Planning for Life

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

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, health-care decision making, Estate Planning

Mother's Favoritism Held Not to Reflect Incompetence

Posted by Rachel Sandler on November 22, 2013

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Topics: incapacity, Estate Planning

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: incapacity, Estate Planning, second marriage, probate

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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