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Comments and observations by Suzan D. Herskowitz

Nursing Homes Scrutinized Still Have Poor Care

I am republishing an article from Kaiser Health News which focuses on the problems with many nursing homes. This is not meant to vilify all nursing facilities. It is just meant to put a light on some of the issues that we face as our population ages and needs more institutional care. At the risk […]

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Virginia’s New Elective Share Law

January 1, 2017, Virginia Code § 64.2-308.1, et seq. changed. This law concerns the surviving spouse’s elective share of his or her deceased spouse’s estate. Under the prior law, a spouse who died either intestate or who didn’t leave his or her spouse property (disinheritance), had a right to claim an elective share of the […]

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Repeal of Obamacare, Medicare and the “Donut Hole”

Approximately 57 million senior citizens and disabled Americans are currently enrolled in Medicare. I remind people that Medicare is health insurance for seniors and disabled Americans (as opposed to Medicaid, which is for a different purpose). There is a great deal of talk that repeal of Obamacare will occur within the first 100 days of the […]

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Suzan Joins ShenArts Board

I am pleased and honored to have been asked to join the ShenArts Board of Directors (Shenandoah Arts Council). I look forward to working with the staff and board members to continue the mission of  supporting the arts through programming, instruction, and exhibition and expanding arts awareness in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. See the Shen Arts […]

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End-of-Life Issue in Me Before You

I just finished reading JoJo Moyes’ bestselling novel Me Before You, which was also recently made into a movie. I won’t give the plot away so in a nutshell, it is about a young man who becomes a quadriplegic, and the young woman that is hired as a caretaker for him. The book delves into […]

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Decluttering: Cleaning Out Your Parent’s Home

Yes, I am an estate planning lawyer, but with this post I can absolutely tell you from my personal experience and the very bottom of my heart, if you love your children, please do not leave them with 20, 30, 40, 50+ years of “stuff” you have accumulated. Last week, I traveled to Texas to […]

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So Your Mom Has Moved In With You Part 2

After mom or dad moves in with you, you have to consider many things. One thing I talk a lot about (okay, maybe I even harp on it) is making sure that you have a power of attorney for finances and another one for medical care. Let’s be honest about this first, you will have to […]

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Suzan on The Radio!

  If you missed me on The Valley Business Today at lunchtime today, you’re in luck! Here’s a link to the podcast. I really enjoyed being on the air with Norma Jean Shaw to discuss National Healthcare Decisions Day and elder law abuse.  Podcast Link on The River 95.3 And for those that couldn’t write […]

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National Healthcare Decisions Day April 16th

National Healthcare Decisions Day is this Saturday, April 16th and the theme for this year is “It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.” How well I know that. Families do not plan in advance for the worst case scenario. I wish I didn’t have to tromp through the halls of hospitals and nursing […]

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So Your Mom Has Moved In With You??

Having a parent move in with you is a life-altering experience, and unless your parent is unaware of her surroundings, that experience is had by both of you! In most instances, your mom (or dad) really doesn’t want to move in with you. She may resent having to move in. She may be embarrassed that she […]

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