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What happens to your spouse’s income if they are admitted to a nursing home?

Posted on: October 20, 2021
Medicaid has recently made some changes to provide protection for certain individuals, should their spouse be admitted to a nursing home. This protection is provided for individuals whose significant others are the breadwinners of the household. While Medicaid does limit the assets that a spouse of a Medicaid applicant is allowed to retain, the income […]
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Aging parents grow stubborn

Be Prepared for Medicare Open Enrollment

Posted on: September 17, 2021
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. During this […]
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estate planning

Here’s Why You Need an Estate Plan

Posted on: July 31, 2021
No matter what line of work you are in, estate planning has facets that apply to everyone, and it comes down to documenting wishes and avoiding probate and unnecessary taxes. Too many people put it off, but, in general, the sooner you do it, the better.
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medicaid planning

What Is an Elder Law Attorney?

Posted on: July 26, 2021
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) Elder law attorneys are advocates for the elderly and their loved ones. […]
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veteran benefits

Long-Term Care Benefits for Veterans and Surviving Spouses

Posted on: November 11, 2020
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 […]
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Required Minimum Distribution

How to Fix a Required Minimum Distribution Mistake

Posted on: November 6, 2020
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. If you have a tax-deferred retirement plan such as a traditional IRA or 401(k), you […]
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