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Fifty and Beyond

The Law You and Your Parents Need to Know

by Kenney F. Hegland, Allan D. Bogutz

Tags: Elder Law

315 pp  $22.95

ISBN 978-0-89089-784-3

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Fifty and Beyond is the only inclusive book on the legal problems faced by the millions of individuals over the age of fifty. Intended to serve as a guide for those approaching an important passage in their lives that includes many changes, the book provides clear and easily understood answers to many of the questions that must be addressed as these transitions occur.

Written by a nationally recognized expert on elder law and a law school professor, the book covers all of the major issues — from the decision to retire to death in the family, from estate planning to health care planning, from remarriage in the golden years to the legal problems faced by grandparents. In the book, Hegland and Bogutz cover Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, as well as federal and state laws outlawing age and disability discrimination. They also cover such topics as home care and nursing homes, hospice, elder abuse, common scams, housing alternatives and retirement finances.

The most important issue addressed in Fifty and Beyond is that of knowing what's coming and what to do about it, as well as where to turn for assistance. Perhaps equally important is the need for communication within the family as to personal preferences for care, medical treatment, and family finances.

The book makes law very accessible. The legal principles are well stated and illustrated, and the reader is carried along with humor and even poetry. Readers of this book will have a source of good and practical advice on how to face the changes of later life, as well as have a continuing reference book to consult as new questions arise.

"Astoundingly exhaustive in its range of subjects, Fifty and Beyond provides accurate, to-the-point legal advice..." — Charles Sabatino, ABA Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly