Housing Options for the Older Client
Probate & Property Magazine: November/December 2008, Vol. 22, No. 5
By Lawrence A. Frolik, Walter T. Burke, and Michael A. Kirtland
Lawrence A. Frolik is a professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the author of Residence Options for Older and Disabled Clients (ABA Publishing). Walter T. Burke is a founding partner of the Albany, New York, firm of Burke & Casserly, P.C., and chair of the ABA Senior Lawyers Division. Michael A. Kirtland is the managing partner of the Colorado Springs, Colorado, firm of Kirtland & Seal, group vice-chair of the Trust & Estate Division Elder Law, Disability Planning and Bioethics Group, and Section liaison to the ABA Senior Lawyers Division.
O n reaching retirement age, many people think about changing their housing accommodations. The present house may be larger than they need or it may be too expensive to maintain in light of limited retirement income. Some want to move to a warmer climate or to be near their children. Others have specific requirements such as a home without stairs. A few older clients may feel the need for supportive services available in an assisted living or continuing care retirement community.