Yes, you read that title correctly. In Pennsylvania, a nursing home can sue adult children for a parent’s unpaid nursing home bills. This law is called the Filial Responsibility Law and you need to be aware of it if your parents are currently receiving care or may need care in the future. This law has been in existence for decades but has only recently been used by nursing homes to recover a parent’s unpaid medical
Everyone needs an estate plan, it doesn’t matter what your socio-economic circumstances are. A simple estate plan will typically contain at least three documents. This will generally include a durable medical power of attorney and a durable financial power of attorney. The other document typically found is a way to pass your property upon death such as a will. However, there are times when a trust might be an option in your estate planning instead
It is surprising that even though the one thing so certain in life’s cycle is death, many people don’t know what to do when that inevitable event occurs. Following is a short guide of what to do: At the time of death: Call 911, your local Coroner’s Office or your hospice professional if your loved one is enrolled with hospice. Call family members or friends and ask for help in notifying others. Look through
At the law office of Beth Prather, you will find a team ready to help you through some of life’s most difficult moments. Beth Prather’s credentials as a board certified elder law attorney with expertise in the areas of estate planning, probate, trusts, guardianship, Medicaid, and VA planning bring clients through the door. Her down-to-earth approach and skill at communicating in a manner that can make sense out of difficult topics keep clients coming back.
“I’m not going to a nursing home, I want to stay in my own home.” Unfortunately, physical and mental capacity issues may require additional care that is difficult and extraordinarily expensive in your home. Transitioning into an assisted living or skilled nursing facility can be exhausting and expensive. Proper advanced Medicaid planning with an Elder Law attorney can help you find the government resources to pay for a majority of your health care costs. The
Conflict is a normal, natural part of everyone’s life. Factors that can exacerbate conflict include the well-known things to avoid in polite conversation: religion, politics and money. For families, these big three topics quickly trigger emotions that can be difficult to defuse and when things go awry the aftermath can be felt for decades. According to a May 2018 AARP article “Millennials: The Emerging Generation of Family Caregivers,” there are 40 million family caregivers in