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What is the CSRA? Preserve Additional Assets with Medicaid Planning.

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Medicaid is a joint program of the federal and state governments that can cover the nursing home costs of individuals who meet its strict financial requirements.      Single Person Medicaid Qualifications: A single person may qualify for Medicaid only Read More …

Benefits of a Pre-Paid Funeral Plan and Tips for Vetting Out the Funeral Home

PrePaid Funeral Expense Medicaid Qualifications

Prepaying for your funeral is one way to ease the burden on your family following your death and make sure your wishes are carried out. But pre-paid funeral plans come with risks, so you need to exercise care when purchasing Read More …

Does My Living Will, or Advance Directive, Work in Another State?

Check Your Advance Directives with Estate Planning Attorney If You Go out of State

Making sure your end-of-life wishes are followed no matter where you are is important. When you move to a different state, work in a different state for long periods of time, vacation in a different state for months at a Read More …

Medigap: Plugging Most Holes in Medicare Coverage

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With all the deductibles, copayments and coverage exclusions, Medicare pays for only about half of the medical costs of America’s senior citizens. Much of the balance not covered by Medicare can be covered by purchasing a “Medigap” insurance policy. Medigap Read More …

CARES Act RMD Waiver, 60-Day Rollover Extension and July 15th Deadline

Rolling Over Your RMD Because of Corona virus

Retirement account owners, many of whose retirement balances have been pummeled by a stock market drop due to the coronavirus pandemic, do not have to take mandatory withdrawals this year. Typically there are rules mandating Required Minimum Distributions, or RMDs, Read More …

Feds Release 2020 Guidelines Used to Protect the Spouses of Medicaid Applicants

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 federal guidelines for how much money the spouses of institutionalized Medicaid recipients may keep, as well as related Medicaid figures. How Much Can the Spouse Keep Without Jeopardizing Medicaid Read More …

What to Do and Not Do with Your Estate Planning Documents

What to Do With Estate Planning Documents

Creating and executing estate planning documents is just the first step. Once you have completed the documents, you need to know what to do with them. All estate plans should include, at minimum, two important planning instruments: a durable power Read More …

How to Assist Aging Parents During the Pandemic

Helping Aging Parents During COVID19

If your parents are getting on in years, you may be helping them with their finances and other matters, such as medical visits and shopping. You may live close by and be able to visit weekly or more often. Or Read More …

The Coronavirus Relief Bill: Impact on Seniors and Estate Planning

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Signed into law on March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a $2 trillion economic relief package Congress passed to help Americans deal with the devastating financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. This Coronavirus Read More …

SSI Recipients to Get $1,200 Emergency COVID-19 Automatically Deposited

Coronavirus IRS Check for Man on Social Security

Until recently, there were more questions than answers about the one-time $1,200 payments to millions of eligible individuals that were at the centerpiece of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law March 27, Read More …

Must Read: Three Ways Coronavirus Relief Changes Retirement Account Tax Rules

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Those of you familiar with Joseph L. Motta, LPA know that we typically focus our blogs, posts and updates on estate planning, long term care planning and special needs planning. However, we will be expanding our topics to provide expertise Read More …

How to Protect Yourself or Loved Ones from Coronavirus in Long Term Care Facilities

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At the office of Joseph L. Motta, LPA in Avon Lake, we specialize in offering our expertise in long term care planning and estate planning so we know that as the coronavirus spreads across our country, long term care residents Read More …

Millennials Taking Care of Aging Boomers Makes Long Term Care Planning Even More Important

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Do you remember the term “sandwich generation?” It’s a phrase coined to refer to baby boomers who were taking care of their parents while also having young children of their own. However, now millennials are moving into the sandwich generation Read More …

How to Create an Estate Plan to Benefit a Child with Special Needs

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People not familiar with children with special needs often find it surprising when we explain our areas of expertise are estate planning, long term care planning, elder law and special needs planning.  They usually haven’t considered that children with disabilities Read More …