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Age Discrimination

Since the 1960s, the federal government has enacted many laws prohibiting discrimination against individuals based upon their age. Such laws apply in all states and many states have enacted additional laws that enhance the federal protections.

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Coordination of Health Insurance Benefits With Traditional Medicare

When a person is covered by more than one health insurance carrier it is important to know which insurance is responsible to pay for what service(s) and in what order of priority.

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Court Proceedings and Litigation

Litigation begins with a civil complaint that the defending parties must answer.

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Durable Powers of Attorney

A person may not perform legal tasks for an incapacitated adult without legal authority.

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Elder Abuse Neglect and Exploitation

With the aging of the American population, problems of the elderly have become more widespread. One unfortunate outgrowth of this development has been the increased frequency of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults.

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Estate Planning and Probate

Estate planning means much more than preparing a Last Will and Testament or tax planning for the disposition of your assets upon your death.

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Guardianship and Conservatorship

Guardianship, referred to in some states as conservatorship, is a legal proceeding, when an adult can no longer make or communicate safe or sound decisions about his or her person and/or assets.

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Joint Tenancy

Many persons own assets with someone else. Such assets may include their home, land, cars, bank accounts, stocks, bonds, credit union accounts, or any other kinds of property.

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Living Trusts

A Living Trust is an agreement between you (the Settlor or Trustor) and an individual or entity (the Trustee) made during your lifetime.

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Long-Term Care Insurance

Many people are under the mistaken belief that Medicare and Medicaid supplement policies will cover the cost of long-term care.

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Medicaid

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that provides payment for medical care for persons unable to afford to pay.

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Medicare (Including Part A)

When a person is covered by more than one health insurance carrier it is important to know which insurance is responsible to pay for what service(s) and in what order of priority.

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Medicare Part B

Medicare Part B is optional for beneficiaries, who must pay a monthly premium for coverage.

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Medicare Part D

Beginning in 2006, Medicare beneficiaries have the option of enrolling in a prescription drug benefit.

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Self-Funded Special Needs Trusts

A Special Needs Trust is a type of trust designed to protect the assets of a person with a disability.

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Understanding Elder Law and Special Needs Planning Ethics

In order for a lawyer to join NAELA, he or she must sign a statement supporting NAELA’s Aspirational Standards for the Practice of Elder Law.

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