. All nursing facilities must meet certain criteria and standards to be licensed and certified under state and federal regulations. And, the facility will ... READ MORE

 

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You will need to hire an attorney to file a petition in court to be appointed as her guardian/conservator.

I think you could report anything you feel to be a violation, but I'm not sure it rises to the level of an ethics violation.  At the time your grandmother made this arrangement, perhaps she thoug ...Read more

I have never heard of the restriction.  I would move them in anyway, and deal with the consequences.  Maybe you could claim it was "temporary" that you are just providing care during rehabil ...Read more

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Can I get power of attorney over my mother?

Q: My mother is extremely ill and is refusing to get medical treatment. I’ve threatened to call an ambulance, but she says that she’ll refuse to go to the hospital. Can I get power of atto ... Read more

Can I be charged with neglect as caretaker of my uncle?

Q: I am caring for an elderly uncle who has paranoid dementia. I have no real social support network of friends or extended family. I am honoring his request and refuse to place him in a nursing home. ... Read more

Who has final say in healthcare decisions, a spouse or an attorney in fact?

Q: My 95-year-old stepmother is facing decisions about rehab options. My father, married to her for 27 years feels he should be the one to make decisions for his wife (she has dementia and Alzheimer&# ... Read more

Can my mother grant me a power of attorney if her domestic partner is not w

Q: My mother is 80 years old and showing signs of dementia. 14 years-ago a man lived in her house. Throughout those years my mother lived with uncertainty and anguish because this man is alcoholic.&#1 ... Read more

How do I instigate an audit of my elderly mother’s money? She is being swin

Q: I believe my 88-year-old mother received a settlement from a lawsuit and my younger sibling who lives with her and is disabled is spending it. He is acquiring lots of assets. (Bridgeville, PA) A: & ... Read more

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