May 2018

Zippy the Chicken – “Lawyer of Distinction”

by Stanley M. Vasiliadis, Esquire What’s in a name?  That depends on the name.  Apparently, all that’s needed to acquire the title “Lawyer of Distinction” is submission of an application together with a registration fee. Who would have guessed that Zippy, a chicken, could qualify?  Think I’m kidding?  Check it out at https://mockingbird.marketing/lawyers-distinction-cease-desist-threat/ A proliferation

Using an Asset Protection Trust to qualify for Medicaid

by Stanley M. Vasiliadis, Esquire Nursing homes cost $120,000 a year.  Medicare and health insurance don’t pay for this. Financial products alone are usually not enough.  For all but the very wealthy, planning to qualify for Medicaid, which does pay for long-term nursing home care, is an essential part of prudent retirement and estate planning.

How to Appeal a Medicare Prescription Drug Denial

If your Medicare drug plan denies coverage for a drug you need, you don't have to simply accept it. There are several steps you can take to fight the decision. The insurers offering Medicare drug plans choose the medicines -- both brand-name and generic -- that they will include in a plan's "formulary," the roster

Agent’s Transfer of Property to a Medicaid Trust Violates Power of Attorney

A Pennsylvania appeals court rules that an agent under a power of attorney did not have authority to create a Medicaid trust and transfer her mother's property to the trust because the power of attorney allowed her to transfer property only to a trust that was created before the power of attorney was signed. In Re:

Scientists Push Plan To Change How Researchers Define Alzheimer’s

An international coalition of brain researchers is suggesting a new way of looking at Alzheimer's. Instead of defining the disease through symptoms like memory problems or fuzzy thinking, the scientists want to focus on biological changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer's. These include the plaques and tangles that build up in the brains of