Hook, a Virginia attorney, says he became involved in the SNA “to work with other attorneys nationally to assist persons
with disabilities and their families with the complex legal issues that confront them,” and for the families of persons with autism, what a complex maze that can be. DOWNLOAD »
RIA Estate Planning Journal article on The Elder Law Durable Power of Attorney
Traditional legal estate planning tools included living trusts and guardianship/conservatorship. The living trust has the benefit of settled law and probate avoidance, however, the trustee’s authority is limited to the management and disposition of the trust assets. The guardianship/conservatorship has the benefit of being available when the elderly person is incapacitated, but it is time-consuming, expensive, and a public proceeding. As a result of these limitations and drawbacks, Elder Law attorneys have turned to the durable power of attorney as the preferred tool for the management of an elderly person’s affairs. DOWNLOAD »
Information on RIA Publication “Representing the Elderly or Disabled Client,” co-authored by Thomas D. Begley Jr. and Andrew H. Hook
Representing the Elderly or Disabled Client: Forms & Checklists with Commentarydelivers all the necessary forms along with the baseline systems that will streamline the process, allowing the practitioner to use his or her time more efficiently. CLICK HERE to learn more.
Life Care Planning at Hook Law Center: Where Sensitivity Meets Solution
Close to 40 million Americans are aged 65 and older, and about 30% of seniors live alone. At the turn of the 20th century, Americans lived to the modest age of 47; today’s average life expectancy exceeds 83 years. While increased life span can mean more time to enjoy the “Golden Years,” it also means more resources are needed to last a lifetime. As we age, the questions and options we face grow more complex and confusing. Managing medical issues, finances, where we will live and how to maintain quality-of-life requires thoughtful planning. DOWNLOAD »
What is Elder Law?
In the late 1980’s the legal profession realized that it was poorly training its members to assist persons over the age of 65. To address this situation, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) was formed in 1988. MORE »
What is a CELA?
Attorneys certified in elder law must be capable of recognizing issues of concern that arise during counseling and representation of older persons, or their representatives, with respect to abuse, neglect, or exploitation of the older person, insurance, housing, long-term care, employment, and retirement. The certified elder law attorney must also be familiar with professional and non-legal resources and services publicly and privately available to meet the needs of the older persons, and be capable of recognizing the professional conduct and ethical issues that arise during representation. MORE »
Obtaining or Refusing Treatments that Reflect the Client’s Wishes
Most of our older clients at some point confront the necessity of making critical health care decisions. Many of them have treatment preferences and want to avoid inappropriately aggressive healthcare during a terminal illness.How should these treatment preferences be implemented if the client is unable to make his or her own healthcare decisions? MORE »
Ten Questions for Aging Parents
If you are squeamish about having this dialogue – especially about whether parents will need to live with their children someday – you are not alone. By openly sharing your concerns, adult children and parents can learn how to face the challenges of old age together without creating undue stress or burdens. MORE »