2010 • $32.00 • 308 pp • paper
Students taking Elder Law or Health Law might find this book helpful to get a quick introduction to topics you don't cover in your course or as a second opinion for those you do. As a savvy law professor, even if you don't teach those courses, particularly if you don't teach those courses, you get tough questions from friends and relatives — "Should I have a living trust? What's a health care power of attorney? What's a disgruntled heir?" Here's help for dire times.
Written by a law professor with the practical insights of an elder law lawyer, it covers everything from retirement (finances, housing, Medicare) to advance directives, elder abuse to nursing homes, scams, bill collectors, age discrimination, to disability in the family and hospice. It even covers sex, driving, and what it feels like growing old, having everyone start calling you "dear" and giving you, without even asking, those dreaded discounts.
This book is a rewrite of Alive and Kicking: Legal Advice for Boomers by Kenney F. Hegland and Robert B. Fleming.
"[A]n engaging, even entertaining and uplifting, book about a subject most of us who are getting on in life often avoid: arranging our affairs for our latter years to avoid medical, financial, and legal troubles. I will use it myself and recommend it to patients, friends, and loved ones." — Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Healthy Aging
"An encyclopedic legal reference with the down-home philosophy and wit of a Will Rogers. Astoundingly exhaustive in its range of subjects, the book provides accurate, to-the-point legal advice wryly enriched by poetry, humor, and existential musings." — Charles Sabatino, principal author of American Bar Association's Legal Guide for Older Americans
"Kenney Hegland is simply one of the best writers on any law faculty." — Thomas E. Sullivan, Dean, College of Law, University of Minnesota
"[This book] isn't afraid to crack a joke or bust our a poem now and again, giving a different and attractive flavor, making it highly recommended for anyone who is rapidly approaching retirement age and wants to be prepared for it in the modern world. Also recommended to community library law shelves." — Wisconsin Bookwatch