Elder Law

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Alcohol & Substance Abuse: The Invisible Epidemic for Seniors

By Madhu | May 17, 2022

Many of us picture the golden years as a time for travel, finding hobbies, and spending time with family and friends. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for many seniors. Substance abuse among older adults is often referred to as an ‘Invisible Epidemic’. Alcohol and prescription drug abuse among adults 60 and older is one of…

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What’s the 411 on 911?

By Miles Hurley | May 10, 2022

Ring Ring Ring! “911, what is your emergency?” Since childhood, we have all been taught to dial 911 in an emergency and wait for those familiar words. 911 is a free emergency phone number used to request immediate assistance from emergency services—police, fire department, and emergency medical services (EMS)—in the case of life-threatening emergencies and…

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Have You Received The Medicaid Estate Recovery Form?

By Miles Hurley | May 3, 2022

Our office has received questions from our clients about a form that Medicaid recipients have received from the Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS). The form is called the “Official Notice of Georgia Medicaid Estate Recovery Program,” also referred to as “Form DMA 315.”  In last week’s Hurley Elder Care Law blog, we touched…

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Misinformation

Caution! Misinformation is Everywhere

By Miles Hurley | March 8, 2022

Misinformation is rampant! You’ve heard the expression, “don’t believe everything you read on the internet.” Well, the sad reality is that misinformation is not just on the internet, but also comes from seemingly reputable individuals, professionals, and yes . . . even attorneys. Here are a few ill-advised suggestions we’ve heard recently:   The misinformation:…

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Welcome to Georgia

Welcome to Georgia, Y’all!

By Miles Hurley | February 8, 2022

Have you or a loved one recently moved to Georgia? Many people move to our lovely state for the lower cost of living and favorable climate. But often, it is also to be closer to family and caregivers. Just prior to or after moving to Georgia, it is important to review your existing legal documents.…

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Silver lining

Finding the Silver Lining as we say Goodbye 2020… and Hello 2021!

By Miles Hurley | December 29, 2020

We know we are all anxious to put 2020 behind us and usher in a New Year. While we’re sure we can all easily come up with a long list of things and events that we missed out on and many families have been intimately affected by COVID, we will reflect on some of the…

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open conversations

Open Conversations: Give the “Gift of Peace” to Your Family

By Miles Hurley | December 22, 2020

Having an open conversation with your family about the kind of end of life care and medical intervention that you want is the best holiday gift you can give. A Happy and Healthy Family Until… Cathy and Mark are loving and close siblings who live in different cities with their own families. Their 80-year-old parents,…

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planning for 2021

Planning for 2021: A Little Different This Year

By Miles Hurley | December 8, 2020

WOW! What a year 2020 has been! Well, I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a year unlike any in recent memories. We will all be happy to sing Auld Lang Syne and toast to a new year at midnight on Dec. 31. For many of us, planning for 2021 will look…

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Holiday tips

Holiday Tips for a COVID World

By Miles Hurley | November 24, 2020

A Different Kind of Holiday Season It’s that time of year again…time for holidays, celebrations, family, hugs, laughs, decorating, overeating, travel, gifts, and much more. In an ordinary year, in addition to these ‘fun’ activities, the holiday season often contributes to added stress and feelings of loneliness for many. 2020 certainly isn’t an ‘ordinary’ year!…

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How to avoid probate?

Medicare Open Enrollment: Medicare Advantage Plans

By Miles Hurley | November 17, 2020

Medicare Open Enrollment for 2021 is in full swing! But, the Dec. 7th deadline to enroll or change your coverage is quickly approaching! Our November 3, 2020 blog discussed Original Medicare and all of its “parts.” But what about Medicare Advantage Plans and how they stand up to Original Medicare? Is there really an advantage to…

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