Everyday Law for Seniors

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Seniors are a wide ranging and exponentially growing special status group that the law treats differentially with respect to rights, responsibilities, and benefits. This book is written to inform and assist seniors and those who care for them. The topics covered range from retirement strategies, housing options, and long-term care to federal benefit programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and ultimately, to end of life decisions.

Whether you are someone looking out for your parents; a new retiree concerned about your legal rights; or one of the growing number of "old old" eighty-five years or older who needs answers to confusing legal issues, this book provides essential information in clear language about timely topics such as reverse mortgages, long-term care insurance, powers of attorney, guardianship, and the hidden problem of elder abuse. Each chapter includes "Did You Know?" opening outlines as well as web-based resources for additional information.

The authors are nationally known elder law experts and are frequently asked to consult with national commissions, legislatures, bar associations, and individuals from every walk of life. In Everyday Law for Seniors, they provide advice appropriate for everyone, senior or not (yet).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594517020
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Series: Everyday Law
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 972,984
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Frolik is Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and an adjunct professor of law in the University of Miami School of Law LL.M program in estate planning. One of the original academic creators of elder law, he is a nationally recognized expert on the legal aspects of aging. A prolific author, he has authored a dozen books in addition to his classic work, Advising the Elderly or Disabled Client. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and an honors graduate from Harvard Law School.

Linda Whitton is Professor of Law and the Michael and Dianne Swygert Research Fellow at Valparaiso University School of Law. She frequently speaks and publishes on a variety of law and aging topics for audiences that include lawyers, professionals who provide senior services, legislators, and the general public. She drafted the new Uniform Power of Attorney Act and often serves an advisory role in state and national law reform and public policy projects. Prior to her legal career, Whitton was a professional writer and editor and served as Communications Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. She graduated first in her class from Valparaiso University School of Law.

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Table of Contents

1 Law and Seniors 1

2 Age Discrimination in Employment 13

3 Social Security and Supplemental Security Income 25

4 Employer-Provided Retirement Benefits and IRAs 43

5 Medicare 63

6 Medicaid and Long-Term Care Insurance 81

7 Housing 101

8 Mental Incapacity, Guardianship, and Conservatorship 137

9 Substitute Decisionmaking for Health Care and Property 155

10 Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation 169

Index 179

About the Authors 189

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