Entries by Elder Law

Will My Health Care Documents Work Out Of State?

We often get this question  from clients: “I travel; will my Maryland health care documents work in other states if I am sick or injured?” Several years ago our family had a tragic car accident far from home, so this topic is very real to us. The simple answer is “probably.” In Maryland, our advance […]

Estate Tax Update

Congress has now passed new estate tax legislation, and the President has signed it. In 2011 and 2012, each citizen will have a $5 million Federal estate tax exemption, and the tax rate on assets beyond that will be 35%. This is a larger exemption and lower rate than was in effect before 2010. Maryland […]

Powers Of Attorney

Both Maryland and Virginia have new laws governing powers of attorney. We’ll focus on Maryland because most of our clients are Marylanders. The law took effect on October 1, 2011. The law clearly says that old documents remain in effect. However, new ones will require 2 witnesses and notarization. The law creates several suggested forms. […]

Brain Activity In Vegetative State?

Are some people who are thought to be in a persistent vegetative state more aware than we realized? Yes, according to February 3, 2010 article in the Washington Post which referenced a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine. Powerful brain scanning techniques allowed the researchers to describe such things as a tennis […]

Still On The Internet Forever…

The Washington Post featured an article on January 25, 2010 about how to keep your family informed about your web presence, including passwords and emails, if you become sick or pass away. It makes the valid point that for so many of us, a lot of life is online. Years ago, your family could go […]