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Why You Need to Plan for Long-Term Care

In 1965, Medicaid was created to provide health insurance to low-income and asset-poor individuals. The state and the federal governments cooperate in delivering benefits. The state you live in makes a big difference in determining when or if you are eligible.…

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Why are Your SSI and SSDI Claims Receiving Rejection?

Before spending time and energy on the application process for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), review some of the major disqualifiers. Eligible individuals can benefit from both programs though they have distinct differences. The major difference…

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Why Do You Need an Elder Law Attorney?

An elder law attorney can help you plan for the future, whether you have an older adult loved one or are concerned about your own financial health and well-being. Elder law is a highly specialized area of law focusing on…

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Do You Understand Gifting and the Medicaid Penalty?

Medicaid is a federal/state program which helps low-income seniors with limited income and assets afford healthcare and long-term care. Many seniors believe their only option to qualify for the program is to “spend down” their assets. While this is true…

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Inheritances and Medicaid: Handle with Care

Costly mistakes are often made when it comes to inheritances and Medicaid. When a person is drawing Medicaid benefits and inherits money or property, that inheritance jeopardizes the benefits. The inheritance must be handled carefully to minimize expensive penalties. What…

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What You Need to Know About Senior Estate Planning

When it comes to estate planning, older Americans are typically more prepared than their younger counterparts. However, according to survey data, only 19 percent of people over the age 72 and 42 percent of those between 53 and 71, have…

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Common Misconceptions About Power of Attorney

Having a reliable power of attorney is one of the most crucial estate planning documents you can have. This type of legal document allows someone who you appoint (your agent) to make decisions on your behalf in the event you…

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Dementia Seen as Significant Health Challenge

Somewhere in the world, every three seconds, someone is being diagnosed with dementia. Dementia is a catchall phrase that refers to many types of neurodegenerative diseases. Neurodegenerative diseases bring about the onset of dementia including but not limited to: Alzheimer’s…

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Understand the Risks of Medicaid and Gift Giving

Many seniors enjoy being generous to their children by gifting them monetarily. In certain circumstances, however, there is a real concern that people who may be in need of long-term nursing care in the near future should not give gifts.…

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