Elder Law Guidance Celebrates National Special Needs Law Month in October

Focus on Awareness of Legal Options for People with Disabilities  October 21, 2021, Richmond – Elder Law Guidance, The Elder Law Practice of Scott E. Collins, PLLC, is celebrating National Special Needs Law Month in October, as established by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). The Richmond-based firm is raising awareness about the…

When It Comes To Guardianship, How Do I Not Become Like Britney?

The headlines are rife with Britney Spears’ name yet again, and it seems this young woman’s battle with her conservatorship may see its end. As an elder law attorney who deals with guardianship and conservatorship cases, I’ll let you in on a little secret: you don’t need a multimillion-dollar fortune to end up with Ms.…

What I Wish I’d Known Then That I (Still) Don’t Know Now

Okay, so maybe we don’t know everything we’re supposed to know as grown-ups. We know why the sky is blue (wavelengths and all) and we can rattle off those math facts like nobody’s business even if we can’t explain our kid’s (or grandkid’s) math to them.  But some things, like how to pay for long…

Why An Electronic Will Won’t Replace Your Lawyer

Since COVID, it seems our lives have had to become e-EVERYTHING. This includes legal documents, like electronic wills, or “e-wills” that are gaining popularity. But don’t be fooled, though they may seem convenient, they can cost you more in the long run without a lawyer’s guidance. “Elder law is so specialized, so focused on an…

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Don’t Lose the Farm! Paying for Long Term Care with Medicaid

I Just Lost $20K and No One Told Me? I have this kind of conversation every week with a potential client trying to qualify for Medicaid. We find they receive advice by a business office worker at a nursing home or friend with “experience.” They trust them when they advise them to “just spend down…