All posts by: Bryan Adler

About Bryan Adler

Bryan Adler, Esq. is a Philadelphia based Certified Elder Law Attorney with offices in Trevose and South Jersey. Mr. Adler contributes educational articles and is a speaker on elder law topics including: life care planning, asset protection, veterans’ benefits, guardianship and related topics throughout Greater Philadelphia. Mr. Adler is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, serves on the Advocacy and Litigation Steering Committee, a Veterans Administration accredited attorney, a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, and a past member of the Hospice of Pennsylvania Ethics Board. Mr. Adler is a council member of the Drexel University School of Law Alumni Council. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University and Drexel University School of Law.

“Where do you see yourself in five years?”  I remember this question from guidance counselors in high school, career counselors in college, and prospective employers in the real world.  In those instances, the idea was to identify educational and career goals.  However, I find myself frequently asking this of our clients. Over the past several […]

Dementia never appears in an instant.  Rather, it is a gradual decline that families often initially attribute to “forgetfulness”.  The prevalence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is increasing with an estimated 16 million suffering from the disease within the next 35 years.  Knowing and accepting this reality is a great first step, planning for it […]

We insist that every client walking through our door have a standard set of documents that are needed to assist in an array of the situation.  While this is often referred to as “basic estate planning”, it is actually rather complicated.  The following is a breakdown of the three documents: 1) General Durable Power of […]

A local personal care home recently invited me to speak to a dementia support group hosted in their community.  I was asked to speak on options available to finance the high cost of long-term care and options to protect assets, particularly for a spouse.  15 people attended. Before we started, I asked everyone to briefly […]

  Over the past decade, baby boomers have watched their parents impoverish themselves paying for long term care; often because a health crisis necessitated an unexpected need for such care.  Having watched this happen, more and more adult-children are seeking options available now to protect their assets in the event they have a long term […]

“Find the best, most independent care possible and figure out how to pay for it without going broke”. This summarizes our goal as an Elder Law Firm and almost always the goals of our clients and their loved ones.  Unfortunately, this seemingly simple goal is exceedingly complex. The focus of Elder and Life Care Planning […]

On January 1, many of us find ourselves joining our friends and family in making a New Year’s Resolution.  According to Nielsen the top new year’s resolution is to get fit or physically healthier. Also, about half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8% succeed. With the New Year comes an opportunity to […]

Thinking about long term care can be overwhelming.  Particularly how to get the best care possible and figure out how to pay for it without going broke.  Fortunately, starting early and seeking professional assistance will ease much of this burden. The following are four tips to consider when you start planning early for your long […]

Elderly Americans are frequently and consistently the target of financial schemes.  According t the Federal Bureau of Investigation, seniors over the age of 65 often have a “nest-egg” of assets and excellent credit.   Unfortunately this also makes these same seniors targets of financial fraudsters. Joseph Campbell, Deputy Assistant Director of the Investigative Division of the […]

Each day families come to our office seeking assistance in identifying and accessing high quality long term care for their loved ones or for themselves.  Fortunately, regardless of each individual client’s care needs, we are able to assist.  Unfortunately, we often find ourselves helping those who are in the midst of a crisis that could […]

A recent Health Affairs Study compared the cost of 15 commonly performed, high volume, high cost medical procedures among various physician practices.  The procedures reviewed by the study included: |vasectomy, laparoscopic appendectomy, colonoscopy with lesion removal, nasal septum repair, cataract removal and knee replacement. The purpose was to compare the costs charged for the procedures […]

Facebook recently announced a “Legacy Contact” setting for each user profile, in which users can appoint a “digital executor”.  This digital executor is permitted to manage the users Facebook page after the user’s death.  To many of us it may seem bizarre that Facebook needed to permit such action, however, use and privacy policies vary […]

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Studies (CMS), prior to 2012 approximately 17% of nursing home patients suffering from dementia were given antipsychotic medications in daily doses exceeding the recommended levels.  In 2012, responding to concerns surrounding the use of these drugs, CMS created the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care.  The Partnership’s […]

“Americans suffer from more chronic illness than their peers in other countries” A new study by the Commonwealth Fund, published in a recent Journal Health Affairs, shows that elderly Americans are more likely to both suffer from chronic illnesses as well as struggle to afford health care then are their peers in other industrialized nations. […]