Category Archives: Elder Law & LTC Planning

Many families do not realize how complicated Long Term Care decisions can be. Without proper guidance, it is easy to make costly mistakes. Four Pillars Law Firm helps aging individuals protect and preserve their assets while also maximizing eligibility for assistance with medical care. Our Long Term Care planning strategies can protect your assets for the continued support of your family and loved ones.

Elder Law Attorneys Observe May as National Elder Law Month

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) has designated May the National Elder Law Month. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NAELA was formed in 1987 in response to the growing legal needs of older adults, people with special needs, and … Continue reading

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Today is the day to discuss your Healthcare Decisions with your loved ones

          Four Pillars Law Firm, PLLC, along with other national, state and community organizations, is leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of … Continue reading

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Funding Long Term Care

Many people don’t think about their potential long term care needs until they’re faced with the need for long term care.  When faced with the emotional and physical turmoil of a loved one’s long term care needs, families quickly learn … Continue reading

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Is Guardianship Necessary?

As parents age, many children have to grapple with the fact that they may have to begin making financial and healthcare decisions on behalf of their parents.  Normally this comes about due to cognitive issues from which a parent is … Continue reading

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Selecting Trustworthy Lifetime Agents

Last week’s blog discussed Mickey Rooney’s legal and financial struggles in later years as a victim of elder abuse.  Victims of elder abuse are almost always isolated in their surroundings, otherwise they would have the chance to reach out to … Continue reading

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Mickey Rooney: His Life, Death & Legacy

Mickey Rooney died over the weekend at the age of 93, but his legacy will live on!  Many Americans probably reflect fondly on his nine-decade long career in show business.  However, his real legacy may prove to be his personal … Continue reading

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Medicare No Longer Requires “Improvement Standard” for Coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated the program manuals used by Medicare contractors in order to “clarify” that coverage of skilled nursing and skilled therapy services does not depend on a beneficiary’s potential for improvement but rather … Continue reading

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IRS Issues 2014 Long Term Care Premium Deductibility Limits

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is increasing the amount taxpayers can deduct from their 2014 taxes as a result of buying long-term care insurance. Premiums for “qualified” long-term care insurance policies (see explanation below) are tax deductible to the extent … Continue reading

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Should You Sign a Nursing Home Admission Agreement?

Admitting a loved one to a nursing home can be very stressful. In addition to dealing with a sick family member and managing all the details involved with the move, you must decide whether to sign all the papers the … Continue reading

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Have You Anticipated Your Aging Parents’ Needs?

Despite their lack of request for assistance, many aging parents may truly benefit from their children’s assistance with their financial well-being. Contrary to what you may believe, I don’t necessarily mean direct financial assistance. Instead, I am talking about assistance … Continue reading

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