Elder E-Letter: April 2021

Way to go, Team Bertsch!


This year we had a blast raising money and food donations forSan Antonio Food Bank’s 2nd annual Food From The Bar campaign. We put on hair nets and jammed out in the San Antonio Food Bank’s Community Kitchen as we packed 1,731 lunches for Pre-K 4 SA.

Our shift supervisor said he’d never seen a volunteer team pack that many lunches in one shift and that we were rock stars.

We’re looking forward to doing it again next year.

Brennen Boze on Why You Need a Will

Our Associate Attorney, Brennen Boze, is doing a great job tackling estate planning needs for our clients. Here’s Brennen on three great reasons to  have a Will:

  1. Control: When you have a Will, you get to control where your assets go when you die instead of the state.
  2. Children and pets: You can specify in your Will who will care for your children and pets when you pass on.
  3. Family peace: Eliminate the guesswork and potential fights that may erupt among family members when you are gone.

If you have any questions about getting your affairs in order, Brennen can help you figure things out. Give us a call at (210)892-4555, and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment for you.

UT Heath: Study on Out-of-Pocket Costs for Latino Caregivers

Caregivers, your input is valuable! Family caregivers of people living with dementia pay an average of $11,000.00 per year on items and services, such as incontinence equipment, home care, and medications. These costs are  even higher among Latino families. UT Health’s Caring for the Caregiver  program is conducting focus groups with Latino family caregivers to inform  an education program to reduce the out-of-pocket costs of caregiving.

Your participation can help UT Health learn more about these out-of-pocket costs! Please email confidence@usc.edu to learn more and to find out if you are eligible. Focus groups last for approximately 1.5 hours and they do  provide payment.



March 4 & 5  Carol and Brennen attended UT Law CLE 17th Annual changes and Trends Affecting Special Needs Trusts.

March 19 Carol presented Best practices during Covid-19 for Uncontested  Probate of Wills in Bexar County’s Probate Court 2 for the San Antonio Bar  Association’s Elder Law Section.

March 30 Carol presented “Who Decides When I Can’t? Guardianship and Powers of Attorney” at San Antonio Oasis.

Brennen became a Dementia Friend!. Way to go, Brennen! We’re all  Dementia Friends here at the Law Offices of Carol Bertsch, PC. Would you  like to become one? Click here to learn more.

Coming Up

April 6 Carol delivers a legal Q&A for caregivers at Connect Ability who are suddenly thrust into the role.

April 8 Carol talks about Medicaid and Medicare at UT Health Caring for the Caregiver’s Essentials of Caregiving

Top 5 Caregiver Support Tips

  • Join a support group.
  • Get Strategies to manage stress.
  • Learn new caregiving skills as the disease progresses.
  • When people offer to help, let them.
  • Know what community resources are available.

What’s Going on in Your World?

Do you have a topic or an elder law question you’d like us to cover in our
newsletter? Please email your suggestions to jhudspeth@assistingseniors.com. All ideas are welcome.