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Why most senior caregivers are household employees not independent contractors

The senior caregiver you've hired is most likely a household employee, not an independent contractor. Here's why: "The vast majority of in-home senior caregivers are classified as employees because they don't meet the independent contractor criteria; therefore, the employer must administer the payroll and tax process, withhold the taxes correctly and remit... more

Wallet-friendly senior care resources for those needing financial assistance

This list of affordable senior care resources can help you research and understand what programs and resources are available if the senior you are caring for has limited means. Financial benefits (Medicare & Medicaid) Cash and Counseling Program Contact your local Area Agency on Aging and ask who to call to... more

How the Aid and Attendance Benefit can help veterans lower senior care costs

Enter a caption... Many veterans and their spouses are unaware of a benefit they are entitled to that could help them pay for care as they age, says Certified Elder Law Attorney Denise N. Yurkofsky. While the Aid and Attendance benefit can be extremely helpful, there are strict eligibility requirements regarding income... more

How to be a strong advocate for your elderly parents

It was close to midnight. I was worried, tired and cold. Why are emergency rooms always so cold? A few hours earlier I had brought my 91-year-old father to the hospital because he had a bad infection. I was my father’s health care proxy, designated to make health care decisions... more

Do you need a probate lawyer? 4 questions to ask

Navigating the probate process can be tricky and time-consuming for any executor. As the person in charge of carrying out the last wishes of the recently deceased, you’re responsible for ensuring that all assets are properly calculated, financial liabilities are settled, and the remaining property is distributed appropriately to the estate’s... more

The 6 steps of probating an estate

After a person dies, it can be difficult to know what is to be done with the property and possessions they left behind. Probate is the judicial process that ensures that the deceased person’s debts are paid and that any remaining assets or property are distributed properly to their heirs and beneficiaries... more

Do you need a health care proxy if you’re married?

A health care proxy, also known as a durable power of attorney for health care or a medical power of attorney, is a document that lets you appoint a person to make healthcare decisions on your behalf if you’re ever unable to do so. This person has the power to consult with... more

Best online end-of-life planning and document services

The multitude of documents required to create an end-of-life plan can feel overwhelming. For health care, there are medical directives including living wills, durable powers of attorney, and POLST documents. There are powers of attorney for financial accounts, wills, trusts, and life insurance policies. Don’t forget instructions for your pets. There are several websites that... more