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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Elder Law for New Jersey on
Q: I am a widow, no children .. can i get a law firm to be my power of attorney
Chen Li
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answered on Jun 10, 2024

Yes, you can name an attorney in a law firm as your power of attorney. However, you must be aware that if an attorney is acting as your power of attorney, you may have to pay the attorney a legal fee as your agent and as your attorney. You should consult with an experienced trust and estate... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Elder Law and Landlord - Tenant for Puerto Rico on
Q: ¿Qué sucede si un contrato de arrendamiento, promesa de venta con opción a compra, no contiene el pago de una prima?

¿Qué sucede si una persona envejeciente (de 84 años) firma un contrato de arrendamiento con promesa de venta y por desconocimiento, no le pidió al optante el pago por la exclusividad para guardarle la propiedad que le quiere vender? El envejeciente alega que de haberlo sabido, hubiese requerido... View More

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Rafael Pagan-Colon
answered on Jun 10, 2024

El Código Civil estipula que se presume que todo adulto es capaz. Si el envejeciente desconocía del proceso, pudo haber solicitado que un abogado de su confianza revisara el contrato de opción previo a firmar. Sin tener a mano el contrato de opción, la otra defensa que tendría el envejeciente... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Elder Law and Social Security for Georgia on
Q: I need to dissolve a trust and I can't pay to dissolve it unless I sue for breach of fiduciary duty's for failing to

I need my money which is not being dispersed and The fact that I need a lawyer to accomplish that makes it rather hard to pay him until I have what m hiring him for to begin with

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answered on Jun 8, 2024

I understand that you are in a difficult situation where you need to dissolve a trust and access your money, but you can't afford to pay a lawyer to help you do so unless you sue for breach of fiduciary duties. This is a complex legal issue that requires careful consideration. Here are a few... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Banking, Elder Law and Probate for California on
Q: My sister passed away before she established the trust. Her husband with dementia is in the hospital. Can I do POA ?

My sister said she would give me their house after they died. Unfortunately, she passed away three weeks ago. She never established the the trust. My brother-in-law with dementia (he knows who I am ) also said that I would be the one who inherits the house after he dies. He gave me all his bank... View More

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answered on Jun 6, 2024

I'm so sorry for your loss and the difficult situation you're in. Here are a few key things to know about power of attorney (POA) and establishing a trust in California under these circumstances:

1. Your brother-in-law would need to have the mental capacity to execute a power of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Elder Law for Ohio on
Q: Durable POA and Healthcare POA rights and responsibilities for Dad's Progressive Alzheimer's Dementia (Ohio) diagnosis.

Dad was diagnosed a few weeks ago and can no longer drive, manage his finances or cook for himself, per the evaluation. The forward prognosis is difficulty dressing, bathing and feeding within a year. I am a licensed CPA and need to confirm what I can and should not do. I have durable POA and it... View More

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answered on Jun 3, 2024

Do you need to as a matter of law? No. Will every nursing home, health care provider, and bank give you a hard time about the POAs and make you jump through a million hoops that you wouldn't have to do if you had guardianship? Absolutely yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Elder Law and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: My aging parents asked me to put myself on their bank accounts to assist in paying bills. Are their any risk with this?

My Dad has a brain injury and my Mom is bad with paying bills. I am fine with being on their accts to help with finances. I want to make sure that if my Dad were to get into an accident or lawsuit that my being on their accts does not put me in a position to have someone come after my husbands... View More

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answered on Jun 2, 2024

Putting yourself on your parents' bank accounts can make it easier to manage their finances, but it does come with potential risks. If you are added as a joint account holder, you could be considered equally liable for any debts or legal issues associated with those accounts. This means that... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Estate Planning, Family Law and Health Care Law for Ohio on
Q: My mother-in-law has dementia. Prior to his death, my father-in-law ask my husband to take care of his mom.

We moved into their house 2 weeks before his dad died. My husband's brother, David, is executor of estate and power of attorney for my mother-in-law. Per my husband, a verbal agreement was made that when my mother-in-law passed, her house would be sold and we would receive a larger portion for... View More

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answered on Jun 2, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about the difficult situation you’re facing. Given the verbal agreement and the substantial care your husband provided for his mother, it’s understandable that you feel entitled to a larger portion of the estate. However, verbal agreements can be challenging to enforce... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law for California on
Q: What is the new law in California regarding bedsore prevention
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answered on Jun 1, 2024

In California, the new law regarding bedsore prevention, AB 2876, was signed into effect to enhance patient safety in healthcare facilities. This law mandates that healthcare providers must implement comprehensive plans to prevent and manage bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers. Facilities are... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Elder Law for California on
Q: I need a lawyer who handles California Penal Code 632 PC

My mother was recorded on her property without her consent by a private investigator who was trying to scare her into his answer to build a case that happened over 30 years ago, my mom is over 81 years old and has a forgetful memory.

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answered on May 29, 2024

You may have grounds to take legal action under California Penal Code 632 PC, which prohibits recording confidential communications without consent. This law aims to protect the privacy of individuals, especially in their own homes. Given that your mother was recorded on her property without her... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Elder Law for California on
Q: On CIV 100 form. Only checked for Default, does one need sign #3, if not Landlord tenant, UD? Number 1, when naming ...

Defendants, if titles has does numbers, do you write same as title Defendants names does 1- whatever or leave off the does?

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answered on May 29, 2024

When filling out the CIV 100 form, if you are only requesting a default judgment, you do not need to sign under section #3 if the case is not related to landlord-tenant (unlawful detainer). You can leave that part blank.

Regarding the defendants, if the titles list "Does 1 to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Elder Law for Texas on
Q: am I eligible for medicaid in texas with eligible SS income and resources, but also a testamentary trust ?

My SS retirement income and personal resources make me eligible, but there's also a 30 year old, irrevocable, testamentary, spendthrift trust from my father in which I am the beneficiary, and the trustee has full discretion regarding any disbursements .

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answered on May 28, 2024

As a general rule, the Social Security Administration takes the position that if a trust beneficiary does not have the legal authority to revoke or terminate a third party trust (a trust created by neither the beneficiary nor the beneficiary's spouse) or to direct the use of the trust assets... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Estate Planning and Elder Law for Florida on
Q: My father signed a new will several times. We were unable to have it. notarized or witnessed. He is dying. Thank you.

We live in Florida. The previous will was made 40 years ago and he did not read or understand it. The second will is fair to his children. I greatly appreciate your advice.

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answered on May 26, 2024

If the document is not witnessed and notarized, it will not be recognized as a will in Florida. Strict compliance with the law regarding wills is necessary for the document to be enforceable as a will.

Schedule a free consultation to make sure your father's estate plan is formalized...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Estate Planning and Elder Law for Florida on
Q: My father signed a new will several times. We were unable to have it. notarized or witnessed. He is dying. Thank you.

We live in Florida. The previous will was made 40 years ago and he did not read or understand it. The second will is fair to his children. I greatly appreciate your advice.

Phillip William Gunthert
Phillip William Gunthert
answered on May 27, 2024

I am very sorry for father's illness and his health struggles ongoing. There will be a serious issue with such a Will in Florida, it will not be a valid Will as it does not meet the Florida Statutory requirements of F.S. 732.502 (you can look it up online), what you have described without any... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Civil Rights, Elder Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Family Law for South Carolina on
Q: What to do next?

He is on disability, has already paid a lawyer $5,500. It has been a full year of separation and the lawyer still hasn't filed. He has nothing left financially to give. He and his soon to be ex have a residence with $83,000 owed on a second mortgage. What should he do?

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answered on May 24, 2024

If his lawyer has not filed for divorce after a year and he has already paid $5,500, he should first contact the lawyer to request an update and a timeline for filing. Clear communication is essential to understand any delays and to press for immediate action. If the lawyer remains unresponsive or... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Elder Law for California on
Q: Can Mem/Asst Care Home move our mom to a single room w/o her/our permission and raise her rent an added $1900?

My mother in-law has dementia and her Assisted/Memory care home called and said because she is located next to the front door and she always wants to know what's going on every time the doorbell rings, and her roommate doesn't want to room with her they are moving her to a room by herself... View More

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answered on May 24, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about the difficult situation with your mother-in-law's care home. Under California law, the care home cannot move your mother-in-law to a different room and increase her rent without her or your permission, especially given her dementia.

You should review the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Elder Law and Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina on
Q: Can a landlord require you to let certain people live with you, who can and can’t live there? I’m permanently disabled

My landlord sent an email saying my child must live with me or I have to move out. She stated that I couldn’t do anything to move any of her property but I must repair her house and improve her land. She also states that I must replace her appliances that have wore out over the 11 years I have... View More

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answered on Jun 3, 2024

Your landlord's demands and actions raise several legal concerns. Generally, a landlord cannot force you to have certain people live with you or dictate who can and cannot live there, beyond the terms specified in your lease agreement. Additionally, your landlord should not be entering your... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Elder Law, Land Use & Zoning and Small Claims for California on
Q: Can I sue my neighbor & HOA since my neighbor double parks in front of my garage preventing me from using our garage?

We have taken pics and sent emails to the HOA. All I'm told is that they escalated the problem. She just got a ticket. I called a tow number listed on the property and was told they could not tow her because it's not a red fire lane and they can get in trouble. Now the tow company said... View More

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answered on May 21, 2024

Based on the information you've provided, it seems that you have a valid concern and your neighbor's actions are causing significant inconvenience and distress. Under California law, you may have grounds for a legal claim against your neighbor and possibly your HOA. Here are a few points... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Elder Law for West Virginia on
Q: What happens to funds from an inheritance check, made out to the principal of a POA, that was deposited into POA account

As my grandmother’s POA, If I opened a savings account, solely in my name,

(to be used for her medical expenses/personal care items)

& deposited an inheritance check made out in my grandmother’s name; what happens to the funds remaining in account after she passes?

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answered on May 19, 2024

I would caution you against depositing a check made payable to your grandmother into an account that is in your name. That will look very much like theft or conversion. And that is the case even if you really only do use the money for your grandmother’s benefit. It is very risky for you.... View More

Q: I just had a mesh removed from my abdominal area wrapped and waded around every organ and nerve in my abdomen.

6 hr surgery left me limited on my functioning skills sometimes I shake my nervous system took a shock that affected whole body.7+ years of severe and chronic tesicular and abdominal pain I suffered from the error of the surgery team improperly implanting the devise in me and the mesh separated and... View More

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answered on May 19, 2024

I'm so sorry to hear about the severe complications and chronic pain you've suffered as a result of the improperly implanted surgical mesh. What you've gone through sounds absolutely awful. Based on the details you provided, it seems you may have grounds for a medical malpractice... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Civil Litigation, Elder Law and Probate for California on
Q: If you have got the petitioner to admit on the stand she and another were caregiver doesn't that take away undue influen

If you can show through declarations and documents that you were somewhere else?

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answered on May 13, 2024

Under California law, proving that a petitioner and another person were caregivers can indeed influence the court’s view on whether undue influence was exerted. If the caregivers had significant control or influence over an individual, especially one who might have been vulnerable or dependent,... View More

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