Senior Citizens

Contracts

  • A power of attorney is a document in which you give someone legal authority to act for you.

Domestic Violence

  • Under Maryland law any health practitioner, police officer, or human service worker who has reason to believe that a vulnerable adult is in danger is required to report that fact to the local department of social services. Any concerned person may make such a report.

Discrimination

  • There are a number of federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination because of age, race, color, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and pregnancy.

Pension Issues

Divorce

Guardianship

  • Guardianship is a court proceeding. When an adult is unable to make personal decisions, such as medical decisions, or to handle his or her own property, a court can appoint a guardian.

Medical Benefits

  • What counts as countable household income for the Primary Adult Care program
  • This program helps Maryland Residents enrolled in Medical Assistance, HealthChoice, Primary Adult Care (PAC), Family Planning, or Medicare Part D pay for medically necessary prescriptions.
  • Medical Assistance (also called Medicaid) is a program that pays the medical bills of people who have low income and cannot afford medical care.
  • This article answers frequently asked questions about medical assistance and nursing home care.
  • Medicare is health insurance for people age 65 or older, under 65 with certain disabilities, and any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). ESRD is permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant. The different parts of Medicare help cover specific services if you meet certain conditions.
  • Medicare Part C, also known as "Medicare Advantage" is an alternative to coverage under Medicare Parts A and B.
  • The Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program is a state program to help people with lower income pay for out-of-pocket Medicare expenses, such as deductibles, co-payments and premiums.
  • The Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program (SPDAP) is a subsidy program established by the Maryland General Assembly in 2005 to provide financial assistance to moderate-income Maryland residents who are eligible for Medicare and are enrolled in a prescription drug plan.
  • Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) description and the "Qualified Individual " (QI) limited expansion of SLMB. These are state programs, similar to medical assistance, for people who need help paying for Medicare services.

Social Security

Disability Law

  • Guardianship is a court proceeding. When an adult is unable to make personal decisions, such as medical decisions, or to handle his or her own property, a court can appoint a guardian.

Medicaid/Medicare

  • Many older taxpayers have Medicare premiums deducted from their Social Security checks each month and forget to take the deduction at the end of the year.
  • This program helps Maryland Residents enrolled in Medical Assistance, HealthChoice, Primary Adult Care (PAC), Family Planning, or Medicare Part D pay for medically necessary prescriptions.
  • Medical Assistance (also called Medicaid) is a program that pays the medical bills of people who have low income and cannot afford medical care.
  • This article answers frequently asked questions about medical assistance and nursing home care.
  • Medicare is health insurance for people age 65 or older, under 65 with certain disabilities, and any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). ESRD is permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant. The different parts of Medicare help cover specific services if you meet certain conditions.
  • Medicare Part C, also known as "Medicare Advantage" is an alternative to coverage under Medicare Parts A and B.
  • The Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program is a state program to help people with lower income pay for out-of-pocket Medicare expenses, such as deductibles, co-payments and premiums.
  • The Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program (SPDAP) is a subsidy program established by the Maryland General Assembly in 2005 to provide financial assistance to moderate-income Maryland residents who are eligible for Medicare and are enrolled in a prescription drug plan.
  • Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) description and the "Qualified Individual " (QI) limited expansion of SLMB. These are state programs, similar to medical assistance, for people who need help paying for Medicare services.

Nursing Homes/Assisted Living

  • Assisted living is a residential program that provides housing, supervision, personal care services, health related services, or a combination of these to residents who are unable to perform activities of daily living or who need help performing them.
  • In Maryland, Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) offer older adults a variety of services and care facilities, ranging from independent living arrangements to nursing home care. This article discusses the issues making a decision.
  • An ombudsman is a third party that acts to investigate and resolve complaints involving residents of long-term care facilities. The Ombudsman is an advocate whose goal is to promote the highest possible quality of life for residents.
  • This article answers frequently asked questions about medical assistance and nursing home care.
  • This FAQ covers the the rights of nursing home residents when the facility moves to discharge or transfer the resident.
  • This article describes the rights that nursing home residents have under state and federal law and regulations.
  • Issues to consider before you sign.
  • Your treatment, care and services must be adequate, appropriate, and promote your social, emotional, physical and spiritual health. For example, you have a right to a service plan based on an assessment of your needs; you also have a right to three meals and additional snacks each day.
  • Assisted living is a residential program that provides housing, supervision, personal care services, health related services, or a combination of these to residents who are unable to perform activities of daily living or who need help performing them.
  • In Maryland, Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) offer older adults a variety of services and care facilities, ranging from independent living arrangements to nursing home care. This article discusses the issues making a decision.
  • An ombudsman is a third party that acts to investigate and resolve complaints involving residents of long-term care facilities. The Ombudsman is an advocate whose goal is to promote the highest possible quality of life for residents.
  • This article answers frequently asked questions about medical assistance and nursing home care.
  • This FAQ covers the the rights of nursing home residents when the facility moves to discharge or transfer the resident.
  • This article describes the rights that nursing home residents have under state and federal law and regulations.
  • Issues to consider before you sign.
  • Your treatment, care and services must be adequate, appropriate, and promote your social, emotional, physical and spiritual health. For example, you have a right to a service plan based on an assessment of your needs; you also have a right to three meals and additional snacks each day.

Health

Mortgages

Homeownership

  • Sometimes as people age, their physical abilities fail and may make it difficult, or even impossible, to stay in their homes without some changes or modifications to the home.
  • This article describes a general process for giving away property rights to someone else for no money. For example, you may wish to make a gift of property, or you may wish to add a family member to your deed. You should be aware that simply adding someone to a property deed can have very different results depending on the exact words used in the new deed. If you are buying or selling property, it is important to get professional help.

Long-term Care

  • Assisted living is a residential program that provides housing, supervision, personal care services, health related services, or a combination of these to residents who are unable to perform activities of daily living or who need help performing them.
  • An ombudsman is a third party that acts to investigate and resolve complaints involving residents of long-term care facilities. The Ombudsman is an advocate whose goal is to promote the highest possible quality of life for residents.
  • This FAQ covers the the rights of nursing home residents when the facility moves to discharge or transfer the resident.
  • This article describes the rights that nursing home residents have under state and federal law and regulations.
  • Your treatment, care and services must be adequate, appropriate, and promote your social, emotional, physical and spiritual health. For example, you have a right to a service plan based on an assessment of your needs; you also have a right to three meals and additional snacks each day.

Landlord/Tenant

Discrimination Issues

  • There are a number of federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination because of age, race, color, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and pregnancy.

Pensions

Social Security Benefits

Wills/Estates/Probate

  • This page gives an overview of estate administration and links to a number of resources for people who need to open an estate.
  • A Will is a written legal document prepared for one person, called the testator, which sets forth what is to happen after death to his or her property, called the estate, and who is to be named as guardian to care for any minor children.
  • This article contains information on different kinds of personal banks accounts, who can access them, and what happens when the owner dies.
  • A power of attorney is a document in which you give someone legal authority to act for you.
  • This article describes a general process for giving away property rights to someone else for no money. For example, you may wish to make a gift of property, or you may wish to add a family member to your deed. You should be aware that simply adding someone to a property deed can have very different results depending on the exact words used in the new deed. If you are buying or selling property, it is important to get professional help.
  • This article defines and describes the basic law of trusts.
  • This article describes a general process for giving away property rights to someone else for no money. For example, you may wish to make a gift of property, or you may wish to add a family member to your deed. You should be aware that simply adding someone to a property deed can have very different results depending on the exact words used in the new deed. If you are buying or selling property, it is important to get professional help.

Senior Citizens

  • Under Maryland law any health practitioner, police officer, or human service worker who has reason to believe that a vulnerable adult is in danger is required to report that fact to the local department of social services. Any concerned person may make such a report.
  • Guardianship is a court proceeding. When an adult is unable to make personal decisions, such as medical decisions, or to handle his or her own property, a court can appoint a guardian.
  • What counts as countable household income for the Primary Adult Care program
  • If a parent is destitute, do the children legally have to support him or her under Maryland law?
  • Information for people caring for a frail elderly relative.
  • Sometimes as people age, their physical abilities fail and may make it difficult, or even impossible, to stay in their homes without some changes or modifications to the home.
  • This program helps Maryland Residents enrolled in Medical Assistance, HealthChoice, Primary Adult Care (PAC), Family Planning, or Medicare Part D pay for medically necessary prescriptions.
  • Medical Assistance (also called Medicaid) is a program that pays the medical bills of people who have low income and cannot afford medical care.
  • Medicare is health insurance for people age 65 or older, under 65 with certain disabilities, and any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). ESRD is permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant. The different parts of Medicare help cover specific services if you meet certain conditions.
  • Medicare Part C, also known as "Medicare Advantage" is an alternative to coverage under Medicare Parts A and B.
  • The Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program is a state program to help people with lower income pay for out-of-pocket Medicare expenses, such as deductibles, co-payments and premiums.
  • What are reverse mortgages and what are the common pitfalls.
  • The Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program (SPDAP) is a subsidy program established by the Maryland General Assembly in 2005 to provide financial assistance to moderate-income Maryland residents who are eligible for Medicare and are enrolled in a prescription drug plan.
  • Questions and Answers from Maryland Legal Aid's Maryland Senior Legal Hotline
  • Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) description and the "Qualified Individual " (QI) limited expansion of SLMB. These are state programs, similar to medical assistance, for people who need help paying for Medicare services.
  • The tax relief provided by this law is based on a calculation that includes your total income and the actual amount paid as occupancy rent.

Estate Administration & Probate

  • This page gives an overview of estate administration and links to a number of resources for people who need to open an estate.

Powers of Attorney

  • A power of attorney is a document in which you give someone legal authority to act for you.

Trusts

  • This article defines and describes the basic law of trusts.

Wills

  • A Will is a written legal document prepared for one person, called the testator, which sets forth what is to happen after death to his or her property, called the estate, and who is to be named as guardian to care for any minor children.
  • This article contains information on different kinds of personal banks accounts, who can access them, and what happens when the owner dies.

Civil Rights

  • There are a number of federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination because of age, race, color, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and pregnancy.

Land Records

  • This article describes a general process for giving away property rights to someone else for no money. For example, you may wish to make a gift of property, or you may wish to add a family member to your deed. You should be aware that simply adding someone to a property deed can have very different results depending on the exact words used in the new deed. If you are buying or selling property, it is important to get professional help.
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