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.

 

Medical technology, medications and improved nutrition along with other factors, have raised the life expectancy of Americans. People are living longer, and will live even longer as we move into the future.

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Massachusetts law allows a competent person (the "principal") to designate a surrogate medical decision-maker (the "proxy") in the event he or she later becomes incapable of making health care decisions.

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Anyone who keeps abreast of the news can see that our federal government spends far more money than it earns in taxes and other sources. Many states have similar problems, including the inability to continue to pay for government employee pensions and health care benefits, for example, in Wisconsin.

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If you only have time to read just one of my columns in your life and you want the impossible, (which is to learn everything in elder law in one brief sitting) here are some succinct gems:

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Americans are living longer as a result of better health care, medicine, technology and nutrition. Meanwhile society is becoming increasingly global. In the past, children often stayed on the farm or nearby as their parents aged.

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Many clients ask me, "Why can't I transfer my real estate (house) to my children? Ijust read in the paper that my neighbor did it for a dollar." The short answer is "yes, you can transfer to your children for a dollar." However, such a step should not be taken lightly, given that the house is often the elder's most significant asset.

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