Elderlaw News June 2012
- Son Liable for Mom’s $93,000 Nursing Home Bill Under ‘Filial Responsibility’ Law
- Medicare Recipients Can Now See Results of Home Health Agency Patient Surveys
- Man Who Dressed as His Elderly Mother to Regain Her Home Gets 13 Years
- What Can Jim Morrison’s Simple Will Teach Us About Estate Planning?
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Some 30 states currently have laws making adult children responsible for their parents if their parents can’t afford to take care of themselves. These “filial responsibility” laws have rarely been enforced, but six years ago when federal rules made it more difficult to qualify for Medicaid long-term care coverage, some elder law attorneys predicted that nursing homes would start using the laws as a way to get care paid for.
Given the choice, most seniors who need help with care would prefer to remain at home rather than move to a nursing home. One choice is to hire help through a home health agency, but how to evaluate the agency?
A 51-year-old Brooklyn, New York, man has been sentenced to at least 13 2/3 years in prison for impersonating his deceased mother and collecting her Social Security payments in an attempt to win back the home she had given him.
It’s a bit of ancient history, but the will of 1960’s rock ‘n’ roll star Jim Morrison highlights a misunderstanding in estate planning that is still common today: What happens to the balance of a bequest when the beneficiary dies?