Orange County Elder Lawyer

Discuss Your Social Security Options with an Elder Lawyer in Orange County

For many elder lawyer clients, Social Security benefits represent a very large portion of their post-retirement income.  Because of the way that the system has changed since it was originated in 1935, it is extremely complex.  Literally hundreds of amendments have been made in the nearly 80 years since the Social Security Act.  It may …

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Orange County Elder Lawyer Helps You REALLY Talk To Your Parents

Talking to parents can be very difficult. In fact, it can be more difficult to have a deep conversation if you’re really close to your parents, because frequent communication and closeness means that important subjects often get placed on the back burner, and patterns of communication take the place of authentic talks built from the …

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Orange County Elder Lawyer Asks, “Are You Really Retirement Ready?”

Playing a round of golf whenever you want… Traveling to those exotic destinations you’ve always dreamed of… Spending precious time with grandchildren… Those are all the things most of us think of when we think of retirement. But being ready to retire means more than just reaching a certain age or renewing your subscription to …

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Orange County Elder Lawyer Discusses The Kindness of Being Prepared

By Darlynn Morgan, Orange County Elder Lawyer Nursing homes… Assisted living centers… At-home assistance… These are all options for medical care when we age and can no longer care for ourselves alone. But there is one more approach for medical care for those facing a terminal illness – hospice care. More than just a place …

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5 Steps to Avoid Financial Strain When Caring for Aging Parents

I wanted to share a link to this wonderful video I found online about having “tough financial conversations” with aging parents when it appears they do not have, or will quickly be running out of money, to cover their long-term care expenses. In my opinion as an Orange County elder attorney, this issue is more …

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Orange County Elder Lawyer Explains How To Plan An Effective Family Meeting

As an Orange County elder lawyer, I know that too often we handle family issues in crisis management mode. We wait until the unthinkable happens…a fall, a sudden illness, or even a death, and then everyone goes into emotional overdrive, sometimes with catastrophic results. If we really want to take care of our families and …

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Orange County Elder Lawyer Answers, “What is Long Term Care and Why Do I Need To Think About It Now?”

As an Orange County elder lawyer, I help people plan for long-term care costs every day. Long-term care can include any service that helps people who have a prolonged illness. The illness can be a physical disability or a cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia. The services may include help with activities of …

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Orange County Elder Lawyer Helps You Decide If Your Aging Loved One Needs Long Term Care

By Darlynn Morgan, Orange County Elder Lawyer As an Orange County elder lawyer, I know it’s hard to think about, but imagine one of these scenarios… Your mother falls, breaks her hip and requires hospitalization and long term follow up care… Your spouse repeatedly wanders off and gets lost… Your grandmother has lost an unusual …

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When It Comes To Medicaid Planning, Now Is Always Better Than Later Says Orange County Elder Lawyer

As an Orange County elder lawyer, I often hear people exclaim during their planning sessions “I hope I never end up in a nursing home!” How many times have you said it yourself? The loss of personal freedom as well as the potentially devastating financial cost can be a scary proposition.  Depending on where you …

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