“Choose” to Replace “Should” and “Supposed to” in Big Decisions

Posted on October 31, 2017 by Hawkins Elder Law.

  [See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] Is it possible for senses of duty, obligation, and responsibility to be harmful for people? Trust and estate lawyers working with multiple generations of people often see sharp generational differences in people’s expectations of themselves and people of other generations. This article considers when traditional senses […]

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Medicaid Alternatives for Aged and Disabled Adults

Posted on December 4, 2016 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] The Medicaid system is maturing and showing promise of improving nursing home alternatives compared to the few meaningful alternatives to nursing home care that existed when we began our elder law career almost quarter century ago. Back then, almost every dementia or stroke patient had […]

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Unreasonable Family Promises Create Unbearable Burdens

Posted on August 22, 2016 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] The Apostle Paul described balanced responsibilities of children to honor their parents and parents to behave reasonably toward their children this way: “As for children, obey your parents in the Lord, because it is right. The commandment Honor your father and mother is the first […]

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Caregiving Requires Strength, Health, and Realism

Posted on October 24, 2015 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] Economic and sociological factors have transformed the way we care for elderly family members over the past sixty years. We celebrate economic and social progress, but many caregivers pay heavy costs for that progress. Most of us have living parents or grandparents that have survived […]

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Bringing Aged Family Members Home

Posted on August 29, 2015 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] No reasonably healthy person hopes to end up in a nursing home. Many family members struggle with guilt about admitting their loved ones to nursing homes. Relatively recent changes in Medicaid funding have made it possible for people to care for their elderly family members […]

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Estate Planning for Family Unity

Posted on October 6, 2014 by Hawkins Elder Law.

[See our Disclaimers page about relying on this website’s contents.] Most people have experienced conflict or heard of families that have split after the death of an older family member. Conflicts are a natural part of life, but not all conflicts have to happen. This article describes some things that people can do to maintain […]

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