As I See It by Leonard Baer, Esq.

Leonard Baer, Esq. - Elder law attorneyA regular column discussing elder fraud, elder law and estate planning. By Leonard Baer, Esq., an elder law and estate attorney specializing in elder fraud prevention and abuse.

Like a Fox Guarding the Hen House

This can’t be happening. Now, there is now another way for my clients to lose their money and their identities and it isn’t even because of some fraudster. No, this time, the “perp” is a legitimate business failing miserably to protect its “people”. I’m speaking, of course, … [Read more...]

When TV Dinners Were High-Tech

Recently, a favorite client of mine came into my office filled with rage. Over what, you might ask? She just yelled, pointed her finger, and made the usual gestures for 10 minutes…over a parking space! When I asked why, she responded “just because.” Wow, is this the new … [Read more...]


It’s been a long-time coming, but it came. I remember when I turned 50 and received an invitation to become a member of AARP. I hid the invitation. I didn’t want to go to that party. I was too young, still too full of myself. A senior? Forget it! Last week, while checking out … [Read more...]

Retraction, Reneging and Backtracking

A few months ago, I wrote a post advising that seniors don’t need to bring someone with them to a doctor’s appointment. I am dogged about keeping our independence as we age, but today, I am changing my mind… Since writing that post, I spoke to one of my clients who recently … [Read more...]

The IRS Is Calling: Is It For Real This Time?

There was a great line from the movie, Network … “I’m mad as hell and I am not going to take this anymore.” That line is very fitting for me because I am mad! A few months ago, I wrote an wrote an article  on IRS tax scams in which people are called and informed that they … [Read more...]

So, When Are You Going to Retire?

Wow, again this week, one of my clients asked me that question. Holy moly, do I look that bad? I ran to the mirror to get some sort of reading that decrepitude had taken over. Nothing has really changed since I looked in the mirror. No sudden hair loss, sagging jowls or … [Read more...]

The Secret to Staying Relevant with Kids and Grandkids

Can you imagine if, today, Alexander Graham Bell picked up the phone to call his kids and had to leave a message for them? Leaving messages on the phone for our kids or grandkids is the proverbial whistling in the wind. No one hears it. A few months ago, I talked about … [Read more...]