Medicaid’s Protections Are Afforded To Same-Sex Couples Nationwide
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Medicaid’s Protections Are Afforded To Same-Sex Couples Nationwide

In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional and that states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Among other implications, the ruling means that same-sex couples living in states that previously did not recognize their marriage will now be covered by Medicaid’s “spousal...

Understanding Your FDIC Coverage
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Understanding Your FDIC Coverage

The FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) is an independent agency of the United States government, created to protect depositors of FDIC insured banks and savings associations, against loss due to the failure of the insured bank. It covers all types of deposits, checking, savings, money market and time deposits like certificates of deposit (“CDs”), dollar-for-dollar...

What is Hospice Care?
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What is Hospice Care?

Hospice is a specific type of “palliative care” which focuses on comfort driven care and pain relief, not curing. While palliative care may be available for patients at any stage of an illness, hospice care is for those with “a life-limiting illness,” in other words, people who are un- likely to live for more than...

Medicaid Can Recoup Benefits Paid
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Medicaid Can Recoup Benefits Paid

Federal law requires each state to attempt to recover the benefits paid by Medicaid from the estate of a Medicaid recipient after the recipient’s death. While Medicaid planning is permissible, and Medicaid even promulgates rules to help us plan for future eligibility, many people do not recognize the benefits or avail themselves of these rights....

Why Estate Planning is Important for New Parents
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Why Estate Planning is Important for New Parents

Expecting and new parents have a lot on their minds and estate planning should be among them. From the anticipation of the arrival of their baby to the sleepless nights with a newborn, becoming a new parent carries new responsibilities. A Last Will and Testament is the only legal way to designate a guardian for...

Experience Counts!
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Experience Counts!

All too often, we meet with clients who, with the best of intentions, have tried to effectuate Medicaid planning themselves or with an at- torney whose practice concentrates in other areas of the law and not elder law. Invariably, we are asked to fix the mistakes that were made. Regrettably, there are some mistakes that cannot...

Slowing Alzheimer’s: Things You Can Do
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Slowing Alzheimer’s: Things You Can Do

Memory loss; difficulty solving problems; becoming confused about place or date or time. Only a doctor can determine whether your or a loved one’s issues are the result of Alzheimer’s or something else, and that doctor should prescribe a course of action for treatment. There are, however, things that you might do to help slow...

Estate Planning for Business Owners
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Estate Planning for Business Owners

If you are the owner of a business or professional practice, it is important that your estate planning documents are complete and up-to-date. You should develop an ownership transition plan so that your family and your business will be protected in the event of your death or incapacity. It is also important to consider the...

Questions to Ask Before a Senior Goes Home from the Hospital
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Questions to Ask Before a Senior Goes Home from the Hospital

Seniors face unique perils when they are hospitalized. Apart from the ever-present threat of Covid infection, delirium, functional decline and medication toxicity are some of the problems that more frequently affect seniors than younger patients. Upon discharge, many patients are overwhelmed by the information they are expected to digest including discharge instructions and follow-up appointments....