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Advising Elderly Clients and Their Families 2015 Edition

Essential resource for attorneys who advise elder clients, covering issues ranging from taxes, death, and real estate to healthcare, guardianship, and adoption. Includes editable forms.
  • Product ID: 15ADVELDERU
  • Formats:
    • Handbook
    • E-book


This handbook gives you fact-packed guidance in the fastest-growing area of client need for the 21st century, including the law, the resources, and the practical tips you need to plan for your older clients’ needs and advocate their interests. Included is a chapter on demystifying neuropsychology in elder law practice to help you with perhaps the greatest challenge in this area of the law — working with clients and opposing parties who may suffer from diminished mental capacity. Thorough, practical guidance is also provided in the following areas:

•   Social Security and railroad retirement benefits

•   Medicare, Medicaid, and long-term care insurance

•   Illinois medical assistance for long-term care: nursing homes, supportive living facilities, and community care program services

•   planning for incapacity: powers of attorney, living trusts, and forms of ownership

•   guardianship for disabled adults

•   planning for disability: Powers of Attorney for Health Care Law, Illinois Living Will Act, Health Care Surrogate Act, and agency-court relationship statute

•   personal injury and wrongful-death actions under the Nursing Home Care Act

•   nursing homes and life-care communities

•   analyzing long-term care admissions contracts

•   pensions and other employee benefits

•   consumer fraud and older Illinoisans

•   grandparents’ rights

•   survey of elder abuse and neglect in Illinois

•   protecting seniors from discrimination in housing

•   tax planning for the elderly

Among the editable forms are the Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney for Health Care, the Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney for Property, a living will declaration, a HIPAA medical record disclosure authorization, a petition for adjudication of disability and appointment of guardian, a sample nursing home complaint for wrongful death and other applicable provisions, a sample consumer fraud complaint, and petitions for grandparent visitation rights and for guardianship of a minor. Also included are checklists for evaluating long-term care admissions contracts and for recognizing and managing clients with diminished competence.

Chapter 1 — Planning for Social Security or Railroad Retirement Benefits
Robert M. Perbohner, U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, Chicago, Hon. Michael R. Robinson, Illinois Human Rights Commission, Springfield, and Debra S. Chesnin, U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, Chicago

Chapter 2 — Medicare and Long-Term Care Insurance
Heather Voorn, DeLaney DeLaney & Voorn, Ltd., Orland Park

Chapter 3 — Illinois Medical Assistance for Long-Term Care: Nursing Homes, Supportive Living Facilities, and Community Care Program Services
Janna S. Dutton and Helen Mesoloras, Dutton & Casey, P.C., Chicago

Chapter 4 — Planning for Incapacity: Powers of Attorney, Living Trusts, and Forms of Ownership
William L. Broom III and Carey C. Gill, Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes & Hoke, LLP, Carbondale

Chapter 5 — Guardianship for Disabled Adults
Sharon R. Rudy, Sharon R. Rudy, P.C., Public Guardian and Public Administrator, Winnebago and Boone Counties, Rockford

Chapter 6 — Planning for Disability: The Powers of Attorney for Health Care Law, the Illinois Living Will Act, the Health Care Surrogate Act, and the Agency-Court Relationship Statute
Pauline G. Dembicki, Evanston

Chapter 7 — Personal Injury and Wrongful-Death Actions Under the Nursing Home Care Act
Steven M. Levin and Michael F. Bonamarte IV, Levin & Perconti, Chicago

Chapter 8 — Nursing Homes and Life-Care Communities
Catherine Lenert, Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi & Andersson, P.C., Aurora

Chapter 9 — Analyzing Long-Term Care Admissions Contracts
Amy Parise DeLaney, DeLaney DeLaney & Voorn, Ltd., Chicago and Orland Park

Chapter 10 — Pensions and Other Employee Benefits
Lee T. Polk, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., Chicago

Chapter 11 — Consumer Fraud and Older Illinoisans
Deborah Hagan and Rebecca L. Pruitt, Consumer Protection Division, Office of the Attorney General, Springfield

Chapter 12 — Grandparents’ Rights
Andrea K. Muchin and Brittany Heitz, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP, Chicago

Chapter 13 — Survey of Elder Abuse and Neglect in Illinois
Jaye R. Lindsay, Lindsay Law, Ltd., Chicago

Chapter 14 — Protecting Seniors from Discrimination in Housing
F. Willis Caruso and Michael P. Seng, The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center, Chicago

Chapter 15 — Tax Planning for the Elderly
Ben A. Neiburger, Generation Law, Ltd., Elmhurst

Chapter 16 — Demystifying Neuropsychology in Elder Law Practice
Colin A. Brietzke, Psy.D., Chicagoland Neuropsychology LLC, Oak Park, and Jay R. Lindsay, Lindsay Law, Ltd., Chicago


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