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What Can Be Done About Driving Skills As We Age?

OCTOBER 7, 2002 VOLUME 10, NUMBER 14 Driving is an enormously important issue to our elderly (and disabled) clients, their family and friends. In the western U.S. and particularly in Tucson, transportation without a car is difficult and inconvenient. Safety of both the driver and the public is paramount, but the loss of independence and …

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Two California Cases Illustrate Types of Elder Abuse, Neglect

SEPTEMBER 30, 2002 VOLUME 10, NUMBER 13 Abuse of the elderly may be physical or financial. In some cases caretakers or family members may simply have failed to provide adequate care and that neglect may have lead to injury (or even death). Most elder care professionals recognize that all three kinds of misconduct are seriously …

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Federal Court Approves State’s Medicaid Drug Savings Plan

SEPTEMBER 23, 2002 VOLUME 10, NUMBER 12 Like other states, Florida is experiencing runaway cost increases in Medicaid, the federal/state program which provides medical care for the poor. One particular area of concern has been the cost of prescription drugs (unlike the Medicare program, Medicaid covers medication costs). Last year the Florida legislature took steps …

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Unsigned Will Invalid Despite Clear Intentions of Decedent

SEPTEMBER 9, 2002 VOLUME 10, NUMBER 10 Christel McPeak thought she had done her estate planning properly. She had hired an attorney, reviewed drafts of a will, durable power of attorney for financial purposes and health care directive, and she had approved the drafts. Then she went to her lawyer’s office and signed the final …

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Failure to Claim Share of Estate Results In Medicaid Ineligibility

SEPTEMBER 2, 2002 VOLUME 10, NUMBER 9 Medicaid, the federal-state program which pays for about half of all nursing home care in the United States, is governed by eligibility rules intended to discourage applicants from making gifts as a way of qualifying. For example, Medicaid penalizes most gifts for a period up to three years—though …

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Bank May Be Liable For Loss Caused By Fiduciary Breach

AUGUST 26, 2002 VOLUME 10, NUMBER 8 One of the most important rules governing fiduciaries is that they must never commingle the money they manage for others with their own funds. This overriding principle applies to personal representatives of estates (sometimes called executors), conservators of the estates of minors and incapacitated adults, trustees, and agents …

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Nursing Home Fined $320,000 Over Care of Ventilator Patients

AUGUST 19, 2002 VOLUME 10, NUMBER 7 When a nursing home demonstrates that it is unable to provide consistent quality care there are several ways to correct its problems. The marketplace offers one corrective opportunity, of course. Personal injury lawsuits may effect some improvement in future care, if only because the nursing home’s insurance provider …

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State High Court Allows Gift of Home Using Power of Attorney

AUGUST 5, 2002 VOLUME 10, NUMBER 5 In addition to the danger inherent in powers of attorney (they can literally be licenses to steal) there can be another problem with the documents in practice. For at least some transactions (especially gifts) the use of a power of attorney is often viewed with suspicion, and even …

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