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Should You Prepare a Medicaid Application Yourself?

Preparing a Medicaid application to qualify a loved-one for benefits to pay for nursing home care is a difficult and often long, drawn-out process. Detailed information regarding assets, income and expenses must be gathered and documented, including transfers for less than fair market value made by applicant or spouse within the 60-month “look-back” period immediately

Divorce and the Child With Special Needs: Be Aware of Child Support Payments

Depending on which statistics you believe, between 40 and 50 percent of first marriages will end in divorce or permanent separation, and second marriages fare even worse. While there is no such thing as a "typical" divorce, a divorcing couple that has a child with special needs faces an even more complicated series of decisions

What Documents Are Required for a Medicaid Application?

Medicare and health insurance don’t pay for long-term nursing home care. Medicaid, does, but impoverishment is the price of admission to the Medicaid program. Proper planning enables one to qualify for Medicaid benefits while protecting substantial assets for spouse and family. In order to qualify, applicants must prove that they have limited income and assets.

Annual Contribution Ceiling for ABLE Accounts Rises and More States Add Programs

The maximum amount that can be contributed each year to an ABLE account for a person with disabilities rose $1,000 to $16,000 on January 1, 2022.  The figure, which is tied to the inflation-adjusted value of the IRS’s gift tax annual exclusion, had been stuck at $15,000 since 2018.  Pennsylvania and 45 other states offer ABLE

Why You May Need a Trust in Addition to a Power of Attorney

By Stanley M. Vasiliadis, Esq., CELA While a durable general power of attorney that appoints someone to act for you if you become incapacitated is a great tool, in some circumstances it is not enough. In these cases, a revocable trust can help. A durable general power of attorney allows you to appoint someone you

When a Social Security Recipient Dies, Survivors May Be Eligible for Benefits

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 benefits stop at death. If a loved one who was receiving Social Security dies, you

Claiming Social Security Benefits at Age 70

If you are about to turn 70, congratulations on reaching a big milestone.  And if you also have delayed claiming Social Security retirement benefits up till now, you are joining a select group -- only 6.5 percent of Social Security recipients put off collecting their benefits until they reach three score and ten, the age