March 2022

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

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

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