Leonard Baer

About Leonard Baer

Leonard Baer is an elder law and estate attorney with offices in the Highlands, NC and Wellington, FL. His specialty is the prevention of elder abuse, particularly those who are victim to fraud. Visit his website

Ask The Grandkids

I had an interesting client this week… We spoke about issues concerning her estate planning, and after our appointment, she proudly displayed her brand-new cell phone to show she was ‘hip’ to technology. (“Hip” is a word used during days of Elvis—meaning we’re cool – apparently, … [Read more...]

Is there ever a good time to talk about after life arrangements?

Remember when our parents, in their frustration said, “Talking to you is like talking to a wall!?” Most of us laughed and thought nothing much of it. My, how the tables have turned! Now, we are also parents. And, like many of my clients, we want to speak about end-of-life … [Read more...]

What’s In Your Wallet?

A few days ago, I was in a store watching someone pay for her items at checkout. When the cashier asked her for her credit card, she produced a wallet that was bulging with papers, bills, receipts and what could have been the remainder of an old peanut butter cracker! She … [Read more...]

The Mirror Has Two Faces: Which One Will You See Today?

For those of who read my blogs, it is obvious that I am a movie fan. I love movies and have been going to movies for so long. I can remember Saturday afternoons when my best friend and I would go to the Troy Theatre and pay $.75 to get in, see two movies, and eat ourselves … [Read more...]

The IRS Scam: A Scam for All Seasons

The holidays are over, the presents are put away, and we are looking forward to Groundhog Day, Valentines Day, and of course, the tax season! My personal preference is Valentine’s Day. But, as you know, the IRS doesn’t give you much choice. Mark Twain once said ... “What … [Read more...]

The Only New Years Resolution You Need

These are the lines from one of my favorite movies, City Slickers, where a middle-aged man goes to a dude ranch to participate in cattle drive and find meaning in life. Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is? [holds up index finger] Curly: This. Mitch: Your … [Read more...]

A Holiday Faux Pas With Older Parents

nother holiday faux pas—using family time to tell an aging parent that maybe they ought to give up their car keys. Want a real downer? Start talking to a senior about driving and maybe even getting rid of their car. Here’s a stocking stuffer ... just hide their keys and say … [Read more...]