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Elder Law attorney attends client's 99th Birthday Party


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4/10/2010
Richard J. Habiger, J.D.
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99th Birthday balloonI had an incredible opportunity to attend a client’s birthday party and take this photo.  It was indeed a happy occasion for all – especially when she invited everyone back for her 100th birthday party in 2011.

While enjoying the celebration and festivities, I was reminded of the sobering thought of all the financial and legal plans that her only daughter, Jane, has been saddled with as her mother aged.  As the children of aging parents, we never know if we will be buying a celebration balloon like this for their 99th birthday – and it is usually the least of our challenges as the years creep forward for a centenarian parent.

While attending my client's birthday party, my mind drifted to the many issues Jane has had to deal with for nearly 25 years.  Getting to this 99th birthday has been a lot more work and worry for Jane than for her mother.  Jane has had to manage finances, coordinate moves, work with doctors, screen assisted living homes, and of course, work with her mother's elder law attorney.

I was personally relieved, knowing I could attend the celebration, wish my client a “Happy Birthday”, and return home.  Jane, on the other hand, would be at the party to the very end.  She would be cleaning up the leftover cake, policing the party room at the assisted living facility, etc.  And she still has to deal with all the fiduciary responsibilities that continue long after the party has ended.

Fortunately, Jane has the elder law attorneys and public benefits specialists at HAELO to assist her and her mother.

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