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Case Study: Estate Planning

Published: April 2, 2021

When John and Carol reached out to Scott Bloom Law, they knew that changes had to be made in regards to the living arrangements of their mother, Diane. Living alone, Diane had begun to show signs that many children recognize when their parents are no longer able to take care of themselves. Forgetting to pay bills, the inability to maintain proper hygiene and missing doctor’s appointments were tell-tale signs that are recognizable to many families. Unfortunately, as is often the case, convincing Diane that a change had to be made was difficult. After the team at Scott Bloom Law spoke with Diane, we were able to compassionately explain the need to relinquish some control and the necessity of giving one of her children Power of Attorney so that, when needed, they could make the best decisions for her. Diane eventually came around, giving her son Power of Attorney, with her daughter as back-up.

Over time, it became increasingly apparent that Diane was no longer going to be able to live alone. It simply wasn’t a safe environment for Diane anymore and John and Carol were constantly worried. On top of this, money was starting to become an issue. For various reasons, Diane’s funds were not at the levels that she or her children believed. The idea of hiring a caretaker while Diane continued to live independently was suddenly off the table. The family needed a solution that would allow Diane to be safe while living as independently as possible.

With the experienced team at Scott Bloom Law to guide them, the family was able to explain to their mother that without finding new living arrangements immediately, there would be a chance that she ended up in a nursing home, which the family wanted to avoid. Working with the family, we were able to find an assisted living facility that met Diane’s needs and allowed her children the peace of mind that if mom outlived her funds, that Medicaid could be utilized without moving again. As is often the case, convincing mom that these changes needed to occur was the toughest part. With the help of Scott Bloom Law, we were able to explain to her that, though not ideal, a change in her living arrangements was the best possible outcome for herself and her children.

At Scott Bloom Law, we have the experience and breadth of knowledge necessary to understand and advise on all aspects of eldercare issues. With compassion, honesty, and attention to detail, the team at Scott Bloom Law will be there every step of the way for you and your family, providing a plan and offering guidance through the elder law legal process. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.

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Sometimes after a loved one passes away, the family learns of things they were unaware of while the loved one was living. This was the case for one of our clients, Sam, after his father Tom Jr. passed away. Sam was always under the impression that the home he had grown up in, and that his father had lived in until his death, was owned by Tom Jr. To say it came as a surprise that it was indeed Sam’s grandfather, Tom Sr., who was the actual owner of the home, is an understatement. 

Apparently, when Tom Sr. had passed away nearly 40 years ago, there was no proper estate plan established. Now, Sam would need to open his grandfather’s estate, resolve tax issues that were never addressed, and then go through the legal process to make the home a part of his father’s estate. At first, Sam believed that the entire process would be easy enough for him to handle on his own. However, after digging a little deeper, he quickly realized he would need the help of a knowledgeable and experienced attorney.

Sam reached out to Scott Bloom Law and we developed a game plan for moving forward. We began by probating Tom Jr.’s will and, after some time, we were able to settle the estates of both Tom Sr. and Tom Jr. While it was no fault of Sam, this is a great example of the importance of having an Estate Plan in place. No one wants to leave their families in precarious situations after they pass. The long-term purpose of setting up an Estate Plan today is to preserve as much of your wealth as possible for the intended beneficiaries and retaining a capable attorney can help ensure all of your wishes are met.

At Scott Bloom Law, we are a team of advocates who care, always fighting for what’s best for our clients and their families. With knowledge, experience, and compassion, we strive to find solutions that make the aging process as emotionally and financially easy as possible. Visit us at scottbloomlaw.com or call 215-364-1111, to talk to find out more.

- Case Study: Estate Administration

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CLIENT Testimonial

Scott Bloom Law Estate Planning Diagram

Sometimes after a loved one passes away, the family learns of things they were unaware of while the loved one was living. This was the case for one of our clients, Sam, after his father Tom Jr. passed away. Sam was always under the impression that the home he had grown up in, and that his father had lived in until his death, was owned by Tom Jr. To say it came as a surprise that it was indeed Sam’s grandfather, Tom Sr., who was the actual owner of the home, is an understatement. 

Apparently, when Tom Sr. had passed away nearly 40 years ago, there was no proper estate plan established. Now, Sam would need to open his grandfather’s estate, resolve tax issues that were never addressed, and then go through the legal process to make the home a part of his father’s estate. At first, Sam believed that the entire process would be easy enough for him to handle on his own. However, after digging a little deeper, he quickly realized he would need the help of a knowledgeable and experienced attorney.

Sam reached out to Scott Bloom Law and we developed a game plan for moving forward. We began by probating Tom Jr.’s will and, after some time, we were able to settle the estates of both Tom Sr. and Tom Jr. While it was no fault of Sam, this is a great example of the importance of having an Estate Plan in place. No one wants to leave their families in precarious situations after they pass. The long-term purpose of setting up an Estate Plan today is to preserve as much of your wealth as possible for the intended beneficiaries and retaining a capable attorney can help ensure all of your wishes are met.

At Scott Bloom Law, we are a team of advocates who care, always fighting for what’s best for our clients and their families. With knowledge, experience, and compassion, we strive to find solutions that make the aging process as emotionally and financially easy as possible. Visit us at scottbloomlaw.com or call 215-364-1111, to talk to find out more.

- Case Study: Estate Administration

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