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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Elder Law for Ohio on
Q: Home Equity Line of Credit -- Will I be responsible?

Years ago the bank made me a co-owner (joint checking account) of my mother's checking account. I wanted to just be POA to help pay her bills, but they made me a joint owner instead. She has a $55,000 line of credit on her home that she will never pay off. She is under hospice care and pretty... Read more »

Moshe Toron Esq
Moshe Toron Esq answered on Apr 6, 2022

They will foreclose on the house to get paid.

They can't go after you personally.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law for Ohio on
Q: Elder law Michigan/How to Protect Life insurance claim from nursing home if beneficiary is also a resident on Medicaid?

I am guardian of my aunt in Michigan, she is in nursing home in Michigan, and will need forever long-term skilled care, she is on Medicaid/Medicare/SS. She is the beneficiary to a life insurance policy, it can be claimed. I am trying to move her to Ohio as we are her last remaining family. A... Read more »

Moshe Toron Esq
Moshe Toron Esq answered on Apr 5, 2022

Im general, during the pandemic, Medicaid is not cutting people off Medicaid, if they are already on Medicaid.

You should speak to a Michigan elder law attorney to confirm this for Michigan.

If that is the case, then you would be able to claim the finds now and then apply for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law and Nursing Home Abuse for Ohio on
Q: The nursing home did not give my mother medication for 2 weeks resulting in surgery, can I sue the home?

The nursing home did not give my mother her medication for 2 weeks, her medication is not given regularly or consistently. This has resulted in my mother being impacted in her bowels, multiply hospital stays and now she has to have surgery to have a colostomy bag.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Apr 4, 2022

If the nursing home was responsible for administering the medication and it’s failure to do so was the cause of her problem, yes you could sue them. You should discuss the matter with an attorney who handles medical malpractice and/or elder law.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Elder Law and Health Care Law for Virginia on
Q: See below.

My partner and I have moved back to the Charlottesville area to provider assist with his grandmothers care. It is the hope of my partner and his family that his grandmother can qualify for Medicaid, once she has Medicaid, she can be moved into an assisted living facility paid for by Medicaid. The... Read more »

Ross Cameron Hart
Ross Cameron Hart answered on Apr 4, 2022

You are asking a very complex question on a short answer forum and mis-understand some of Medicaid rules. Aunt may or may not be wrong - there are several ways this can be handled.

You need an Elder Law Attorney to advise you, and Charlottesville has several very good ones who are...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Elder Law for Kentucky on
Q: What happens to a disabled adult after the caregiver & guardian dies and there is no inheritance to provide financially?

I am mom, caregiver and guardian to my adult son whom has significant disabilities. He is unable to care for himself due to cognitive and psychiatric disorders. I am the only person willing to care for him and I cannot continue this role much longer. I do not own any property or assets to provide... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Apr 3, 2022

I am not in Kentucky, but here is a link to resources that should be able to help you:

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Elder Law and Probate for Arkansas on
Q: Does a financial POA cease after death? If Will created 12 yrs prior to POA anything in POA supercede it

Will was created with a trust to be established and a bank named as trustee due to possible mental capabilities of only child. However full financial POA was given to only child 12 years after said will was created but never introduced to the courts. POA was registered with circuit court clerk... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Apr 1, 2022

It is not possible to give you definitive answers without reviewing the actual instruments to which you refer. Sometimes people mischaracterize documents because they do not understand what they actually are.

As a general rule, however, POAs expire at the death of the principal, and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Nursing Home Abuse and Personal Injury for Michigan on


Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Mar 29, 2022

You have two potential issues: 1) medical malpractice, and 2) nursing home abuse / neglect. The latter is one you can more readily start by contacting the facility, omsbudman, or the state's complaint website. The former would require gathering medical documentation and finding a medical... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law, Elder Law and Nursing Home Abuse for Nebraska on
Q: What type of attorney do I need? I've been wrongfully accused of elder abuse as of 3/8/22 and I requested an appeal.

There are multiple mitigating circumstances that weren't considered and I have multiple character witnesses and evidence of how I treat my patients. I was in a room with another co-worker when the alleged abuse took place. We were dressing a confused and agitated resident for dinner and she... Read more »

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Mar 28, 2022

If this is due to a criminal charge, you should retain a criminal defense attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Can a joint owner of a bank account be the financial Power of Attorney of the other joint owner?

I'm a joint owner listed on my dad's bank account. He is elderly and needs a financial power of attorney. Can I be his financial power of attorney while listed as a joint owner on the bank account?

R.J. Connelly III
R.J. Connelly III answered on Mar 26, 2022

Yes as to his interest in the account but should not have to as both co-owners should have equal access to 100% of the value

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Elder Law for Florida on
Q: If I have POA for my father and his estranged wife comes back after 10 years and gets one who's is active?

They do not live together and have not been together over 10 years. Dad now has dementia and dad's family allowed her to come back and take over. She is receiving all of dad's money but has abandoned him. He's being evicted from his apartment because she has not been paying the... Read more »

Amy B Dow
Amy B Dow answered on Mar 23, 2022

First, just because someone has dementia, does not mean they are incapable of signing a new Power of Attorney (e.g. some folks with dementia have moments when they are very lucid/intelligent and others where they are not....if they sign during a "lucid interval" then the POA is valid).... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law for California on
Q: My Mom is 82 w/mild dementia and able to make decisions. Can she change Power of Attorney & choose where to live?

Her oldest daughter has Power of Attorney,

placed her in a facility without asking or talking to her about other living options she has available to her. She doesn't want to live nor need to live in a facility. She also has a Living Trust. She has options to live with relatives or... Read more »

Gerald Barry Dorfman
Gerald Barry Dorfman answered on Mar 21, 2022

So long as she has the "capacity" to make her own decisions, she can make her own choices, including revoking a power of attorney. If a contract was signed with a valid power of attorney in place, that will have to be looked at. You should have your mom see an estate planning attorney,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security and Elder Law for Ohio on
Q: My husband has a large pension/401k retirement fund as well as Social Security(SS). I am the sole beneficiary.

I only have Social Security. We are both 68 and retired. If he goes to a nursing home in the future, does all of his SS as well as pension/401k go to his nursing home bill, while I am left to struggle to make ends meet on just my SS?

Moshe Toron Esq
Moshe Toron Esq answered on Mar 19, 2022

In Ohio, there are Medicaid rules in place to protect the community spouse. This includes rules regarding a fair split of all the income, as well as special rules regarding protecting a 401k.

However, there is a lot of confusion out there regarding the rules.

It is imperative that...
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1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law and Probate for New York on
Q: Need a Notary Public to witness signing my will
Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay answered on Mar 14, 2022

In New York State a notary public is not required for a will but two witnesses are. Since all formalities must be properly completed or a will to be accepted to probate, I strongly suggest that you have a lawyer prepare and supervise the execution of your will instead of DIY.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Elder Law on
Q: I need a PRO BONO LAWYER FOR ELDER LAW IN HARRISBURG AREA>It involves Breach of Fiduciary Duty over 5 years.

I've done all the leg work but need a Pro Bono lawyer before I go to AG. office. They should be versed in Civil Rights

Richard W. Noel
Richard W. Noel answered on Mar 12, 2022

You are going to have a hard time finding a pro bono attorney who can afford to take the time to work your case. Most of us have mouths to feed and can't afford to spend a hundred hours of case work for free. However there may be organizations in your area that can provide no or low-cost legal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law for New York on
Q: My grandmother is in a nursing home and has a house she is the owner & her other granddaughter decided to rent her house

My grandmothers social security and the department of family pays for her nursing home. The granddaughter decided to rent out my grandmothers house without her consent. The people that are staying in the house said they have a contract with my grandmother through the granddaughter. However, my... Read more »

Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Mar 12, 2022

If there is a Power of Attorney, the agent named may be granted power to rent and collect rents. If your grandmother is having her nursing home stay paid for by Medicaid, income generated from rents from her home may be due to Medicaid. UsIng it as a rental property could be a major problem. Do... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Litigation and Elder Law for Texas on
Q: How do you find out if someone has power of attorney
Penny Wymyczak-White
Penny Wymyczak-White answered on Mar 12, 2022

The fastest way is to ask them or the person who you think signed the power of attorney, If they have used the power of attorney they should of had to show it to the person.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Elder Law for Virginia on
Q: Can I be appointed as my brother's guardian? And would I be financially responsible for my brother's care?

My 71 yr old brother was diagnosed with a brain tumor in January of this year. Humana Advantage Medicare denied his continued care at the rehab center as it reported that he was making progress (walking 20 feet with someone holding onto him is not progress). He lived alone & cannot live on... Read more »

Ross Cameron Hart
Ross Cameron Hart answered on Mar 10, 2022

Short answer - yes, you can be appointed assuming your brother in law is not capable of granting a power of attorney. And no, you won't be financially responsible for his debts provided you ALWAYS say you're acting as guardian (or conservator.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law, Elder Law and Probate for Tennessee on
Q: Can a warranty deed have paragraphs that don’t line up and copy lines

Warranty deed looks homemade from mother to husband and refinanced on same day 2 diferant insurment # now he’s tring to sell I’m her daughtery’ need stop all property

Richard W. Noel
Richard W. Noel answered on Mar 8, 2022

if the Deed meets the requirements of your state, it may be found valid. However that's assuming all of the signatures are authentic. If you feel there may be some wrong doing, I suggest speaking with an attorney in your jurisdiction who may be able to help you ensure your mom's rights... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Are there any situations when a home in an irrevocable trust doesn't get a step up in basis when the grantor dies?

CPA is telling me I have to pay capital gains on the sale of my deceased mother's home because the irrevocable trust was set up as a Medicaid protection,

R.J. Connelly III
R.J. Connelly III answered on Mar 5, 2022

yes there are many situations where a home held as corpus of an irrevocable trust will not receive a stepped up basis.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Elder Law for New Jersey on
Q: What is NJ law concerning return of new unused google play gift card purchased from Michaels during scam on 2/19/22?

GooglePlay gift cards worth $500 purchased at Michaels, Deptford, NJ. realized scam on 2/19/22; tried to return on 2/21/22; store mgr said policy is no return. Left message with fraud control at Michaels corp; no response to date. I will be 80 on 4/14/42. am I a "protected citizen?"

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Mar 5, 2022

There really is no cost effective solution. Try to contact the county prosecutor and the N.J. Dept of Consumer Affairs. Good luck.

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