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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Special Needs Trusts: What You Need to Know

In general, a trust is created when property or assets are managed by a person for another person’s benefit.
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Challenges of Placing a Parent in Long Term Care

Long term care (LTC) is a term that has many parts to its definition. It is comprised of a variety of services that meet medical and non-medical requirements for people who cannot care for themselves for long periods of time. It is a highly individualized care system which can be formally or informally provided.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Medicaid Divorce: Maybe . . . Maybe Not.


Harry and Wanda got married late in life. This was their second marriage, and both had children from the prior marriages. The couple wanted their children to inherit from their respective parents, so Harry and Wanda signed a prenuptial agreement to keep their property clearly separated.

Unfortunately, several years after the marriage, Harry was then diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Medical bills piled up, his condition worsened, and soon Wanda was no longer able to care for him at home.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

When Keeping Care in the Family, Put it in Writing


Ruth lived alone after her husband died. Soon her son Ted noticed that she didn’t have enough clean clothes, her fridge was empty, and she had fallen a few times.

Clearly if Ruth were going to stay at home – and who wouldn’t rather do that, if possible – she would need help. Ted was willing to move in and care for Ruth, but he would have to sell his house and quit his job, losing employment benefits and putting his career on hold. However, if he could be paid for Ruth’s care, that would ease the sacrifice considerably.
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Medicare and Medicaid: Unlocking the Mystery

Medicare and Medicaid have long been a mystery to many consumers. In fact, it can baffle and confuse even some of the smartest citizens.
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Monday, March 26, 2018

Creative Financial Approaches for Paying for Long-term Care

Long term care insurance was sold aggressively in the 1980s, 90s and thereafter to offset the costs of seniors needing to live in a nursing home, assisted living or needing at home health care. Now, however, the business of long term care insurance has dramatically changed.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Seniors and the Fear of Falling


As an elder law attorney, I frequently meet with the spouse or middle-aged, adult children of an elderly person who is hospitalized or in a nursing home due to the effects of a fall. The injuries sustained in the fall are often a main factor that results in a senior having to move to long-term care and then their family meets with me to help determine how to pay for it and to make sure the estate plan is in order.

Fear of falling can take a toll when your sense of balance is fading. Some seniors avoid walking and even moving due to a fear of falling and the possibility of injury. However, being sedentary is bad for your health, too.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Medicaid Reform: Are Block Grants Coming?

Medicaid, the single largest source of health coverage in the United States, provides health coverage to almost 75 million Americans, including children, pregnant women, parents, seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Medicaid is a federal program, but it is administered by the states. To participate in Medicaid, federal law requires states to cover certain groups of individuals, such as low income families and individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). States may choose to cover other groups, such as individuals receiving home- and community-based services.

Funding for the Medicaid program comes from both the federal government and the individual state governments.


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