Archive for the ‘Elder Law’ Category

  • When Alzheimer’s or Dementia Strikes Your Loved One

    Mar 09, 2017

    Of all the health issues that people fear, being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia are high on the list. People do not want to lose their ability to live independently, and their family members don’t want that for them either. Unfortunately, the number of people who have been diagnosed…

  • Want to Stay at Home as You Age? Know Your Home Health Care Options

    Mar 09, 2017

    Thank you to Bayada Home Health Care for agreeing to contribute to the Rothamel Bratton blog. We feel that they have information about home health care that will be invaluable to our clients and their families. Most senior citizens prefer to stay in their own homes as long as possible….

  • [FREE WEBINAR] Get the Most Out of Social Security While You Still Can

    Feb 07, 2017

    For most Americans, the Social Security pension will be their largest asset in retirement. Deciding when is the most advantageous time to retire and when to take this benefit is crucial to maximizing long-term wealth. At Rothamel Bratton, we guide our clients through the myriad rules surrounding Social Security pension…

  • Grandparents: Think Twice Before Paying Tuition

    Jan 11, 2017

    A recent New Jersey appellate court case yielded bad luck to a grandmother who attempted to loan her daughter funds to pay for her granddaughter’s tuition. Medicaid, the federal program that will pay for long-term care objected to this type of transaction because the regulations classify this type of transfer…

  • Conversations to Have and Signs to Look for with Elderly Relatives Over the Holidays

    Dec 20, 2016

    One of the greatest joys of the holiday season lies in having the opportunity to walk away from your daily responsibilities and spend real quality time with loved ones. If you have elderly relatives who you will be visiting over the next few weeks, make sure that you set aside…

  • WARNING: Read Before You Sign

    Dec 12, 2016

    We often counsel our clients with regard to the importance of fully understanding the content of admission agreements and any other contract for that matter. Recently, a District Court of Appeals in Florida upheld an arbitration clause in the admission agreement signed by the applicant’s daughter and attorney-in-fact, Debra. Debra…

  • 2017 Spousal Impoverishment and Home Equity Figures Released

    Dec 06, 2016

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released new figures relating to Medicaid’s Community Spouse Resource Allowance, Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance, and Home Equity Limits.

  • Helping a Loved One Cope With Loss of Independence

    Nov 08, 2016

    There is a point in everybody’s life where the roles we play for one another can begin to reverse.  While our children grow older and become self-sufficient adults who no longer need their parent’s watchful eye, our parents who once took care of us become elderly and may need our…

  • [FREE WEBINAR] The 10 Most Common Estate Planning and Elder Law Mistakes

    Oct 24, 2016

    With the holidays on the horizon, we’re all thinking about our families. Our team at Rothamel Bratton is no exception. Before you start enjoying quality time with your loved ones this holiday, take a few moments out of your day to ensure they are provided for. Sign up for our…

  • Tips on Fall Prevention

    Sep 22, 2016

    Slip and fall accidents are funny when they happen on comedy shows or in cartoons, but in real life they can be deadly serious. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of five falls causes a serious injury, and every year 2.5 million older Americans…