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10 Ways an Elder Law Attorney Can Help You

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher, Esq. | May 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

The older you get, the more likely you are to be affected by legal issues involving aging. An elder law attorney can help you address some of them. An elder law attorney offers guidance on matters that concern the elderly, their families and caregivers, and adults with special needs, including long-term care and estate planning.

Common Estate Planning Errors to Avoid

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher, Esq. | Apr 08, 2022 | 0 Comments

Even if you have done some estate planning, you might not have covered everything. That may be OK, because you can still change course. If you have an estate plan, any mistakes you've made are a sign you should update it. Here are some of the most common errors people make in estate planning.

Writing a Letter of Intent for Special Needs Estate Planning

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher, Esq. | Mar 05, 2022 | 0 Comments

The parent or guardian of a child or other dependent with special needs can create a letter of intent to detail care and other arrangements after the parent or guardian dies. An informal, non-legally binding document that complements an estate plan, a letter of intent may be addressed to a personal representative, trustee, successor guardian, or others the writer wants to care for their loved one.

The Importance of Keeping Your Estate Plan Current

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher, Esq. | Jan 07, 2022 | 0 Comments

As our lives change, our estate plans should also adapt. Like a home, a car, or even your health, an estate plan needs regular checkups to see if it requires any updates. Ideally, you should review your estate plan every three years or whenever a major milestone occurs. While you're still capable, around the start or end of every year is a good time to consider if it needs to reflect changes in the law, your life, or your legacy. 

The Gift of Estate Planning

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher, Esq. | Nov 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

The gift of an estate plan lasts a lifetime and beyond. In case of an unexpected event, like an accident, an illness, or death, your loved ones can feel comfortable knowing that your final wishes are in place. During a crisis, an estate plan removes the guesswork surrounding your end-of-life care, what will happen if you become incapacitated, who gets your assets, and how to honor your memory. It gives those closest to you guidance so they don't need to make important decisions while they grieve. 

The State and Future of Long-Term Care in Maine

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher, Esq. | Nov 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

The recent closing of long-term care facilities in the Pine Tree State has highlighted concerns about what's happening to the industry. If you or a loved one need care now or later, you may wonder what to do and where to go. Knowing what's in-store for long-term care in Maine and nationwide can help you explore your options.

Special Needs Trusts: Pros and Cons of Setting One Up Now vs. Including One in Your Will

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher, Esq. | Oct 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

What will happen to a mentally or physically disabled loved one when you're gone? Who will support them? Depending on their situation, the options for securing their future include setting up a supplemental care or special needs trust (SNT) or an ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) account. In some cases, you can do both. Parents, grandparents, or anyone else with the legal authority to support someone with a disability may create them.

What to Consider When You Hire In-Home Care

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher, Esq. | Sep 08, 2021 | 0 Comments

The need for in-home care can arise when someone is ill or can't take care of themself and support from friends and family is limited. Before you or a loved one decide on in-home care, some things to think about include your budget, the services you want, and whether the need is temporary or long-term.

How to Probate an Estate in Maine

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher, Esq. | Aug 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

What you should know about the probate process: “Probate” is the process under which the assets of a deceased person are distributed.  Maine has a streamlined probate system. In most cases, no judge is involved, unless there are complicating factors.

Are Your Young Adult Children Protected In Case of an Emergency?

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher, Esq. | Aug 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Can you make decisions for your young adult child if they have an accident or become seriously ill? When a child has reached the legal age of adulthood (in Maine, that's 18 and older), parents have fewer rights over them than they do over minors. An advance directive and a durable power of attorney authorize you to act on behalf of your child. If you haven't made any incapacity plans yet, you can both secure your futures together, and you'll feel better that you're protecting your rights and your child's needs. 

FAQs About Estate Planning

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher, Esq. | May 09, 2021 | 0 Comments

Like a puzzle, every part of estate planning connects to each other, but if you don't know how they fit, you won't see the bigger picture. To explain how the pieces link together, here are the answers to some common questions about estate planning.

Memory Care Options for Dementia Patients

Posted by Daniel J. Eccher, Esq. | Mar 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

Memory care options for dementia patients include supervision, personal and medical support, recreation, and cognitive therapy to keep people with these conditions active. This article covers the types of residential care facilities available and the factors to consider in deciding which one is best for you or a loved one.

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