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...]
As I See It by Leonard Baer, Esq.
A 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.
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 finger? Curly: … [Read more...]
I had a strange request, recently. One of my clients asked if I would go with her when she was going to the doctor. I asked her why she would want me to go along. She explained that when she goes, she becomes tongue tied and can’t seem to focus. She leaves the doctor’s office … [Read more...]
A warning about signing a Power of Attorney document. How many times are we asked to sign things, and then just go ahead and sign? We go to restaurants and sign credit card receipts, but do we really review the bill? Do we read the fine print in a sales contract? We sign … [Read more...]
I didn’t intend to write another post on fraud, but something “got my goat.” I must receive at least six e-mail scams a day about my winnings in the lottery. I read them and laugh at the spelling errors, the ridiculous pictures placed across the page, and the message coming … [Read more...]
A client posed this thought-provoking question: "Do I think the laws are strong enough to control elder fraud? Do we need more laws?" My typical reply would be, of course! We need much stronger laws and legislation to stop this epidemic. As I thought more about this, … [Read more...]