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Kathleen Audia is sixty three (63) years old this year. She has been hearing impaired since childhood, and lost total hearing when she was fifty-five (55). Her primary language is American Sign Language; she does not read lips well enough to understand more than a small portion of conversations. In 2015, Kathleen fell. She had […]

On January 29, 2018, CNN reported that a British Court ruled in favor of doctors, and against parents, holding that doctors could withdraw life support for a severely disabled child. Baby Isaiah was born by emergency cesarean after his mother experienced a rupture in her uterus. At birth, he had no audible heartbeat or respiration, […]

On December 28, 2017, CNN reported the beating of an eighty-six year old man with dementia who was a resident in an assisted living facility. Apparently a younger resident accused the older gentleman of eating his cupcake. The younger resident then beat the older man more than 50 times during a two minute period. No […]

A video clip from Dr. Phil shows him interviewing the wife of someone with a chronic illness, pointing out the strain on caregivers. One of the points made is that you can’t give what you don’t have, so you must make time to take care of yourself. The clip is available at the following link. https://vimeo.com/239019698/d545b4d937 […]

Have you ever wondered what’s different about a Certified Elder Law Attorney and other lawyers? The following article describes the rigorous examination, which is only one element of the process. http://www.nelf.org/the-cela-exam-no-harder-than-it-needs-to-be/

The SEC approved: (1) the adoption of new FINRA Rule 2165 (Financial Exploitation of Specified Adults) to permit members to place temporary holds on disbursements of funds or securities from the accounts of specified customers where there is a reasonable belief of financial exploitation of these customers; and (2) amendments to FINRA Rule 4512 (Customer […]

Lola Norton was a nursing home resident. After her death, her husband brought a wrongful death claim against PruittHealth – Taccoa. The alleged injuries are unimportant for purposes of this blog article. The nursing home responded to the lawsuit by showing where Kim, Lola’s daugher and agent under Lola’s power of attorney, signed an arbitration agreement. […]

In Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools (February 23, 2017), the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Ehlena Fry, a child with cerebral palsy, should have her day in court to argue that “Wonder,” her service dog, may accompany her to school. Wonder is a trained service dog, recommended by Ehlena’s pediatrician. Wonder, a goldendoodle, helps Ehlena to […]

VA Pension benefits, which includes VA Aid & Attendance, requires 90 days of active duty and at least one of those days must have been during a wartime period. Under current law, VA recognizes the following wartime periods to determine eligibility for VA Pension benefits: Mexican Border Period (May 9, 1916 – April 5, 1917 […]

The application for extra assistance paying for prescription drugs is at: https://secure.ssa.gov/i1020/start You should complete this application for Extra Help on the Internet if: You have Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and/or Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance); and You live in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia; and Your combined savings, […]

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