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  • Selecting a Professional Advocate to act as your Power of Attorney

    Among Elder Law attorneys, Care Consultants and Geriatric Care Managers that I know, it is not unusual to hear about elders who have become so isolated that they may choose a friendly bank teller, waitress or grocery cashier that they see once a week to become their Durable Power of Attorney and their Health Care Power of Attorney. This may sound absurd, but it is not unusual. The elder may not have a church or community of friends to interact with. Perhaps, most of their friends have died or are experiencing their own health challenges. Perhaps, their children have become estranged from them or are untrustworthy. The trouble with the friendly waitress is that she may have a tendency to “borrow” money she needs for their husband’s business, child’s school, etc…

    There are horror stories I have witnessed with POA’s, such as, the loving son/ Power of Attorney with a gambling addiction with securities trading that depletes the estate in short order. There are the family member POA’s who go power-mad and isolate the elder in a skilled nursing facility from their family members and friends. There are the family member POA’s who are very nice people, however, they are quite simply not up to the task of making the hard decisions on your behalf. (more…)

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  • What Does Great Pie and Elder Law Have in Common?

    My wife, Amy, and I became enamored with the wonderful pie at Lulu’s Café in Milwaukee after riding our bicycles around the lovely Wisconsin farm country all day.  Every chance we get to try a new pie place, we seize it.  We now include our pie loving son, Gabriel who enjoys ordering his own slice and doesn’t mind trading a bite here and there.  We first encountered the First Slice Pie Café while driving up Ravenswood and stopped into their café tucked into an art gallery for a slice of their signature sour cherry pie.  It was outstanding and we couldn’t help but notice people lining up for their weekly subscriptions to First Pie’s meals to go.  It turns out, First Slice Pie Café is a non-profit organization founded by woman named, Mary Ellen Diaz,  a first rate chef,  trained at l’Ecole des Arts Culinaires in Lyon, France.  Ms. Diaz has built her organization as a job training program after she volunteered in a soup kitchen and stunned the people there with her delicious soups.  She has a program she calls “The Shareholders Program” with over 100 families subscribing and receiving home-cooked meals on a weekly basis. First Slice Pie Café recently placed in the top 10 of all apple pies in the country in Food and Wine Magazine. It is heavenly to a pie fancier.

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