November 2013

News About Littman Krooks
  • Littman Krooks LLP has been selected among the 2014 U.S.News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" in the New York metropolitan area with a Tier 1 ranking in the area of Elder Law and Trusts & Estates Law.
  • Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., has once again been chosen among The Best Lawyers in America®, the definitive guide to legal excellence, in the field of Elder Law and Trusts and Estates. In addition, he was recently named Chair of the Elder Care Committee of Editorial Advisory Board of Trusts and Estates magazine and has been appointed President Elect of Arc of Westchester.

Caring for an elderly parent in declining health is a big responsibility, and one that can have a significant effect on the caregiver's financial and emotional well-being. Having a sibling to share in that responsibility can make things easier, but it can also lead to conflict and resentment. It is important to understand the issues that may arise when two or more adult siblings are caring for an elderly parent, and the best ways to resolve problems.

One question that usually comes up at the outset is who will be the primary caregiver. If only one sibling lives close to the parent who needs care, that is often the deciding factor. When two or more siblings live close by, then the decision often depends on work schedules. If none of the siblings live close to the parent or have time available, then the question becomes how to divide the expense of hiring an in-home health aide or perhaps an assisted living facility, depending on the circumstances.

Good communication is probably the most important factor in making these decisions. Ideally, responsibilities will be divided in whatever way feels fair to everyone involved, and arriving at the best outcome depends on communication. Siblings should be encouraged to share exactly what they feel they should contribute and why. Factors such as an individual's family income or work schedule are legitimate concerns that may play into decision-making. Feelings about this should be stated plainly so that later resentments can be avoided. Siblings should try their best not to let old sibling rivalries get in the way. Adult siblings caring for an elderly parent are taking on new roles, and they are best served by not replaying old ones. Click here to read more.


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