Health Care Proxy Forms for Surrogates

When you decide to become a surrogate, you are giving another couple a chance at building a family, a chance that they may not otherwise have had. Your role is vital, as it’s important that you take excellent care of yourself and the baby during the entire process. However, no matter how carefully you plan … Read more

Planning for Incapacity: Establishing an Incapacity Plan

The word “incapacitation” sounds frightening. Imagine lying in a bed and not being able to physically or mentally care for yourself or make decisions.  That is a scary prospect, right?  However, what’s even more frightening is being incapacitated and not having anyone with the legal authority to handle your finances or make medical decisions for … Read more

Planning Operating Expenses into Your Wills and Trusts Administration in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties

When working with a wills and trusts administration lawyer here in Montgomery or Prince George’s County, there are certain things you probably already have in mind.  For example, you may want to set up trusts to avoid tax pitfalls or to create a will, which clearly outlines what is to happen to your property upon … Read more

How to Start Conversations with Your Aging Parents

There are several aspects of estate planning in Maryland that are less than fun, and that means that a lot of people choose to put the process off indefinitely.  There’s the need to gather a lot of documentation together, pay for an estate planning attorney, and not insignificantly, to contemplate one’s own death.  Adult children … Read more

How To Tell If Your Loved One’s Finances Are Out of Control

Elder law attorneys in Upper Marlboro, Prince George’s County, focus on bridging the generations, and because of that, we understand many of the nuances that create a disconnect between adult children and their aging parents.  One major issue can be that of finances.  In the older generation, it is still considered fairly taboo to discuss … Read more

Bethesda and Upper Marlboro Elder Law Attorney Tackles the Sibling Situation

Siblings often have trouble agreeing on anything, so why should it be any different when it comes to Mom and Dad’s elder care?  Unfortunately, those of us in elder law see quite often how families have a very difficult time when it comes to determining what is best for aging parents.

In some cases, one sibling may be expected to take on an unreasonable portion of the elder care with other siblings not recognizing (or possibly not caring) that it is a hardship. Other times, siblings simply can’t agree on the best course of medical intervention or the choice of an assisted living facility.

A Bethesda and Upper Marlboro elder law attorney can actually help avoid or work through some of these issues.

The best approach is to start early.  Most siblings can likely agree that having your parents make their wishes known in advance is a good thing.  The attorney can help them draw up some very important documents before they are even needed. 

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How To Plan for Incapacity or Disability

One very important part of estate planning that is often overlooked is Incapacity or Disability Planning.  Most people view estate planning as planning for what happens after you die.  However, what would happen if you became mentally incapacitated? To take care of yourself and to maintain control of your financial affairs during a period of … Read more