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ELDERLY PARENTS AND CHINESE WISDOM

Posted by David A. Cutner

As reported in the Washington Post, China recently enacted legislation requiring adult children to visit their elderly parents often....

As reported in the Washington Post, China recently enacted legislation requiring adult children to visit their elderly parents often. The law does not specify how often is often enough, but gives parents the right to sue their children for failing to visit. Chinese news outlets frequently carry stories about parents being abused or neglected, so it will be interesting to see how this new law is applied.

There is probably little risk that any similar law would be enacted in the U.S. However, a number of states (not including New York) have enacted laws making children financially responsible for the care of their indigent parents.

As the costs of medical care and long-term care increase, and government agencies try to reduce their share of these costs, it may be wise to seek the advice of an Elder Law attorney. Particularly in New York, excellent planning options exist to prevent parents' financial ruin from these costs.

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