Planning for Life

Strategies for a Full Life with Dementia

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on October 16, 2018

By Harry S. Margolis

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A recent article in The New York Times offered some hope for those diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Entitled "Leading an Active Life with a Diagnosis of Dementia," the article featured a woman, Laurie Scherrer, diagnosed with early onset dementia at age 55 who continues to lead an active life.

Steps Toward an Active Life with Dementia

Here are a few of the steps Ms. Scherrer took:

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Topics: dementia, Alzheimer's disease, incapacity

Demented Patient Liable for Injuries He Causes

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on November 15, 2016

By Harry S. Margolis

In Mary Ellen Gioia v. Richard D. and Ann L. Ratner, the Essex County superior court in Massachusetts refuses to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a registered nurse who claims she was injured by a patient in her care. She brought the suit against the patient, Richard Ratner, and his wife and health care agent, Ann Ratner. Judge Diane M. Kottmyer rules that the suit against Mr. Ratner can move forward but dismisses the claim against his wife.

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Topics: elder law, seniors, dementia, incapacity, caregiving, hospital care, deficit

FAQs About Your Health Care Proxy - Massachusetts

Posted by Rachel Sandler on March 20, 2014

By Rebecca J. Benson

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Topics: incapacity, Estate Planning, health-care decision making

Mother's Favoritism Held Not to Reflect Incompetence

Posted by Rachel Sandler on November 22, 2013

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Topics: Estate Planning, incapacity

Wisconsin Court Permits Challenge to Marriage Based on Incapacity

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on October 8, 2013

By Harry S. Margolis

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Topics: Estate Planning, second marriage, probate, incapacity

Should Your Durable Power of Attorney be "Springing"

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on September 20, 2011

By Harry S. Margolis

We advise all of our clients to execute durable powers of attorneyiStock-92399855.jpg appointing a trusted family member or friend to handle financial and legal matters for them in the event of a disability.  This ensures continuity in paying bills and handling personal business, can help prevent loss of funds and avoids the need to go to court for the appointment of a guardian or conservator.

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Topics: incapacity, Estate Planning

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