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Happy National Estate Planning Awareness Week!

Who knew?! I honestly had no idea that there was such a thing as National Estate Planning Awareness Week, but, in fact there is, and it’s the third week in October, established by House Resolution 1499 in 2008. When I worked in the US Senate, I was particularly thrilled by National Ice…
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Too Old to Drive?

This week, an elderly driver lost control of his car and crashed into a cafe on University Avenue in Palo Alto, injuring six, including himself. News reports say that the driver was trying to park, and accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal. As we, or our parents, age,…
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Summer Time Is Here: Estate Planning on the Run

Inevitably, in the summer months, I get phone calls from people who are about to take a trip somewhere, often within just a few days. Sometimes they have a Will or a trust that’s out of date; sometimes they have no estate planning documents at all; sometimes they have just…
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Advance Health Care Directives and End of Life Choices

The tragic case of the Oakland twelve-year old girl, declared brain dead after a routine surgery by the hospital, and her parent’s plea to keep her connected to a ventilator nonetheless, reminds me yet again of the value and importance of completing an Advance Health Care…
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How to Report Elder Abuse

It is a sad fact that elderly adults can fall victim to abuse, often at the hands of a family member or trusted friend or employee. The California State Bar estimates that one in seven seniors suffer some form of physical, financial, or psychological abuse. Some common forms of…
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Mother’s Day Thought: Create Durable Powers of Attorney for Your College Kids

It’s mother’s day and I’m thinking about the fact that my daughter goes to college soon. She also turns eighteen years old in November, and, in addition to the new camera she thinks that she wants for a present, I’m going to surprise her with something else–a…
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Durable Powers of Attorney-Who Needs One?

As an attorney, I’m used to people asking me questions with complicated answers. Life isn’t always neat and tidy, and the law isn’t always (ever?) cut and dried. But this is an easy topic to write about, because the answer to the question, “Who needs a Durable Power…
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Older Parents and Driving

If you are concerned about your aging parent’s ability to drive safely, you are not alone. It’s heartbreakingly common to watch a parent struggle with driving as they get older, not wanting to give up their independence or face their increasingly compromised abilities and…

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