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Understanding the Three Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Understanding the Three Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

By Paul E. Riffel |

Alzheimer’s Disease is a type of brain disorder that degrades memory, thinking, and behavior. Symptoms typically develop slowly and progress until patients become incapable of taking care of themselves. Did you know that, while there is no known cure, understanding the three stages of the disease can help slow its detrimental impacts and improve… Read More »

Where Should Children in Co-Parenting Situations Shelter?

Where Should Children in Co-Parenting Situations Shelter?

By Paul E. Riffel |

These days we are all in uncharted territory, and we are all doing our best to find our way through this strange, new world. We find this can be especially challenging for those families who are going through a divorce, or contemplating one in the future. We all realize now that some of us… Read More »

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Resources for Family Caregivers in America This National Elder Law Month

By Paul E. Riffel |

Unfortunately, Covid-19 and the surrounding pandemic are not the only thing that many of us are dealing with right now. Are you in your 40s or 50s? Are you currently caring for an aging parent? Do you also have young children? Has an adult child moved back in? Do you feel compelled to put… Read More »

Estate Planning from your Living Room

Estate Planning from your Living Room

By Paul E. Riffel |

During this pandemic, many people are understandably concerned about mortality. Pandemic or no pandemic, we are all going to die but you can find comfort knowing your family is taken care of and your wishes honored with a good estate plan. Here is a way to obtain a custom drafted estate plan just like… Read More »

Medicaid

What’s the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?

By Paul E. Riffel |

Many people confuse the two programs of Medicare and Medicaid – and with such similar names, it’s not surprising! Here’s the difference: Medicare is a program that all Americans are entitled to at the age of 65 (or earlier if disabled). Generally, Medicare does not pay for nursing home care. It will however cover… Read More »

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Nursing home care is expensive

By Paul E. Riffel |

As people age, they are often surprised to learn how much nursing homes cost. Nursing home bills often run $85,000 or more annually, and many seniors quickly deplete their life savings trying to pay for the care, treatment and support they need. Because of these, a good estate planning attorney will take into consideration… Read More »

New Health Care Surrogate Form

By Paul E. Riffel |

As of October 1, 2015 the Florida health care surrogate law was revised. This new revision allows the health care surrogate to become effective immediately without needing to prove the signor is incapacitated. This is very important since it can save a lot of time having the health care surrogate accepted. For example, under… Read More »

Wills

The truth about will-preparation software

By Paul E. Riffel |

Even people who use software to create their own wills should meet with an estate-planning attorney, according to an article in the New York Times. The author of the Times article used several programs to draft her will, and then she met with an attorney to discuss her drafts—and their errors and potential problems…. Read More »

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Do you need a will?

By Paul E. Riffel |

Fewer than half of American adults have wills, according to a survey reported on by the New York Times. “No one likes to think about dying — and that is probably one reason most Americans lack wills,” the article states. Another reason: “I just haven’t gotten around to it.” But this is a dangerous… Read More »

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The three most important things when choosing a lawyer:

By Paul E. Riffel |

Find a lawyer whose goal is a fair and equitable result for you. Probably one of the most important aspects of hiring a lawyer is the lawyer’s personality. Is the lawyer interested in obtaining a fair and equitable result for you or simply litigating the case? The former results in a quicker, cheaper divorce… Read More »

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