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Welcome to the Joseph L. Motta blog where we post articles relevant to our specialty practice areas of estate planning, long term care planning, Medicaid planning, special needs planning, wills, trusts and estate planning documents. We also post local events where we'll be speaking or taking questions in and around the Avon Lake, Ohio area. If you are looking for a specific article, or content to fit a particular period of life, use the categories below to filter our posts by category, or the search feature to enter something more specific. 

Medicaid’s Power to Recoup Benefits Paid: Estate Recovery and Liens

Federal law requires the state to attempt to recover the long-term care benefits from a Medicaid recipient's estate after the recipient's death. If steps aren't taken to protect the Medicaid recipient's house, it may need to be sold to settle the claim. For Read More ...

Qualify For Medicaid While Supporting Your Child With Disabilities

If you have a child with a disability, providing for them into the future will likely stand among your top priorities. However, if you also wish to apply for Medicaid to cover your own long-term care expenses, first consider establishing Read More ...

Biden Proposes Major Nursing Home Reforms Implemented by Medicare Services

The Biden administration has announced far-reaching nursing home reforms, targeting staffing and accountability at facilities with deficient care. Advocates are calling the proposals, which include the first-ever federal minimum staffing levels, the most significant reforms in decades. Nursing homes have Read More ...

When Are Survivors Eligible for Benefits After a Social Security Recipient Dies?

When loved ones pass away, there are lots of considerations, including what happens to their Social Security. The decedent’s payments need to be stopped, but survivor’s benefits may be available to the spouse or, in certain cases, children. Social Security Read More ...

Home Health Aide Costs See the Sharpest Increase in Annual Long-Term Care Survey

Long-term care costs climbed again in 2021, with rates for home health aides and homemakers seeing the sharpest rises, according to Genworth’s annual Cost of Care Survey. The coronavirus pandemic continues to contribute to cost increases. In the past year, Read More ...