Numerous New Jersey residents choose to give away some of their money as gifts to various institutions when they die. Does this mean that these institutions can use the assets however they want? Not necessarily. If restrictions are put on the gift and it comes to light that the receiving organization is using the funds improperly, estate litigation may be needed to resolve the situation.
New Jersey residents who are getting on in years may not like thinking about end-of-life matters, but this is something they may want to think about sooner rather than later. Why? Without putting plans in place and having certain legal documents created, in the event of incapacitation or death, senior citizens may be taken advantage of or have their final wishes ignored. These things can be avoided by turning to an elder law attorney to complete end-of-life planning.
Caring for an aging loved one is both an honor and a challenge. Not everyone is up to the task, so they require help from outside sources to do some of the heavy lifting -- so to speak. New Jersey residents want to believe that their loved ones are being taken care of, but the simple truth of the matter is, elder abuse is relatively common, and it is something everyone should look out for.
Many New Jersey residents will end up needing long-term care before their lives come to an end. The problem for most of them will be figuring out how to pay for it. Not everyone has LTC insurance; not many private medical insurance providers will cover it. Only the right type of Medicare is taken at many facilities, and numerous individuals will not have taken the proper steps to get Medicaid coverage when it is actually needed. An elder law attorney can help one plan ahead, so if LTC is needed, one can get the best care possible without completely breaking the bank.
A family in another state is in the midst of a legal battle over the fate of a loved one's estate. According to reports, the estate is worth millions, and several people have since come out of the woodwork, trying to collect their share. Sadly, this happens all too often, in New Jersey and elsewhere, when significant sums of money are involved. Estate litigation is not an easy thing to get through, but with the right help, it is possible to ensure the estate is passed on to the right people.
An article was recently published about elderly and disabled people all across America being evicted from nursing homes for their inability to pay. Apparently, this happens quite frequently, and it leaves those affected scrambling for help. Not many people in New Jersey or elsewhere may realize this, but it is illegal to evict patients from nursing homes without giving them proper notice or allowing them to appeal to their insurance providers. With the assistance of an experienced elder law attorney, those who have been evicted may be able to fight back.
Numerous people in New Jersey and other states reside in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. They depend on the medical staff employed by these facilities to take care of them. The problem is, too many residents fall victim to abuse and neglect. This very issue was recently discussed in a federal hearing. It is undoubtedly an elder law issue that needs addressing at both the federal and state levels.
Those in New Jersey and around the world who grew up reading Marvel comics and watching the blockbuster movies based on those characters are likely familiar with the creator of that world, Stan Lee. Lee built an empire around Iron Man, Doctor Doom, Black Panther and other superheroes and villains. When he died in 2018 at the age of 95, his estate was worth over $50 million. However, recent media reports say that one of Lee's closest advisors may have violated elder law by committing financial abuse against the comic book legend.
Any parent who has a good relationship with his or her children wants to believe that the children will have his or her best interests in mind when age or illness sets in and decisions need to be made regarding medical care and asset control. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Without taking the rights steps to protect oneself and one's assets, it is possible to lose everything. New Jersey residents can avoid a lot of pain, heartache and financial stress by speaking to an elder law attorney about how to properly protect themselves and their property.
Elderly individuals in New Jersey and across the country are often victims of financial abuse. While many want to believe that scam artists are fully behind this, the sad reality is sometimes family members and friends may take advantage of elderly individuals too. An elder law attorney may be able to help those who feel that their loved ones are being financially abused.