Keep the Cost of Long-Term Care from Depleting Your Estate

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One of the greatest concerns of seniors and their families is the cost of long-term care, especially the cost of nursing home care. Long-term care refers to a range of services necessary to meet your personal needs. Most long-term care Read More …

Protecting Your House from Medicaid Estate Recovery

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After a Medicaid recipient dies, the state must attempt to recoup from his or her estate whatever benefits it paid for the recipient’s care. This is called “estate recovery.” For most Medicaid recipients, their house is the only asset available, Read More …

Can You Name Minors as Your Beneficiaries?

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Most people want to pass their assets to their children or grandchildren, so should you name a minor as your beneficiary? No. Naming a minor as a beneficiary can have unintended consequences. It is important to make a plan that Read More …

Expanded Protections for Non-Borrowing Spouse of Reverse Mortgage Holders

Reverse Mortgage Estate Planning Attorney

This is our first post about reverse mortgages. If you have questions about how a reverse mortgage could fit into your estate planning, please contact us for a free consultation. New Protections for the Non-Borrowing Spouse of Reverse Mortgage The Read More …

Dual Eligibility: Qualify for Both Medicare and Medicaid to Reduce Costs

Dual Eligibility

Qualifying for Medicare hardly means free health care — there are still premiums and deductibles. However, people who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid (called “dual eligibility”) receive help paying their out-of-pocket costs. Medicare is a federal program available to Read More …

Medicaid Planning: Beware of Non-Lawyers Offering Advice

2021 Medicare Premiums

In recent years a number of non-lawyers have started businesses offering Medicaid planning services to seniors. While using one of these services may be cheaper than hiring a lawyer, the overall costs may be far greater. If you use a Read More …

Bill Reintroduced to Greatly Expand Eligibility for ABLE Accounts

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More than six million people whose disabilities arose later in life will be able to open ABLE savings accounts if a bill just reintroduced in Congress, the ABLE Age Adjustment Act, becomes law. In 2014, Congress passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Read More …

Saying Medicaid Estate Recovery Keeps Families in Poverty, Groups Call to Abolish It

Talking ABout Estate Planning to Parents

To qualify for Medicaid coverage of long-term care, you must satisfy very complicated financial eligibility rules—rules that often can be traps for the unwary. One of the most significant traps is Medicaid’s right to recover its expenses from your estate Read More …

Industry Group Reports 2021 Premiums for New Long-Term Care Insurance Policies

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Prices of new long-term care insurance policies for 2021 have have been posted in the annual report from the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, an industry group. The price increases apply to new, not current policies.  Comparing the 2021 prices with 2020 Read More …

Who Should Buy Long-Term Care Insurance?

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Buying long-term care insurance is one way to protect against the high cost of long-term care. However, this type of insurance may not be for everyone, so consider all your options. Long-term care – care in a nursing home or Read More …

Senators Propose Sweeping Changes to the Taxation of Estates and Inherited Gains

Inheritance Tax Changes

Vermont senator Bernie Sanders (D) has introduced legislation that would require more estates to pay estate tax and that raises the amounts they would pay. Another proposed law would eliminate the step-up in basis that inherited assets currently enjoy. Taken Read More …