Can a Guardianship be Reversed?

“I think that my mom was wrongly appointed a guardian. She has trouble talking and being understood, but she is not crazy or demented. What can I do?” Although rare, there are times when a person has inappropriately been deemed incompetent. Fortunately, the probate courts…

Medicare Open Enrollment

It is hard to believe that it’s time for Medicare Open Enrollment again.  It will be Thanksgiving before we know it!  Every year, Medicare offers its beneficiaries a chance to make changes to their insurance.  Beneficiaries can sign up for a different Medicare Drug Plan…

Hurley Elder Care Law is on TV!

We are delighted to make you aware of some upcoming opportunities to see Miles Hurley on television.  Miles will be featured on Life Plus:  Informed and Inspired Senior Living  broadcast on AIB TV.  New episodes debut every Thursday at 5:30.  Over the next three Thursdays,…

Emergency Mental Health Services and the Elderly

Last month’s awful shooting in Colorado prompted Kristina Fiore to write this article addressing involuntary commitment on MedPage Today: http://www.medpagetoday.com/Psychiatry/GeneralPsychiatry/34022  This article discusses the difficulty in forcing someone against their will to receive psychiatric services.  Suspecting doctors, therapists and family members must have a tremendous amount of…

SCOTUS and the ACA

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that President Obama signed into law in 2010 has faced many challenges. Twenty-six states, including Georgia, filed suit challenging the ACA.  They claimed the following (as summarized at http://www.healthcarelawsuit.us/): • The federal Anti-Injunction Act does not prohibit the states…

Elder Abuse and the Internet

Have you heard about the grandma being harassed in Greece, NY? http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/06/karen-klein-kids-abuse-bus-monitor-internet-fights-back.html  This happened on Monday and was being reported in the New York magazine by Wednesday after going viral on YouTube.  The response by strangers, the school, the Greece community, and the police has been…

Will Adult Children Have to Pay for Their Parents' Care?

Several sources have begun talking about the legal responsibility of adult children to pay for their parents’ care (http://www.forbes.com/sites/howardgleckman/2012/05/16/will-adult-children-have-to-pay-moms-nursing-home-costs/; ; http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/20/unenforced-filial-responsibility-laws/).  There are apparently 30 states that have Filial Responsibility Statutes.  I was shocked to learn that Georgia is one of those states.  Here is…