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Principal author and editor: Franchelle C. Millender
Contributing Authors: Michael Bridges, Kathryn Cook DeAngelo, M. Leigh Flynn, Patricia L. Harrison, Catherine H. Kennedy, Franchelle C. Millender, Mitchell C. Payne, Sarah G. St. Onge


Do you have clients who are elderly or disabled and need assistance in providing for long term care?
Do you have clients who have questions about Social Security, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, Veterans benefits?
Do any of your clients need direction in choosing a long term care facility for a family member?
Do you need easy access to the latest information about wills, trusts, powers of attorney or the estate planning process?
Are you aware of the tax consequences of an action as simple as a deed from parent to child?

Issues relating to aging and disability touch everyone. As an attorney, you will be asked questions about the many decisions that must be made to provide needed care. A Practical Guide to Elder and Special Needs Law in South Carolina is a new and enhanced version of South Carolina Elder Law: A Practice Manual. With more than 800 pages, 19 sample forms and 10 exhibits, the book has been expanded to include relevant information not just for seniors but also for those who are disabled and have special needs. This is a guide for every attorney who advises older clients, disabled clients and families of those who are elderly or have special needs. It is a comprehensive, practical resource that answers not only issues of substantive law, but also helps the attorney work through the many ethical issues inherent in the practice of elder and special needs law.
This book will serve you not only as a reliable guide, but it will also be available in CD format which will give you immediate access to the many links to other resources and includes many helpful forms for the practitioner. A sampling of the forms found on the CD include: a representation agreement, client questionnaire for estate planning, several wills from the simple to the complex, durable power of attorney with options for gifting, first party and third party special needs trusts, and a long-term planning questionnaire. If you're a seasoned practitioner or looking to expand your practice, this is one resource you'll need on your bookshelf.

Summary of Contents
Part One: The Basics
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Ethics and Elder Law
Chapter 3 Client Relations

Part Two: Planning for Death and Disability
Chapter 1 Planning
Chapter 2 Additional Planning Considerations
Chapter 3 Tax Aspects of Planning for Long Term Care and Disability

Part Three: Long Term Care
Chapter 1 The Role of the Elder Law Attorney
Chapter 2 Delivery of Care
Chapter 3 Funding the Cost of Long Term Care

Part Four: Available Government Benefits
Chapter 1 Social Security
Chapter 2 Supplemental Security Income
Chapter 3 Medicare
Chapter 4 Veterans Benefits and Long Term Care
Chapter 5 Medicaid

Part Five: Nursing Home Care

Part Six: Accessing Medicaid for Long Term Care

Part Seven: The Vulnerable Adult

Part Eight: Protective Actions in the Probate Court
Chapter 1 Guardianships and Conservatorships
Chapter 2 The Role of the Guardian ad Litem in the Probate Court
SC Elder Law, 3rd Ed. Contents