Elderlaw News July 2012

July 2012

Welcome to our E-Newsletter

Welcome to our E-NewsletterElderLaw News is a monthly e-newsletter that brings you reports of legal developments and other trends of vital interest to seniors and their advocates. This newsletter is brought to you by Julian Gray Associates.

$500,000 Found in House Walls Belongs to Estate, Not Homeowners

You buy a dilapidated house and in the course of renovations you find a huge amount of money hidden in the walls. The cash is yours, right? Not according to an Arizona appeals court..


How to Prepare When Elderly Parents Move In With Adult Children

As nursing home costs continue to rise, children and their parents are finding that living together is a better arrangement, both financially and emotionally. But having a parent move in is a big adjustment for everyone, and it is important to be prepared. Preparations can range from making physical adjustments to the house to figuring out finances.


Book Review: Elder Care: The Road to Growing Old Is Not PavedElder Care | The Road to growing old is not paved

Not only is the road to growing old not paved, but there is often no road at all and travelers need help finding their way. This is a clearly written and concise guidebook to the confusing patchwork of programs, services and facilities that confront the aged in our society


Federal Court Rules That Gay Widow Is Entitled to Estate Tax Refund

Finding that the Defense of Marriage Act's (DOMA's) denial of equal benefits to same-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fifth Amendment, a federal court judge has awarded the surviving spouse of a lesbian couple reimbursement for the tax bill she paid on her wife's estate.


Is Assisted Suicide Legal?

Assisted suicide is a controversial topic, but what exactly does the law say? Although there is much debate about the morality of helping a terminally ill person end their life, the fact remains that it is illegal in most states.