Life Becomes More Complicated, a column authored by Attorney Mikael Hooker, is a wealth of information. He covers everything from living wills to nursing home costs. We are happy to provide copies of his articles here.

 

There is a complex framework and formula for how much a surviving spouse inherits where the decedent left no Will. In order to avoid such complexity and potentially unfair disposition, it is critical that a second marriage elder engage in estate planning.

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If you’ve read my past columns, you know difficult it can be to get government funding to provide care in your home. Masshealth (also known as Medicaid) has a program called Personal Care Attendant (PCA). It can provide needed care into the home. But it is needs-based.

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When the time comes, all of us would like to die peacefully in our sleep or perhaps lying next to the ocean shore on a warm summer day. It doesn't always happen that way. In fact, many elders live long past the point where they can lead meaningful, productive and quality lives. None of us wants to live to become so frail that we can no longer manage independently. As you know, however, the reality is that this often happens.

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