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Why You Should Use a Lawyer for Medicaid Planning

Many seniors and their families don't use a lawyer to plan for long-term care or Medicaid, often because they're afraid of the cost. But an attorney can help you save money in the long run as well as make sure you are getting the best care for your loved one.

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Be Prepared for Medicare Open Enrollment

It’s hard to believe it is already nearing the end of September. Just around the corner is Halloween, which starts the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. All of this also means that open enrollment for Medicare is almost here. The Medicare open enrollment period runs from October 15th through December 7th.

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What Is an Elder Law Attorney?

Elder law is an area of legal practice that specializes on issues that affect the aging population. The purpose of elder law planning is to prepare the elderly person for financial freedom and autonomy through proper financial planning and long-term care options. (Wikipedia)

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Medicaid Eligibility and Life Insurance

Before applying for Medicaid, you want to make sure you qualify. As we have mentioned in the past, there are several rules that come into play when dealing with Medicaid and one of them is your income and assets. To qualify, you can have no more than $2,400 in countable assets. One thing individuals may not factor in, when determining their assets, is their life insurance policy. Life insurance policies are typically available as either term life insurance or whole life insurance.

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Covid-19 Related Purchases May Be Tax Deductible

If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, you may be able to add another tax deduction! The IRS announced that you can include what you spent on face masks, sanitizer, sanitizing wipes and any other products to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus as a medical expense.

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Covid-19 Relief Bill and Seniors

With the last COVID-19 relief bill (American Rescue Plan Act or ARPA), you may be wondering what assistance is being provided to seniors. We’re going to break things down for you that is easy to understand.

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Can You Use Estate Planning to Prepare for Medicaid?

When thinking about the future there is quite a bit to consider. One of those is what you’re going to do if you can’t stay in your house as you get older. If you would need to end up in a nursing home, keep in mind that long-term care is very expensive. In many instances, individuals will pay for it with their savings until it runs out. After that happens, they can then qualify for Medicaid to take over the costs.

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Long-Term Care Benefits for Veterans and Surviving Spouses

Long-term care costs can add up quickly. For veterans and the surviving spouses of veterans who need in-home care or are in a nursing home, help may be available. The Veterans Administration (VA) has an underused pension benefit called Aid and Attendance that provides money to those who need assistance performing everyday tasks. Even veterans whose income is above the legal limit for a VA pension may qualify for the Aid and Attendance benefit if they have large medical expenses for which they do not receive reimbursement.

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How to Fix a Required Minimum Distribution Mistake

The rules around required minimum distributions from retirement accounts are confusing, and it’s easy to slip up. Fortunately, if you do make a mistake, there are steps you can take to fix the error and possibly avoid a stiff penalty.

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Where’s My Coronavirus Relief Payment? Well, It Depends.

The centerpiece of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law March 27, 2020, is its one-time $1,200 payments to millions of eligible individuals. When can you expect your payment and how much will it be? The answer to the first question has been changing on an almost daily basis, but finally seems to have come into focus. Here’s the latest word.

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