Over the past 30 years, the public’s lack of knowledge about elder law has become very clear to me and in response, I have decided to write this book in an attempt to inform, educate and dispel misconceptions surrounding elder law. For instance, when it comes to long-term care, many people assume that Medicare will pay for it. Another common misconception is that a person’s spouse and/or children will be allowed to make healthcare decisions and handle financial affairs on their behalf in the absence of official documentation granting that authority to the spouse and/or children. Unfortunately, there is a total lack of understanding about these issues. As a result, many people feel as though they are in the midst of a crisis when it comes time for them to actually deal with the incapacitation of a loved one. My hope is that this book will serve as a resource for anyone who seeks a basic understanding of the field of elder law and how the issues that arise in this area of law can impact their lives, their children’s lives and the prospect of leaving a legacy to friends, family members, or charities.