October 16, 2018

ABA book gives families the answers they need when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia

CHICAGO, Oct. 16, 2018 — Just published by the ABA, Don't Let Dementia Steal Everything: Avoid Mistakes, Save Money, and Take Control” provides guidance to families who don’t know where to turn when a loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s. Elder law attorneys Kerry Peck and Rick Law break down the legal issues surrounding dementia by addressing effective strategies for the most common challenges and identifying obstacles many families are unaware of.

Aside from the emotional and physical toll that accompanies a dementia diagnosis, many families fall under financial strain and struggle to cope with legal hindrances. From understanding the benefits and limitations of Medicare, Medicaid and Medi-Cal to assigning powers of attorney and determining guardianship, addressing the legal issues surrounding aging and cognitive decline can prevent dire missteps. “Don’t Let Dementia Steal Everything” helps families to avoid common pitfalls while navigating the costs of care and asset protection, as well as safely involve family members as caregivers and deter scams.  

Peck is the managing partner of Peck Ritchey, LLC, in Chicago and is past president of the Chicago Bar Association. He was retained by the City of Chicago Department of Aging to rewrite the State of Illinois Elder Abuse and Neglect Act, and co-authored the book “Alzheimer’s and the Law.” Peck has been repeatedly selected by his peers in Illinois as a “Super Lawyer,” and was also named a member of the Leading Lawyers Network. In 2014 Peck was honored with the Justice John Paul Stevens Award, the Chicago Bar Association’s highest honor.

Law is the founder and lead attorney of Law Elder Law, LLP, in Aurora, Ill. He is a nationally recognized authority in the areas of estate planning, asset protection, income tax efficient retirement and nursing home Medicaid benefits. For many years, he has been named the No. 1 elder law estate planning attorney in Illinois by Leading Lawyers Magazine. Law was selected as an official member of the Forbes Finance Council. He has been quoted in Wall Street Journal, AARP Magazine, TheStreet.com and numerous professional publications and is a co-author of “Alzheimer’s and the Law: Counseling Clients with Dementia and Their Families” and “Cruising through Retirement: Avoiding the Potholes.”

Title:                            Don’t Let Dementia Steal Everything: Avoid Mistakes, Save Money, and Take Control
Publisher:                    ABA Publishing
Pages:                         222 pages
Product Code:             5460221
ISBN:                           9781641052030
Size:                            6 x 9, paperback
Price:                           $24.95
Orders:                        800-285-2221 or shopaba.org

Editor’s note: Author interviews and review copies of this book are available by emailing Brandon Wilhelm at brandon.wilhelm@americanbar.org. If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Brandon Wilhelm, ABA Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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