The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put nursing homes and their residents in a difficult situation. In California and across the U.S., a high percentage of coronavirus deaths—close to 40 percent by some counts—have resulted from outbreaks in skilled nursing facilities. Unfortunately, nursing homes will be among the last to reopen after the pandemic subsides, and nobody knows when that might be. The CDC and local public health agencies have issued safety guidelines, and facilities are … [Read more...] about When Can I Visit My Loved One in a Nursing Home?
Although elder abuse is not a new problem in the United States, as the sheer number of seniors continues to increase at historic rates, more and more people are becoming aware of the problem. An increasing number of lawyers known as elder law attorneys have begun to specialize in this area of the law. Dennis M. Sandoval is one of the most respected elder law attorneys in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. He has served as President of the Southern California Chapter of the National Academy … [Read more...] about Entertainment Mogul Sumner Redstone Settles Lawsuits Involving Allegations of Elder Abuse
As we age, the natural aging process typically causes physical and/or mental deterioration that can make it more difficult to remain independent. At some point, it may become unsafe to remain alone in your home without assistance. The type and level of assistance a senior may need, however, can vary greatly. Some seniors only need help around the house a few times a week while others require around the clock medical care and monitoring. For seniors who need more extensive care, the options are … [Read more...] about Will Medicare and Medi-Cal Pay for Assisted Living and Nursing Home Care?
As your parents age, a role reversal may occur that causes you to become your parents' protector. In that role, you may find yourself worried about the possibility that your parent could become a victim of elder abuse. Sadly, elder abuse takes many forms and occurs far more often than most people realize. In an effort to help you keep your parents safe, the Riverside elder law attorneys at Dennis M. Sandoval, A Professional Law Corporation describe some of the common signs that may indicate a … [Read more...] about Top Signs Your Parent May Be the Victim of Elder Financial Abuse
Creating a comprehensive and cohesive estate plan is one of the most valuable gifts you can give to both yourself and to your loved ones. An estate plan that functions as intended will protect your assets and help them grow over the course of your lifetime as well as ensure that your loved ones are provided for in the event of your death or incapacity. If you have an estate plan in place already, you are ahead of the majority of Americans; however, you are not done yet. In fact, reviewing and … [Read more...] about When Should I Update My Estate Plan?
If you have a parent who is in a nursing home, or is otherwise dependent on caregivers, you probably worry about his/her physical and mental wellbeing. If you are not the one providing all of your parent’s care, it is completely understandable that you would be concerned about the care that is being provided by someone else, particularly when we hear stories about elder abuse on a regular basis in the news. What should you do if you start to suspect that your parent is the victim of elder abuse? … [Read more...] about Steps to Take If You Suspect Elder Abuse
Attorneys for Stan Lee, of Marvel Comics legend, were back in court recently to request a renewal of a protective order against a previous business manager. Lee’s legal battle to retain control over his fortune and decision-making capabilities illustrate all too well how seniors can become victims of elder abuse. Fortunately, Lee was granted a renewal of the protective order; however, many seniors are not as fortunate. Who Represents Lee? Before the issue of the restraining order could be … [Read more...] about Stan Lee Wins Extended Protective Order
The population of older Americans (defined as age 65 and older) has increased at an historic rate in recent years. In fact, experts predict that older Americans will outnumber their younger counterparts (age 21 and younger) for the first time in history by the year 2050. With the explosion of seniors has come a corresponding increase of products and services aimed at appealing to them. Even the legal field has taken note of the unique needs of the elderly with the advent of a relatively new … [Read more...] about What Is Elder Law?
Incapacity Planning An article in USA Today focuses on a news release by the Kaiser Foundation about former First Lady Barbara Bush's decision to seek comfort care prior to her death on April 17, 2018. The article applauds Mrs. Bush's courage in bringing attention to the matter of the level of care sought by those who are terminally ill. Barbara Bush, age 92, had been battling congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for years prior her death. Ellen Goodman, … [Read more...] about Former First Lady’s End of Life Decision Brings Attention to Comfort Care
During the period that immediately followed World War II, huge numbers of babies were born. This phenomenon has been dubbed the “baby boom,” and people that were born between 1946 to 1964 are often called baby boomers. If you do the math, you can see that these individuals are now either senior citizens, or they are approaching their mid-60s. This has created an unprecedented aging of the population. Under currently existing laws, if you pay into the program sufficiently while you are … [Read more...] about Baby Boomers Will Keep Elder Law Attorneys Busy